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Stacy Head doesn't want you to save your seat.

From the comments on a previous post that can be read here.

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Please let me share a story that my fiance sent to the editor of the local paper. It tells about a recent encounter we had with Stacy Head:

My family and I just returned from a wonderful visit to 2008 New Orleans and Jazz Fest. I have attended every Jazz Fest since 1983. My 11 and 9 year old daughters have attended every Jazz Fest since their respective births. My fiancé has enjoyed the region and its offerings on no less than five separate occasions since we met a year and a half ago. Despite the rainy weather we loved the first weekend, as always, and will be back for weekend 2. While we have not lived the post-Katrina challenges directly, we certainly empathize with the challenges. It has been encouraging to see the improvement during our many post-Katrina visits. We joined the Audubon Zoo last year knowing it was unlikely we would get a chance to visit regularly, but hoping the funds would be put to good use. I have lived and worked in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge for years and someday we hope to be able to return to the area to live. I guess I know enough about the area’s culture to realize that the foregoing “credentials” are helpful to what I am now going to say.

Unfortunately, our Jazz Fest experience was marred by a dispute over seating in the blues tent on Friday. I left to take my daughters to the porta-potties. My fiancé held our three seats. When we returned 15 minutes later, she was in deep discussion with several women. It turns out that they asked if our seats were available. The response, “no, but you can sit in them until the rest of the party returns”. As we returned, the women refused to get up, demanded we move down to use an open seat—not a bad idea, but we were still short a seat--etc. Our group, including young children, had to witness a less than kind interaction which included my fiancé being called a “Yankee bitch”--she from Kentucky with as strong a Southern heritage (and accent) as it comes. When the group of aggressors finally left, one of the women came behind my fiancé and proceeded to verbally dress her down at length. While perturbed by the incident, we attempted to enjoy the rest of the set. Of note, several seats opened up around us within two or three minutes (it was early in the day).

What happened next amazed us. A pleasant middle aged gentleman came up and apologized to us noting that he was embarrassed because the “leader of the pack” was Councilwoman Stacy S. Head. He indicated that he had introduced himself to her a few minutes before the altercation as she represented his district. He “couldn’t believe” how she and her group had acted. Sure enough when we checked the internet that evening it was Ms. Head who led the altercation. While her web-site boasts, stated credentials, church membership, etc. are all very interesting; I would submit that New Orleans deserves to be represented by better. As long as interactions are led with hostility and followed by put-downs such as that chosen by Ms. Head (Yankee bitch) New Orleans will not move forward. I have always been bemused by endless editorials about “outsiders who do not understand, have proper appreciation, etc.” The fact is the region has rich cultural and tourist offerings-perhaps better than any other in the nation. That said attitudes like those displayed by Ms. Head can deter all but the most committed from wanting to visit. We will be back because of our love for the area, but had Ms. Head randomly abused a first time visitor I can imagine a different result. A city that prides itself on tourism and is reliant upon tourist trade needs to rethink its approach beginning with what its elected leaders convey. Something is fundamentally wrong when people who visit have to do so “in spite of…”

April 28, 2008 in Nola Stuff | Permalink

Comments

Poor, poor, poor Miz Head - sounds like she is on the brink of cracking up...

...the power must be rubbing off on her, a la the I-10 100 mph-er

Posted by: swampwoman | Apr 28, 2008 6:35:49 PM

Wow, I'm disgusted, and not surprised, that this happened to you. On behalf of the assjackals that run this city, my apoloiges.

Posted by: Marrus | Apr 28, 2008 7:25:43 PM

Wow, I'm disgusted, and not surprised, that this happened to you. On behalf of the assjackals that run this city, my apoloiges.

Posted by: Marrus | Apr 28, 2008 7:25:46 PM

haney. any way to find out if this is for true or just an internet swipe?

really want to know.

damn. i loved the old bloggers chant of "we want head".

sucks if this is for true.

Posted by: rickngentilly | Apr 28, 2008 10:00:23 PM

Take Stacy Head Bowling:
http://blog.threepipeproblem.com/post/32506170

Posted by: 3pipe | Apr 29, 2008 4:14:36 AM

Hit her up on her email:

Julie

juliehughes@yahoo.com

Posted by: humidhaney | Apr 29, 2008 7:43:52 AM

Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Posted by: Cynthia | Apr 29, 2008 10:57:23 AM

I hate to go all mainstream media on you, but why not also contact Head to see what she says? She's always responded quickly to any email I've ever sent her.

Posted by: Frolic | Apr 29, 2008 11:10:16 AM

i totally agree with Frolic. Ask Ms. Head for a response.

Posted by: oludumare | Apr 29, 2008 11:57:37 AM

Sent.

Posted by: humidhaney | Apr 29, 2008 12:10:57 PM

Or we can just invite her to the next CSNA meeting, I'll wear a t-shirt that says Yankee Bitch and we'll see how she reacts.

Posted by: Maitri | Apr 29, 2008 1:44:14 PM

That's funny Maitri, perhaps I should have one made up before coming back to New Orleans this weekend and wear it to Jazz Fest. BTW, thanks to everyone for all of the nice/supportive comments and e-mails!

Posted by: Julie | Apr 29, 2008 4:43:24 PM

If it happened, Head's behavior is way out of line.

On the OTHER hand, it's against the rules to save big rows of seats for your friends in the tents, and it drives me up a wall when people will save seats for an hour for friends who "just went to the bathroom" and they get back and talk about what they just saw on the Gentilly Stage.

Head: Quit being a bitch.
Bitch from Kentucky: Don't save seats. Head was in the wrong behavior-wise, but she was RIGHT about those seats.

Posted by: Ray | Apr 29, 2008 6:09:19 PM

Last time i checked a row was many more than just three seats. Anyway she was saving them for two little girls while they were in the bathroom and not at another stage.

Posted by: MrJackGriffin | Apr 29, 2008 6:47:24 PM

Blake, is there a name attached to this email and story? Parts of it ring true but I won't be sold until a name is attached. Mind you, I may have missed it somewhere.

Posted by: Adrastos | Apr 29, 2008 10:25:22 PM

Yeah, everybody SAYS they're just saving them for somebody who went to the bathroom, but in my experience that's often not true, or they went to the bathroom, stopped off for drinks, got some food, and maybe got a little distracted by the Hot 8 on the way back. I've seen people save multiple seats for a fucking HOUR for somebody who was just going to the bathroom. It's a constant source of tension within the tents, which is why I typically avoid the tents entirely during Jazz Fest...the whole Lord of the Flies mentality over seating and chair space just harshes my buzz.

Still not defending Head's behavior (if it really happened), but being pissed off at seat-savers is not something that just magically occurred in a vacuum on that one day; there's a long history of self-righteous conflict on both sides there. If you think Head is the first person, local or otherwise, who's gotten up in somebody's face over saving seats in the tents, you're either new here or you're not paying attention.

Posted by: Ray | Apr 29, 2008 10:49:25 PM

Why are you such an angry and hostile person Ray?

Posted by: puzzeled | Apr 29, 2008 11:17:36 PM

At least I don't go around insulting other people under the cloak of anonymity; I consider that rude and hostile and something I would never do.

Come out where we can see you, shy little puzzeled.

Posted by: Ray | Apr 30, 2008 8:22:50 AM

Sent Head an email asking after it as well. Haven't heard back.

Posted by: Maitri | Apr 30, 2008 10:35:04 AM

NOTE the account does not say that Ms. Head said anything. There is just a second hand account that Ms. Head was part of a group of which one member may or may not have said something. A man said Ms. Head was "leader of (that) Pack" which is pretty subjective.

The whole account is meant to damn Ms. Head for something the author can't even pin on her! I'd say it's libelous.

Posted by: JFW | Apr 30, 2008 11:16:16 AM

Apparently, the author is a real live human being whose name Mark Folse discovered and she assured Mark that the account is indeed true. That said, even if a member of Head's party or Head herself said anything derogatory, it cannot be proven and will become a he said she said thing. Unless the "witness" who observed the altercation and informed these folks of the identity of the "perpetrator" pipes up, we don't have any corroboration.

So, in the lack of damning eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence, I am merely going to relish the term "Yankee Bitch" (because it is too priceless regardless of the circumstance) and move right along.

Posted by: Maitri | Apr 30, 2008 11:57:38 AM

YEH, what the hell has the Comus/Momus doofi of New Orleans ever done for this City! OK apart from bringing business to the City, building most of the City landmarks and starting most of the cultural institutions... what have they done! Exactly!

Posted by: Ed | Apr 30, 2008 12:04:32 PM

Oh, and starting Mardi Gras as we know it.

So What the hell have they done besides starting Mardi Gras, bringing business to the City, building most of the City landmarks and starting most of the cultural institutions?!

Posted by: Ed | Apr 30, 2008 12:44:03 PM

Tracy Head = Stacy Flick

Posted by: berto | Apr 30, 2008 4:08:39 PM

wet?

Posted by: Ferris Beuler | Apr 30, 2008 4:09:38 PM

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