Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp are asshats

Apparently there is nothing much going on in the lives of Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp, since they have taken the time to harass a high school English teacher, Judy Buranich, because she writes erotic romances under the pen name of Judy Mays.

(The wise women over on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have many good things to say about this kind of repulsive asshattery behind the facade of moral turpitude. )

Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp are just shocked that a high school teacher would write about s.e.x. My God, think of the children! As Wendy Apple pointed out, how is her son supposed to think “when he’s sitting in her class knowing what she does on the side.” Yes, this teenager can not be expected to think when he knows his middle age English teacher has done the nekkid pretzel, and even writes about it! I am, personally, under the impression that the fact that Buranich/Mays has kids gave the whole non-virgin thing away, but I am clearly not as good a parent as Wendy Apple. I just don’t understand, probably because I am a dirty whore, how soiled my children’s minds would be if they knew a teach wrote fiction with what-what in it!

A likeminded, and perhaps simpleminded, parent named Deanna Stepp also got her bloomers in a bunch. Deanna Stepp railed against the nefarious Buranich/Mays, wailing that “She is teaching children that are under the age of 18 and definitely the books that she is writing are adult books. I think she needs to make a decision as to what she wants to do. Either be a school teacher or author.” Deanna Mays is blatantly aware of the dangers of having creative and successful authors teaching English and writing! You cannot do both! It makes God cry!

Obviously the students are deeply perturbed by the whole thing, since former student Shanette Apple (I wonder if she is related to Wendy Apple!) declared (I can only assume she declared this while clutching her pearls and waving a delicate lace hankie before her face) that, “I was shocked. If you are a teacher you shouldn’t be doing that.”

Wendy Apple goes on to say that,

“I thought she was a top-of-the-line teacher,” {but] the erotica “is unethical, totally unacceptable. Period. It just sort of sickens and saddens me to know everybody’s sort of looking at this like, hey, this is OK.” Apple has received comments and messages on her Facebook page, she said, from people who are attacking her for speaking out. As a result of her speaking out, which she had contemplated for about a month, Apple said her son, who has Buranich as a teacher, has received backlash at school as well.”

Don’t worry! Since Wendy apple is an asshat, she doesn’t understand that people are berating her because she is in the wrong! Therefore she can continue her crusade against a teacher that writes smut! In fact, she knows other people MUST agree with her, because she is morality police, sent back in time from the Victorian era to stop such horrendous filth from being created without shame and public censure! Wendy Apple insists that, “I wholeheartedly believe that more parents are looking at things the same way we are.”

Actually, from the support Buranich/Mays is getting, I’d say that Wendy Apple’s statement is a tad bit incorrect. More than 5,000 people believe Buranich/Mays has the right to write whatever the hell she wants. Although, in fairness, I am sure the Westboro Baptist Church would totally support Wendy Apple’s crusade against written sex. Of course, they also picketed an appliance store for selling Swedish vacuums, since the Swedes are all pro-homosexual sinners and they didn’t what those gay-loving vacuums around innocent people. 

Even though Wendy Apple is of incorruptible morals and personally appointed by the Virgin Mary to help kids not think about sex when looking at middle aged English teachers, it is possible that she is being influenced by the fact everyone thinks she is a prudish, muckraking, wankstain. Now she is bleating that Buranich/Mays,

“She is one heck of a good school teacher. Period. She is,” Apple told the AP on Wednesday. “What I would like to have done is her to be more discreet with things on her web pages. I don’t care what she’s writing in her books, but on her web pages, where our kids have access to, that needs to be more discreet.”

Well, call me crazy, but I thought Buranich WAS being discreet until you, Wendy Apple, dug up the ‘news’ and paraded it in the local paper under the guise of “concerned parent”!

I intend to fight asshats like Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp by showing my whole hearted support for Buranich/Mays. I’ve written emails and whatnot voicing my opinion. I’ve also bought some of Mays’ books, which I really enjoyed. Won’t you join me?

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89 Responses to Wendy Apple and Deanna Stepp are asshats

  1. Gail Hart says:

    I hate you for writing this post… because it’s so completly freaking awesome that I’m insanely bitter and jealous that you wrote it instead of me. ;-)

    I bought my first ever Judy Mays book yesterday, and know of many, many others who did the same. I’m guessing Judy will wind up laughing her way to the bank.

    • Betty Fokker says:

      Thank you! I hope she rakes in royalties hand over fist. I’ve been reading erotica for a LONG time, and one of her books made me flushed. Sweat Babou has already bought me the whole Heat series :)

  2. Best line ever!
    “Therefore she can continue her crusade against a teacher that writes smut! In fact, she knows other people MUST agree with her, because she is morality police, sent back in time from the Victorian era to stop such horrendous filth from being created without shame and public censure!”
    She sounds like some evil twin of Doctor Who with a stick up her butt.
    I heart you so much right now!

  3. Yes, I think I love you.

  4. Bigmamapump says:

    I am loving this article and I wholeheartedly agree with you! This snarky article is great! I am going to go look at some of her books right now!

  5. Diva says:

    I sent my bff the link to the SBTB article last night and she responded with the fokker-worthy response of….Well I expect that YOU’LL be fired b/c you’re pregnant and your students can now see that you do dirty dirty things in your spare time to get yourself in trouble.

    my question is, um, so the ONLY thing on the internet potentially harmful to that woman’s son is the web page about his english teacher’s books?

    • Betty Fokker says:

      LOL! Yes, now that you are preggo you should be hidden from students so they won’t know your husband put his Mighty Wang in the Glittery Hooha.

      Wendy Apple’s son is clearly a delicate flower.

      • TAmie Heintzelman says:

        I love that Wendy Apple thinks her son only has access to the internet…Doesn’t she let him out of the house to the mall where he has access to BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe she should be glad people ARE picking up a book and reading instead of it being fed to them electronically… GO JUDY!!!!!!!!! btw… LOVE this blog

      • Jules says:

        Mighty Wang in the Glittery Hooha

        (crying with laughter… too fabulous)

        – the Newb

  6. Suz says:

    I’ve done a little digging, just a little, and come up with a pretty good bit of dirt on Wendy Apple and her, apparent, sister Deanna Stepp.

    Going to the media to complain is not a new thing for them. Blaming someone else for their own parenting inadequacies, and being outraged as a means to push their blame, is not new for them.

    And Wendy has an allegedly long history of doing very bad things in that little town. At some point she found Jesus and that seems to be what she’s telling herself is a reason to do these heinous things. Personally, I think it’s Munchausen by Proxy. Poor kids.

  7. Clever Betty says:

    I will be buying the book you recommend posthaste, dear Pope Fokker. And maybe I’ll blog about it. Favorably I’m sure if she writes good erotica.
    This post is one of the many reasons I love you!

  8. It begs the question as to why Ms Apple was trawling through erotica sites anyway to spy on the author in the first place. Seems to me that she needs to live in the 21st century and untie her corsets a little . For gods sake, what happened to human rights here? Let’s hope she doesn’t choke on her own black cat hairs. It seems the only witch in this witch hunt is her and her side kick.

  9. SuzRocks says:

    What’s the big deal? Sure- I might think it a bit uh…misguided, if she were handing out erotica as a 9th grade English assignment- but even then, it’s not like the girls haven’t read it before. Good grief- I started reading those trashy romance novels when I was 10 or 11, I highly doubt her erotica is much worse.

    She’s using a pseudonym- how much more careful do they want her to be?

    • Betty Fokker says:

      They would like her to write books wherein the characters hold hands at the utmost.

      • TAmie Heintzelman says:

        NO because then they would say it was homosexual in nature and that couldn’t be allowed.

    • WEll…I started reading romance novels when I was 12. My first jump into romance was Johanna Lindsey’s Prisoner of My Desire.
      I do have to tell you Suz…erotica is for the most part much kinkier than romance novels. At least in most cases. I have noticed that paranormal novels are more edgier and sexy than other romance genres.
      Comparing romance novel sex to erotica sex is like comparing a bambino watermelon to a normal sized watermelon. They both might be the same color and approximately the same shape but when you slice open the normal sized watermelon..it is a hell of a lot juicier.

  10. Rocky Road says:

    Time to dig up some dirt on Mrs.Apple & Mrs.Stepp. I will forward the info to the same newspaper under the name “concerned 21st century time traveler”.

    • Theresa says:

      There are several people from the area that have posted some dirt on Wendy Apple over at the Facebook page for Judy Mays supporters. People who know her have pointed out past indiscretions including embezzling from the fire department and shoplifting (with a link to the court docket).

      Perhaps these three troglodites should have taken a moment to consider the saying: “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” Or since they’re apparently fond of quoting scripture: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  11. Thank you so much for brightening my day, Betty Fokker. Are you related, by any chance to those other Fokkers?
    Loved the line about the vacuums…
    “I am sure the Westboro Baptist Church would totally support Wendy Apple’s crusade against written sex. Of course, they also picketed an appliance store for selling Swedish vacuums, since the Swedes are all pro-homosexual sinners and they didn’t want those gay-loving vacuums around innocent people. ”
    LOL Now I have to go check my vacuum too. What does the darn thang get up to when I’m not looking?
    Brilliant post :)

  12. lunarmom says:

    Join you? I’ll carry you on my wee back all the way through the parade!
    (who is now going in search of these obviously awesome books)

  13. Robin says:

    small correction: She’s hiding behind Moral Rectitude and accusing the teacher of Moral Turpitude. (I actually work with the second term on a daily basis, so I just had to let you know.)

    Great blog…I’m sharing. And, maybe buying a few books. Thanks.

    • Betty Fokker says:

      You are totally right. I have to write my blog posts FAST while the toddler will let me, so I often have lots of mistakes in missing words and typos, but I usually don’t screw up a whole word vis-a-vis meaning. I’m going to blame spellcheck on this one :)

  14. Susan W says:

    I’ve read a couple of Ms Mays books and reviewed at least one of them and they were very well written. They’re not as kinky as many I’ve read though, which made me wonder if a glance at say a Morgan Hawke novel might have given the complainers a heart attack (aliens with two male appendage, menage a trois with the men involved with each other as well, BDSM etc. Morgan is my most favorite erotic romance writer) I’ve seen a few people side with those ladies but very few. Some just can’t see what a double standard it is to complain about a teacher who writes erotic romance when they probably have no problem with their kids watching horror movies or playing violent video games. They need to leave the author alone and mind their own business.

    • Betty Fokker says:

      They really were not ‘kinky’, just lots of steamy sex scenes and she used the very blunt Anglo-saxon terms for the body parts. I was surprised; I was expecting a lot more considering the fuss. I did enjoy them, tho!

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  16. londonmabel says:

    Oh brother, I can’t even take it today. We had a school receptionist in Quebec who was fired because she also does porn movies — a student found out. I think her union is challenging it. Whole thing fatigues me no end.

  17. Hmmm… It seems Ms. Buranich was doing a fine job keeping discreet until these “well-meaning” women outed her. Jerks.

    Also, erotic fiction for the win!

  18. LeeBlue says:

    I must be living under a rock. This blog is the first I’ve been exposed to you. I plan to be further exposed. “Asshat” is my new favorite word, second to “wankstain.”

    Wormy Apple and Deanna Stepped-in-it are my new hobbies, as well. I live for the day that Judy rides by, crown atop her head, waving to the adoring masses from the sunroof in her limo.

    Rock on, Betty!

  19. Jen says:

    I was asked to resign my job in a HS because a parent who I had some issues with hacked into my photobucket and found pictures of me with *gasp* a BEER in my hand (I’m 33…was 30 at that point), and another picture showing the tattoo on my lower back. OMG, they could see my SKIN! My administration didn’t have the cajones to stand up for me against this asshat, hopefully, Judy Mays’ will. ;)

    Great blog! I just bookmarked you. :D

    • Jen says:

      (he threatened to go to the media with some trumped up story about them if they didn’t “get rid of me”. It wasn’t the pictures that caused the situation, they were just part of it. Just wanted to clarify. LOL)

      • londonmabel says:

        Holy mother of… that’s insanity.

      • Jen says:

        Yeah, it was pure ridiculousness. ;) When my boss pointed out the media thing during our “meeting”, I said “So? Let him! I’m 30, more than old enough to have a beer and a tattoo. The media will laugh at him.” He didn’t have an answer for that, so told me that he’d met with the lawyers in the district, and they told him to “fire me”. I should have let them. I would have gotten unemployment that way. :P

        The best part is though, like several other people in the district who went through the same thing (I was medical/athletic staff, so didn’t have tenure to back me up…funniest part about it was that one of the teachers had been busted for DUI and kept HIS job because they couldn’t fire me), I landed another job in a better district, due in large part to having a huge amount of community/parent/student support. :D So it’s all good. I just feel so hard for Judy, ya know?

      • Jen says:

        *sigh* they couldn’t fire HIM, not me. :P I guess those adult beverages DO have an effect!

  20. playmetheblues says:

    I haven’t finished reading the blog yet, but I noticed the point you made about wondering if Shanette is related to Wendy. I did not read all the comments and am not sure if anyone replied to this or not. So I thought I’d share that she is married to her older son.

  21. hotforthebook says:

    A friend of mine linked this to her facebook page and I must say a few things…..

    1. I’m bookmarking you for further reading.
    2. Your article combined the just right amount of abject sarcasm and humor.
    3. I’m off to buy Ms. Mays books… I too hope she laughs all the way to the bank.

    Kudos Ms.Fokker you’ve gained a new reader

  22. MegBubb says:

    Shanette Apple is married to Wendy Apple’s son.

  23. formerjudburanichstudent says:

    love it can some one send me a link to wendy apples profile

  24. Kaylea Cross says:

    This whole thing makes me crazy mad. To accuse an English teacher of fantasizing about her students while she’s teaching just because she writes erotic romance (and under a freaking PEN NAME)? Come on. Last time I checked, Stephen King wasn’t serving a life sentence for being a convicted serial killer. Why do these women assume that Ms. Mays’ writing would automatically make her a pedophile?

  25. Matt says:

    kickass, rock on

  26. thexjib says:

    I thought you might like this pic from Wendy Apple’s MySpace page.

    • Susan W says:

      Does anybody know the context this image was used in? I ask because I belong to a lot of book groups and follow a lot of erotic authors on my facebook and such. This looks exactly like an image many of the erotic romance authors would use on their promo items (bookmarks, postcards, key chains). I was wondering if Ms. Apple might want to write them and hasn’t been able to get published for some reason or another. I have no idea but that image definitely reminds me of promos I’ve seen erotic romance authors (especially the BDSM genre) use.

      • thexjib says:

        I found it on her myspace page the morning that the story was linked on the drudge report. The myspace page has now been deleted.

  27. David says:

    Can someone please direct me to the correct place to focus my hate?

    • Betty Fokker says:

      I think I can help! You may, with a clean heart, direct you ire toward the actions and even the personality of the shitastic asshats (Wendy Apple, Deanna Buranich, et al) who tried to scuttle Buranich/Mays’ career because of their own prurient self-righteousness. I will give you complete credit, up front, that their weight and gender will not be a subject of your wrath (that complaint is in the next post, BTW … it’s not a non sequitur!).

  28. Why have I not stumbled acroos you until now?! Awesome post! I have been following this story and spreading it around to all the moms at my kiddos’ elementary school (well everyone except the asshats!)

    I’m going to pick up a couple of Ms. Mays books this weekend.

  29. MommaOf2 says:

    I live near the area where this entire mess is taking place….and Wendy Apple & Deanna Stepp should take to heart the lesson of people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Both of these women have criminal records…..Wendy for shoplifting, Deanna for harrassment. Shame on WNEP for even broadcasting it. Was Judy Buranich making her students read her books? NO. She was writing under a pen name….and if it hadn’t been for these 2 women, none of this would’ve come out. It’s even made the Washington Post and over in Europe.
    May Judy Buranich laugh all the way to the bank over this (and I plan on buying her books in support of her too)…..there’s even talk of a boycott of the Apple Poultry business in response to this. And thanks to the Support Judy Mays Facebook page, I have found your blog and have bookmarked it…..and you’ve given me a new vocabulary word with asshat! Your blog has been linked at least twice on the page. Thanks for giving me a laugh.

    • My husband went to school with Wendy Apple. When I told him about this story he said he remembered the little bitch and was sorry he didn’t throw her under the bus when he rode the bus with her. He also said we all thought the wicked witch of the west died in the Wizard of Oz, she only relocated and became the wicked witch of Midd-West. (He really didn’t like her) This woman is known in this community to stir shit up. She’s a notoriety seeker, almost obsessed with it. The fact is the news station didn’t check their source before they put a microphone in her face and let her open her pie hole. They have since sought out supporters who turned out to be students and former students who had nothing but stellar things to say about her. Let’s remember she’s been teaching for 25 years and writing about 20 and now it’s a problem. Wendy Apple was looking for her next 15 min. of fame and chose Judy to go after. Low and behold she stepped into a snake pit and those snakes have crawled up her ass and are biting furiously. Here’s hoping Wendy Apple learned a lesson. Don’t mess with the writing community!
      AND, I’m loving this blog and will be checking in regularly.

    • Jen says:

      I learned the term “asshat” from Mary Janice Davidson, who uses it in her books repeatedly. LOL. It’s been one of my favorite insults ever since I discovered it. Ms. Fokker, you rule!

    • DancingQueen27 says:

      I also live in Snyder County and I could not agree with you more. If only these people knew what filth this “concern” is coming from..

  30. Jennifer says:

    This blog was posted in our support group, and most of her former students LOVE you for writing this. This made my night, and it is nice to see that people agree with us “immature children” as Wendy calls us. But this blog was pure GENIUS!

  31. You rock Betty! I want to add that for those who have not read erotica before, in many cases it is better than your average romance novel. The reason being that a book that is about sex without a good plot line is more or less bad porn. However, most erotica novelists know they have to have supreme characters, intense plot lines, unbelievable obstacles, and strong characters that keeps the reader interested in how the story will evolve. I do a ton of reviewing and I love erotica. I have read just about every possible way to have sex with another woman to two men to multiple partners and in some cases even shifters.
    I am a huge supporter of Judy Mays because I feel that anyone who DARES to tell her she CANNOT write erotica while teaching tenth graders should be kicked out of our country and they should move to a country where the writing is oppressed.
    P.S. It sounds like the troublemakers need a few good orgasms to keep them happy. Someone should buy them a couple of Judy Mays’ novels and mail the books to them!
    –Hey…I’m just saying!?

    • Betty Fokker says:

      Romance novels are why I am so indignant about this topic. In fact, I suffered multiple indignities the last time I has sex with my Sweet Babou … at least three indignities if I remember correctly.

      • Jen says:

        NICE! LOL. Hubby is good, but it’s been awhile since he was THAT good. :P

      • LOL…Nice Betty. Will I get stoned if I say having 3 indignities while having sex with my lovely husband is actually on the low side for me? I usually have at least 5 or 6…if not more. :-)

        Damn straight I am bragging! Who wouldn’t. LMAO

  32. lee says:

    Rock on Fokker!

  33. Phil Erdley says:

    First time reader, I just had to tell you that I love your writing style. Smart and sarcastic, a true joy to read. Expect me to visit this page a lot more! :)

  34. Dana says:

    I’m going to buy every book Judy Mays writes and OH yes, Wendy Apple is an asshat of the highest order… which is not a compliment.

  35. Julie says:

    Thank you for giving me the chance to clean my monitor this morning. {coffee+complete fuckery=mess} I think I’m in love, care to make me a bigamist?

    Every romance publisher should step forward to support Mays. I could care less what uptight and sexually repressed cooze becaomes ‘offended’.

  36. Julie says:

    I just had to add: I worked in nursing homes. The little plastic white urine or poop collection until that sits in the toilet was called an asshat. It makes me smile to call people that.

  37. Aren’t we all being a little harsh with Wendy Apple? After all, if not for two or three layers of clothes, Ms Buranich would be COMPLETELY NAKED! How could young Mr. Apple deal with that? And, have you checked out the reading list in Ms Buranich’s class? What if it contained works by those slutty Bronte sisters or Jane Austen?

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  39. Susan W says:

    Betty, I just checked the support Judy Mays facebook page and there is a report there that Judy’s own facebook page has been removed! I don’t know what happened but I thought you would want to know, just in case you hadn’t heard yet.

  40. Bre B says:

    When I first read about this, I immediately went to Facebook to see if Wendy Apple had a page. Sure does! So then I had no choice but to engage in a conversation with her:

    Me: Are you the Wendy Apple in the article linked from the Drudge Report about the teacher than is also a novelist? If so, you sure seem offended by the content of the books. So how is it that you know about the content of the books?
    Leave that teacher alone. What she does in her off time is none of your damn business.

    Apple: I know about the context of her books because I was informed from some of the kids at school so had a conversation with the super intendent and he informed me of the proverse things she is writing and yes it is my damn business she teaches our children

    Me:Is she teaching that stuff to your children?
    She’s been teaching for 25 years and people just now found out she also writes novels in her OWN FREE TIME

    Apple: she is a good teacher no doubt but i myself have just found out this information

    Me: #
    If she’s been teaching that long and you just found out, then obviously it does not affect the students or her abilities to educate.
    There are enough crappy teachers in this country–why would you try to get rid of one just because you think her beliefs and morals don’t jive with your own?
    correction: why would you try to get rid of a GOOD one

    Apple: I just feel that as a parent of a teenager it is not appropriate to do these type of things

    Me: I suppose you also feel that she can’t have have beer on the weekends because her students are under 21. I supposed it’s not okay for her to have sex because all high schools should be abstinent.

    And by the way, whether a teacher is writing erotic novels or not, your kids and the other students are thinking about sex all day anyway.

    Apple: they prolly are and they do not need to be looking up to a teacher that is referring to sex as a dirty thing

    Me: She didn’t bring this into her workplace. You–and other parents such as yourself–did.
    Her private life–as long as it doesn’t endanger her students–is none of your business. Why don’t you agree with that?

    Apple: no she did all the students have known about this for a very long time

    Me: And how has it negatively impacted her students?

    Apple: I dont know what or how they have been impacted

    Me: Then what is the big deal?

    I haven’t heard back since. But today I was sure to send the link to this article to her :)

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