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Connecticut Woman’s Thumb Accused of “Green Face” After Garden Is Revealed to Be “Just Okay”

Not enough plants

The Lede:

A Connecticut woman garnered national attention, amassing over 1.4 million followers across all platforms and hundreds of thousands in advertising dollars, for her “Sprout It From the Rooftops” instructional videos, but when a local access TV interview caught a glimpse of her garden without the glam of filters, people started asking questions.

A picture says a thousand words

A picture from ‘04 resurfaced of the woman, then an undergrad at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, in which the color of her thumbs clearly match the rest of her hand. Then, in early 2020, at the height of the pandemic and the launch of her instructional series, a photo shows the woman smiling with thumbs that are almost radioactively green. Social media has cried foul as followers of her accounts noticed the difference and began posting the two images side by side with the hashtag #culturevulture. Twitter users expressed their distaste on a spectrum from disappointment to rage. One user said, “It’s just another example of our culture being ripped off and sold for profit - at this point, I’m numb to it,” another offering, “It’s like when you’re a kid and find out that Santa isn’t real.” Some, however, were more aggressive, with one user exclaiming “reap what you sow B****!”

A reputation soiled

The revelation has sent advertisers running, as Scotts, Husqvarna, and Lowes have all pulled their sponsorships. All three have put out statements saying that they were unaware of the deception at the time they entered into their partnerships, but in the future, will make a conscious effort to promote thumbs of color. The chairperson of the Home Owners Society of Excellence, or HOSE, has rebuked the woman in a public statement, saying, “Green Face has no place in our society and it will not be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with those whose thumbs are truly green. Actions will be taken to rectify this injustice.”

The fallout

HOSE has since imposed the organization’s highest penalty by “cutting off the water” - an act equivalent to the ban levied on Major League Baseball's Pete Rose. As for the woman, her life has essentially been uprooted - Her husband was fired from his job - The kids have been pulled out of school after 7 consecutive days of having their lockers “mulched” - and her front door was spray-painted with the word “pollinizer” in green.


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