I traced back the line of awarding to try to find out why anyone would have started off the Marie Antoinette award because it seemed to me a little odd to choose Marie Antoinette, possibly best known for her selfishness, greed and excesses (whether true or not) and for being beheaded by guillotine.
It appears the award has gone through a number of mutations and incarnations and has been awarded for:
- a person who speaks the truth and "gets it"
- a person who tells it like it is and "gets it"
- a person who has something to say and tells the truth
- a real person, a real award
- a real person and talented artisan.
It doesn't really sound like the Marie Antoinette you usually hear about. So perhaps I relax. No guillotine today.