By Paul Pannone
In a story that’s shocking the wedding business but not surprising to those familiar with the details, Samantha Goldberg underscored original statements assuring her written criticisms against Marni Gold are Nothing Personal. Goldberg continues to slam Gold in all Social Media circles, slowly joined by others who say they too were burned by Marni Gold in the past.
Samanth Goldberg has relentlessly gone after people and organizations she feels do not have the best interest of the wedding business and its members, including Wedding Wire. In late 2011 Goldberg rocked Wedding Wire’s world and gained the support of wedding vendors who agreed they had been wronged by the review website.
Marni Gold told eWedNewz she doesn’t know why she is being tormented by Samantha Goldberg. Samantha Goldberg assures Marni Gold it’s “nothing personal”.
In a follow-up statement to the story Goldberg said the following:
“I would like to add, I thank everyone for your support on Twitter, FB and more…My goal is to focus on what is right, truthful and the standards in which our end-user expect. Look around you, it’s the end-user who suffers due to vendors like this who take a REALLY good thing, and turn it into something I have no words for. I have not 1 reason to have a PERSONAL “vendetta” of Mrs Gold..I don’t know her, never met her to even get to know her and honestly, I don’t care to at this point. The key word here is it’s NOT PERSONAL – It’s the actions of the person which I want to stop.
My fear for the “end-user” ( of the various seminar subjects and it’s attendees) which are not directed to Marni personally is that someone always suffers with each idea she has.. Why share information in a misleading fashion if you claim to do good? Why was the non-profit not shared with the public?
I have shared tangible proof.
Marni asked for me to share my thoughts…I did. I shared my goal to stop this nonsense so that those in the know or not- Will not have to keep the everlasting wall of being uncertain up-How can one trust any good deed when you have things like this that linger every-time? You have to question if your investment is REALLY going to the cause and or topic of seminar being what it claims..
It never used to be this way…I hope that we as an industry can regroup and retrain so we can continue LOVING what we do instead of not trusting our peers. It happens everyday and M Gold is not the only person who allows for this…
Again, my focus is NOT personal nor is my goal to destroy or defame…It’s to make you aware…Not being aware for those who have been public, they would share the road to recovery/trust is usually a long one and for some resulted leaving our industry which honestly is/was a shame. We have lost some great leaders based on issues such as this…If defame/destroy is the result it’s not due to me alerting those to be aware and more so facts that become public which help me to stop such nonsense and follow the same actions to stick with the facts. I have Facts,” says Goldberg.
Others support Goldberg including Dorinda Duclos of New Jersey. In an Sunday morning exchange on Facebook Duclos says she was victimized by Gold in the past and is ready to give proof if need be. Duclos raises questions about Marni Gold’s most recent project guided by her experience .
“If she’s so high on WUWNJ, why isn’t the charity’s name being used on the Facebook page for this event? It claims to be donated to our non-profit of choice. There’s a lot out there and it makes me sick that she’s still getting away with this crap,” said Duclos.
eWedNewz dug deeper while alerting Duclos the story has many twists and turns with behind-the-scene information of which most people are unaware.
” I am speaking about Marni (Gold) and applauding Samantha for taking a stand. It’s gone on long enough. I have had my own dealings with Marni and really wish this to all come to an end; sooner than later,” said Duclos.
The story became public over the weekend but is known by those who say Marni Gold has a history of failures and dubious allegations. So-far no tangible proof has been presented but, according to Goldberg and now Duclos both say they can substantiate their claims with facts.
Goldberg and Duclos are both members of the Wedding Water Cooler. They’re joined by other members of the group discussing the story who are also throwing daggers at Marni Gold’s method of recruitment and invitation to speak at events. Some say they’re refraining from any involvement until more facts come to light.
So-far an overwhelming majority (54%) side with Samantha Goldberg while a smaller representation of people (8%) side with Marni Gold on the story.
What do you think?
eWedNewz continues our investigation into this story.
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