Sarah Tressler is a writer for the Houston Chronicle, but she is a stripper when she’s not writing.
The controversy was initiated by rival paper writer Richard Connelly over at Houston Press, and Connelly passive-aggressively shames Tressler throughout his expose. In the piece, Tressler’s steamy moonlighting work is contrasted with her day-job duties chronicling the movements of Houston’s well-heeled “ladies who lunch;” Connelly huffily describes her work as “writing in the style that really, really wants to be described as ‘fearless’ and ‘intelligent’ and ‘funny’ and ‘sexy.'”
He adds that whether Tressler achieves that end is a “matter of taste, we guess.” Meow.
In the article, Connelly uses others to basically sling mean-girl gossip at the rival reporter, though the source of his quote is not clear from reading the piece.
The quote references “stripper money” and high-end purchases, saying Tressler has invoked the ire of her day-job co-workers by basically being a big old stripping hussy:
“Her fellow Chronicle employees have found out and they’re furious. Furious because she barely bothers to conceal her identity and they’re worried about the reaction from the “ladies who lunch” when they inevitably find out that they’ve been hosting an active stripper at their benefits. And furious because she “flaunts” her “stripper money” around the office in the form of expensive designer clothes and handbags. And furious because the Chron staff feels like she’s just using them as fodder for a future roman a clef.”