Ilyinsky Flap Officially Upgraded to Kerfuffle

Ilyinsky Flap Officially Upgraded to KerfuffleRemember how we reserved the right to freak out if more dirt on Victoria Ilyinsky came to light? Well, looks like the Crimson has done it for us.

The Harvard daily fired Ilyinsky Thursday after learning that the senior had failed to cite sources in her column on misuse of the word “literally.” In addition to one passage drawn from a Slate story, “two other parts of the opinion piece also do not meet The Crimson’s standards for source citation, and it is on this basis that we have decided to retract the column,” the editors wrote in a statement posted late Thursday.

They kind of had to. After pummeling Kaavya Viswanathan last year for plagiarism, the Crimson doesn’t want to be seen protecting someone even remotely tainted by the p-word, even if it’s a small infraction. And you just know the Romenesko-horny reporters smell blood in the water. As we type this, every Crimson newshound is Googling Ilyinsky’s past columns sentence by sentence — desperate, desperate, desperate to become the next David Zhou.

Evvvverybody, take a breath. A note and a retraction might have sufficed. The additional infractions that supposedly convinced the CrimEds to yank the column are no more grave than the first. Her two sources, “Literally, A Web Log” and Slate, are the first and third results of a Google search for “literally.” As we said before, this isn’t a high crime. (Unless other bogus columns surface!) It’s laziness, and a failure to learn the first lesson of sloppy journalism: If you can Google a topic, so can your readers.

We’ll see what happens next. (The Globe reports, weirdly, that the Crimson plans to pull the article offline. If they remove it, we’ve cached the article here.)

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: The Crimson has officially yanked the piece from the website. You guys realize that’s exactly the wrong move, right? Leave it up with a note attached for readers to make their own judgments.

Also, not that this is relevant, but we hear Victoria Ilyinsky is a princess. Literally. Like, descendant of the Romanov dynasty. We’re kind of tempted to forgive everything.

  • PocketAces

    Anyone think that maybe the Crimson is using the plagarism case here as cover for firing her rather than saying her columns all literally sucked?

  • PocketAces

    Anyone think that maybe the Crimson is using the plagarism case here as cover for firing her rather than saying her columns all literally sucked?

  • Anonymous

    She’s hot.

  • Anonymous

    She’s hot.

  • Disgruntled Eli

    I agree. Who cares about her writing? She’s smoking.

  • Disgruntled Eli

    I agree. Who cares about her writing? She’s smoking.

  • anon

    Plagiarism is grounds for expulsion. This outrageous violation of ethics cannot be encouraged.

  • anon

    Plagiarism is grounds for expulsion. This outrageous violation of ethics cannot be encouraged.

  • woofer

    Woof. She’s literally gorgeous.

  • woofer

    Woof. She’s literally gorgeous.

  • Anon

    Way better-looking than Kaavya, for sure!

  • Anon

    Way better-looking than Kaavya, for sure!

  • hmmm

    i’d take kaavya or this one, preferably both though!

  • hmmm

    i’d take kaavya or this one, preferably both though!

  • anon

    Just because she’s a princess doesn’t make her “p-word” infractions forgivable. There was royalty 4 years of hell, and they never did anything so silly. The only crap reporter was – how odd! – a Russian chick who eavesdropped on conversations for quotes.

  • anon

    Just because she’s a princess doesn’t make her “p-word” infractions forgivable. There was royalty 4 years of hell, and they never did anything so silly. The only crap reporter was – how odd! – a Russian chick who eavesdropped on conversations for quotes.

  • Anonymous

    little sister, is that you? (funny the defense has been downgraded from brilliant, funny, creative to hot and “literally gorgeous.”

    save all the face you can, ilyinskys.

  • Anonymous

    little sister, is that you? (funny the defense has been downgraded from brilliant, funny, creative to hot and “literally gorgeous.”

    save all the face you can, ilyinskys.

  • Anonymous

    i am tory’s friend, and I think she is gorgeous AND brilliant AND funny AND creative. Don’t you trolls have anything better to do than sit around and slam/lust after someone you don’t even know on a blog site? you should be embarassed.

    good grief.

  • Anonymous

    i am tory’s friend, and I think she is gorgeous AND brilliant AND funny AND creative. Don’t you trolls have anything better to do than sit around and slam/lust after someone you don’t even know on a blog site? you should be embarassed.

    good grief.

  • Anonymous

    Give her a spanking.

  • Anonymous

    Give her a spanking.

  • mouse

    Arooo!!! I’d like to plagiarize her literary oeuvre … figuratively speaking, of course.

  • mouse

    Arooo!!! I’d like to plagiarize her literary oeuvre … figuratively speaking, of course.

  • Literally Amused

    i still can’t stop laughing about this one. How pathetic. How does a girl get into harvard without knowing how to cite sources? Saw her today— she looked awful. Those who don’t know Victoria– She’s not hot.

  • Literally Amused

    i still can’t stop laughing about this one. How pathetic. How does a girl get into harvard without knowing how to cite sources? Saw her today— she looked awful. Those who don’t know Victoria– She’s not hot.

  • TJF

    “Ms” Ilyinsky is indeeed Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Bayard Romanovsky-Ilyinsky, Heir of Norway, Duchess of Schleswig, Holstein, Stormarn and Dithmarschen, Duchess and Countess of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst.

    She is a great-great-grandaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, and her father, H.S.H. Prince Dimitri is head of the House of Holstein-Gottorp.

  • TJF

    “Ms” Ilyinsky is indeeed Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Bayard Romanovsky-Ilyinsky, Heir of Norway, Duchess of Schleswig, Holstein, Stormarn and Dithmarschen, Duchess and Countess of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst.

    She is a great-great-grandaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, and her father, H.S.H. Prince Dimitri is head of the House of Holstein-Gottorp.

  • anonymous

    Gt over it we all make mistakes! It’s fascinating to see how cruel and envious people can be. You all need to just Shut Up!

  • anonymous

    Gt over it we all make mistakes! It’s fascinating to see how cruel and envious people can be. You all need to just Shut Up!

  • anonymous

    envious? Of what? Her pubes for hair?

  • anonymous

    envious? Of what? Her pubes for hair?

  • Peter

    I know this girl’s older sister from Tufts (I agree that she wrote a few of these “anonymous blogs” of support – way to not take credit by the way – very courageous and honest), I know her routine, and I know the constant drama. Get off of your high horses and take some responsibility for being dishonest. See, this is where growing up spoiled and self-righteous literally (whoops) leads to an inability to handle rough times and real life ahead.

    By the way Tory, it would help a little if you realized once and for all that you and at least one of your sisters are both viewed by your peers as very arrogant and pretentious.

  • Peter

    I know this girl’s older sister from Tufts (I agree that she wrote a few of these “anonymous blogs” of support – way to not take credit by the way – very courageous and honest), I know her routine, and I know the constant drama. Get off of your high horses and take some responsibility for being dishonest. See, this is where growing up spoiled and self-righteous literally (whoops) leads to an inability to handle rough times and real life ahead.

    By the way Tory, it would help a little if you realized once and for all that you and at least one of your sisters are both viewed by your peers as very arrogant and pretentious.