*This post is a very happy collaboration with Ben and Jerry’s because what better combination than reality TV and ice-cream?*
Look. I did say I wouldn’t blog about the Real Housewives of Melbourne again because, you know, time and words are valuable. But like the predicament I find myself in when faced with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk in my freezer, I just can’t stop myself.
I mean. It is unfortunate and almost criminal that I’ve used these particular housewives and the deliciousness that is ice-cream in the same paragraph. For that, I am sorry. Because it’s something Ben and Jerry flavours like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cluster fluff (Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Buttery Swirls, Marshmallow Swirls and Caramel Cluster Pieces) truly do not deserve.
But I will say that ice-cream is a good remedy for watching these women just be. It’s the perfect remedy for reading their (Lydia and Andrea in particular) twitter timelines in discombobulation and outrage. It’s the perfect remedy for just sitting there and dismally realising that this is far more than poor behaviour. It’s more than just a show. These women are just plain nasty.
*Blogger helps herself to a big spoon of ice-cream while shaking her head*
So. To the impossible task of summing up.
I’ve said on Twitter before that as a self-proclaimed Housewives expert, this is by far the worst series. Here’s why.
Of course, every Housewives franchise has their resident meanie/s. But this show is beyond even that. Each meanie that I can think of in all the other Housewives series has a little bit of personality at least. They’re either funny or entertaining or at least have half-valid reasons for their vitriol other than late late late, drag queen quips, spray tan ridicule and flea-ridden dog and clown calling to use as story lines.
These girls are just mean. And only mean. And soo not funny. Who can forget Andrea calling Chyka ‘Switzerland’ as a nickname and laughing so hard at her joke she nearly peed her pants? Or when she called her dog a ‘Bitch’ and then said, ‘Well, she is a female dog.’
*Blogger cringes and shovels in another spoon of ice-cream*
And then there’s the email that we’ve heard so much about and have not yet seen. But even if the truth will be revealed like they continuously claim on twitter, how do they defend the constant snide remarks about Gina’s appearance? How do you excuse the bully and gang mentality that has been the main theme of this show?
All we have seen with our own eyes is the nastiness of Andrea, Lydia and Janet predominantly. No editing can create behaviour. No editing can create wretched words spoken. You are what is filmed, no more, no less.
The interesting thing about it all is that Gina, who the girls claim to be the main aggressor, for the most part, has kept fairly quiet.
The latest hideous revelation
*Blogger opens up a new tub of ice-cream*
So yesterday, a supposed anonymous employee at Foxtel wrote an ‘Open Letter to Gina’ in an attempt to discredit her.
Are we meant to believe that this person, someone with an actual job on the line, went out of their way to start a blog page because they wanted the world to know the truth?
Can someone transport me back to NSW because apparently I’m in Gullible City. Toto, I want to go home.
Here’s the link for your simultaneous amusement and disgust.
I took a few things from this letter. You, of course, can reach your own conclusions.
- It mentions Gina’s physical appearance (spray tans, make-up, hair) numerous times. Sound familiar?
- It mentions Gina being a smoker – something we haven’t heard prior to this. Lydia has mentioned this repeatedly on her Twitter timeline when commenting on Gina’s cancer recovery. How low can Lydia go, really, to even comment on such an issue, let alone try to project a public image of Gina’s health recklessness?
Cancer is a serious, often deadly illness, and not a brush, as she carelessly put it on Twitter. How shameful.
- It again accuses Gina’s ‘mogul’ partner – who still cannot defend himself – as cheating on her repetitively. Charming.
But it’s this paragraph in the letter that really got me.
“Your ex-friend the skincare queen, well she just loves her fucking self and is making a list right now. So you decided she was the best bet to shit on. I know having a husband and father of her three babies (wait where’s yours?) is upsetting for the mother of a few men’s offspring (children are off limits according to you, so I’ll move on.)”
*Blogger has 3 large spoons of ice-cream and gets brain freeze thinking of the aforementioned paragraph in the letter*
To accuse Gina of being upset that Andrea has a husband that is the same father to all her children is beyond cruel. And to refer to these kids, who are real people, as offspring as opposed to Andrea’s babies is just awful. And mean. And low, really low.
Charlotte’s law – campaigners for tougher cyber-bullying laws following the death of Charlotte Dawson – cited this letter as cyber-bullying at it’s most extreme. I tend to agree. It’s vile.
And it’s from another Mr or Mrs Anonymous. A Troll that claims to ‘work for Foxtel’.
This putrid letter reeks of damage control. For some of the wives, their reputations are now so horrid (from their own actions, let’s not get it twisted people) that it appears to be a clear attempt at saving them – and the use of an anonymous Foxtel employee is just to give the words a bit of street cred. #EpicFail
Unfortunately, anyone with half a brain can see straight through it.
Where does it all end?
What I usually LOVE about the housewives is that it’s, for the most part, a bit of fun. There’s not much collateral damage after all the craziness. It’s still bitchy, but not sinister like the Melbourne version.
Pre-Melbourne housewives, after a long day, I would love to just chill and watch the US gals act a bit cray-cray. I’ve never blogged about them because I don’t think too much about the show after I watch it. It’s my guilty pleasure, for an hour, at the most.
But as a strong woman, this series sparks different emotions for me. I find it horrifying because it’s clearly not just a show.
Will it all end at the reunion? Will the truth be revealed as they claim? And will we see anything that will justify their actions?
I doubt it, I really do.
Are you Team Andrea or Lydia? Do you think the truth will be revealed at the reunion?
And tell me – do you love Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream as much as I do?
I love to hear your comments and appreciate every one of them. Always love a discussion so please – join in!