Brother Of Jerry
Date: February 04, 2023 09:20AM
Heather Gay is one of the participants on Real Housewives of SLC. I've never seen the show because I'd rather have a root canal than watch any of the Real Housewives franchise, but Heather was written up in the NYTimes yesterday, and it is a pretty interesting article. She is about to release a memoir, and is in a trademark battle with LDS Inc because she is trying to trademark the term Bad Mormon for using on coffee mugs and other merchandise.https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/02/style/heather-gay-real-housewives-bad-mormon.html
If you are paywalled out, not all that much in the article is essential to your salvation. Here are the relevant points:
>But “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” is responsible for some of the most dramatic story lines in the franchise — one cast member [Jen Shah] pleaded guilty to widespread fraud in federal court and another is married to her step-grandfather — and Ms. Gay’s struggles with her faith are often relegated to B or even C plots. “Bad Mormon,” Ms. Gay’s new memoir, which comes out on Feb. 7, is her opportunity to explore her own feelings at length.
How Utah is that?
One housewife convicted of fraud.
One housewife married to her step-grandfatherhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlJH81dSiw
And one a divorced BYU grad returned missionary writing a book entitled Bad Mormon.
>Ms. Gay, 48, details the pain, confusion, shame and depression she experienced during four-and-a-half decades of loyal membership in the church, and her eventual decision to leave. She describes being asked questions about her sexual experiences by her bishop when she was a teenager (a practice others have spoken out about); “preaching eternal life while dying inside” as a 20-something missionary in the south of France; and pushing through a decade of a zombielike existence with her ex-husband.
>In June 2022, Ms. Gay filed a trademark application on the words “Bad Mormon” for use on merchandise like beer mugs, shirts and socks. The church is opposing the application, claiming that Ms. Gay’s trademark intends “to cause confusion, tarnishment and dilution,” and that her use of the word “bad” is “deceptive in that it falsely represents that Opposer, the Church or its members are bad or otherwise behaving immorally or contrary to the teachings of the Church.” The case is currently scheduled for oral arguments in May 2024. The church did not offer any comment on the matter.
Since the book is coming out next week, I suspect there will be local news stories about it, but this was a national story. LDS Inc can't catch a break these days. It's one negative story after another.
Couldn't happen to a nicer cult.