I Hate Jill Zarin Happy Monday! Sept 20, 2010
Happy Monday and a huge BOOOO to Bravo, another Monday with no original programming, they will be re-running episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta from last season all evening. There isn’t any good reason why they couldn’t have begun the new season of the Atlanta crew this week other than that they’re waiting for rating sweeps in October to debut their top rated Housewives series. Shame on you Bravo!
Stacie Turner of The Real Housewives of DC posted her blog on Bravotv.com and takes a page and a half berating and abusing the Salahi’s. Stacie explains that she and her husband gave Michaele and Tariq the benefit of the doubt when they first met and actually enjoyed spending time with them in Paris and at their winery. I think Stacie and Jason got their first glimpse of the real Salahi’s when Tariq decided to attack Mary’s daughter through is wine-induced drunken ranting at the winery. We also watched last week as Stacie took the Salahi’s house hunting but it appears as though Bravo may have aired some scenes out of order as I believe the house hunting was prior to the winery debacle.
Stacie briefly mentions the Facebook plan to befriend her half-brother despite her biological mother’s wishes. Stacie leads us to believe there is more to come on this story, I was happy to hear that she did give her mother props for making the difficult decision to give birth to Stacie and giving her up for adoption. The woman has really taken a beating in the press, even though I don’t believe anyone has uncovered her identity at this point, I’m sure she’s paying attention regardless. The woman could be living in fear that the show will eventually “out” her as Stacie’s mother and potentially affect her real life.
If the DC franchise has done nothing else, it has certainly brought up a lot of discussions about many different issues that are important to many people. From race discussions, political debates, gay rights and adoption protection, DC has been a jumping off point for some heated debates. Nothing short of absurd, the discussion now about whether or not Michaele Salahi is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, if nothing else, is bringing this disease to the forefront and providing a lot of opportunities for people to talk about what living with this means to them and how it has affected their lives. If this woman is lying about having this disease, she should be publically flogged!
Here is an excellent post from a regular poster to this blog: Had Enough!:
Mike Carson, writing on Andrea Rogers’ blog about Salahi’s claim to have MS, is just brilliant (and you could substitute Giudice for Salahi and have basically the same story, minus the claim to a disease):
Earlier this week, perennial famewhores Tareq and Michaele Salahi took to the couches of Fox and Friends to make the “exclusive” announcement that Michaele is not suffering with anorexia but battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Leave it to Michaele to come up with yet another ridiculous explanation to mask the obvious, and bonus points to her for being clever in choosing a disease whose initials are the same as her own – it’s easier to remember that way.
The intriguing element to Michaele’s interview is not in what she says, but what she doesn’t say. Watch the interview again and pay very close attention:
For those of you with sharp ears you’ll notice that Michaele never once says that she actually has MS, neither does Tareq. Don’t believe me? Read the transcript:
Gretchen Carlson: I said at the beginning of the interview that Michaele had a major announcement to make exclusively here on “Fox and Friends”, and we’re gonna do that right now. It has to do with your health. One of the other controversies surrounding you is that some of the other Housewives on the show say you’re too thin. What would you like to make the announcement about today?
Michaele Salahi: You know I am uh… don’t deal with anorexic, I’m not an anorexic and um… I’ve never had an eating disorder. But one thing I have kept a secret is for seventeen… (chokes up and stops speaking)
Diane Dimond: This is very emotional for Michaele.
Michaele Salahi: …This is… (pained expression, on the verge of tears, stops speaking again)
Gretchen Carlson: I’m sorry…
Diane Dimond: Can I jump in?
Gretchen Carlson: Yes.
Diane Dimond: For seventeen years Michaele has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. And when I watch “The Real Housewives of DC” and I see this story line (note: at this point Michaele perks up, no tears or traces of tears in her eyes and smiles at Tareq) of them, picking on her frankly – there’s always got to be some one in those casts they pick on and it just happens to be Michaele – “Oh, she’s anorexic. Oh, we have to have an intervention” it keeps the storyline flowing but unfortunately it’s not true. Just like it wasn’t true that they were gatecrashers. She has Multiple Sclerosis.
Michaele Salahi: So I can talk now, sorry Gretchen, I had to get that… (gestures with hands)
Gretchen Carlson: I understand.
Michaele Salahi: This is the first time I’ve said it publicly. You know my own family, my cousins, a lot of the people dearest to me, my best friend just found out. So it’s something that I kept personal. Uh… and I think a lot of people do with chronic illnesses or, you know, any kind of disease. Whether it’s heart… whatever you deal with. You know, breast cancer. So for me I kept it personal because I never wanted to be judged, never wanted to have pity, and um… I certainly wanted to hold on to my job. And I think, you know, we’re making strides in America every year. But maybe at this time, with the White House and everything that took place, maybe all this happened for a reason and I can do something good to help someone else.
Tareq Salahi: And you know, one thing that Michaele, you know, I’m very proud of Michaele, you know, coming out talking about this, but instead of running and keeping your head in the sand, you know, stay out there, live a life, do whatever. You can have a job.
Michaele Salahi: Because you can have a great life.
Tareq Salahi: You can have a great life.
Michaele Salahi: Yeah, many people do.
Gretchen Carlson: Many people would be shocked to find that out today. Michaele we hope that your health continues heading in the right direction.
Michaele Salahi: Thank you.
Gretchen Carlson: And we appreciate you telling your story on “Fox and Friends” today Michaele and Tariq. (Gretchen shakes their hands) And Diane Dimond (shakes her hand), my congratulations on the book, “Cirque du Salahi”.
And there you have it, the art of the con in play-by-play format. The lies are obvious but the execution is subtle. Michaele and Tareq have successfully convinced people of the MS claim by never uttering the words themselves. Instead they manipulated (through Michaele’s faked breakdown) Diane Dimond to speak the words and provide the timeline (Michaele just said seventeen, she never said what the measurement was) in a public forum. Once Diane provided the details, Michele perked right up and was as chirpy as a canary on coke while describing her illness in extremely general and vague terminology. She could be speaking of ANY disease yet because we, the audience, heard Diane say that Michaele has MS we believe the lie or at least believe that Michaele made the claim when in reality she didn’t – not on camera anyway. Tareq was also careful to follow the same formula as Michaele when delivering his additional statements about her condition.
As far as we know there are no witnesses, no evidence and no documentation of the claim. Obviously SOMEBODY told Diane Dimond and Gretchen Carlson that Michaele Salahi has MS, but whom we’re not sure as that conversation happened off camera. Without any recorded evidence Tareq and Michaele haven’t technically made any false claims – it’s a minor technicality but important – which leaves them free to claim later that Michaele has a different disease or that they never said Michaele has MS and still technically be telling the truth. You Real Housewives fans out there might remember that Kim Zolciak from Atlanta pulled a similar stunt on the first season reunion show when talking about the mysterious illness that caused her hair to fall out.
It’s brilliant and sick – classic sociopathic behavior – but this is how the art of the con works. A masterful con artist convinces people of the ensnaring lie through detail association and implied meaning rather than direct statement. This enables them to play off a person’s natural tendency to assume and thus create a scenario that the con artist can take advantage of. If pressed about certain details, the con artist can always fall back on the true statement of “I never said that” because in reality they never did, they merely planted pieces of information next to each other that the target logically assembled into the story the con artist wanted them to believe.
Don’t assume however that con artists are above flat out lying, as Michaele and Tareq have so aptly demonstrated – con artists do lie. The ideal method for conning people is to make them fall for the aforementioned technique of deception by logic. When called out on details that were said the con artist will then claim that they never made those claims and that you assumed and jumped to conclusion. In most cases this will make you doubt yourself and be even more vulnerable to the con artist’s next lie because they are now playing on your embarrassment. You’ll pay extra close attention this time so as not to make the same mistake again, not seeing that they will replay the first deceptive routine only this time adding more details and drawing you in further. It’s in this second stage that they are often the most successful in gaining whatever it is that they want out of you. If you still persist in nailing a con artist on details, they will then result to direct lying and verbal evasion as a way of getting out of the situation.
It’s important to recognize these types of subtle cons as they happen all the time in our everyday lives. You don’t have to be a socialite or television personality to encounter people like Tareq and Michaele. Con artists are everywhere from work to personal relationships. Their individual motivations vary but their goal is the same: to take advantage of you as a means of personal gain – be it financially or otherwise.
With regard to Michaele and her “illness,” she doesn’t suffer from MS (Multiple Sclerosis), she suffers from NS (No Shame). In her case it’s the special form of NS known as “Salahi Syndrome” in which the sufferer is incapable of feeling any shame while living in a constant state of hyper delusion and malnourishment. There is unfortunately no cure for “Salahi Syndrome” and what’s even more unfortunate is that while a terminal disease, those suffering from it have a normal life expectancy. The outcome is that these unfortunate blights on society continue to roam free bringing irritation and illegitimacy to all those they make contact with. Way back in the 1800′s people suffering from diseases like “Salahi Syndrome” would have been confined permanently to institutions as a means of protecting them and society. In Tareq and Michaele’s case that is a system that needs to be brought back ASAP!
Had Enough, thank you for sharing that with us.
I just want to take a moment to congratulate former New Jersey housewife, Dina Manzo on her new hobby, creating YouTube videos ala Kelly Bensimon. Dina apparently has confirmed with her attorney’s that she doesn’t need her ex-husband’s written approval to allow her daughter to appear on internet videos. Dina has informed us that she has a lot to share with viewers and so far we’ve learned how to bedazzle pumpkins and Styrofoam flying bats and ghosts to make Halloween decorations. Notice she mentions a few times that she didn’t actually make any of those things lying around her house. I just can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us at Christmas. Dina’s videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxE5OS0M3WY 1st video explaining that she’ll be making videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlzL6pvXFIg&feature=related Fall Decorating
Dina’s daughter, Lexi was ill last week and I’m happy to report she is better now but please Dina, don’t tweet photos of your daughter lying in a hospital bed, ok? Thank you for not turning her illness into a YouTube video.
Another portion of Caroline’s deposition was released today by TMZ, in it, she states that she gave Bravo an ultimatum about refusing to return to the show if Danielle will be on next season. Which do you think brings more ratings? Danielle or Caroline? Obviously we know that Danielle won’t be on the show any longer, however, I highly doubt that it is due to Caroline’s threat.
Teresa’s youngest daughter turned one year old and Teresa threw a lavish birthday party for the child. While most of us have a backyard fun BBQ or enjoy guests in our own home, that isn’t good enough for the Giudice’s and their hidden money that is burning a hole in their pockets. An elaborate birthday cake, another ridiculous outfit on the poor child and the balloon artist are just a few of the photos that were tweeted by guests at the party, including Dina Manzo, Godmother extraordinaire.
Jacqueline Laurita added from the bash this tweet:
JacLaurita: We are having fun at Audriana’s 1st Birthday party. Elmo has arrived!!!!
JacLaurita: Kids in bed sleeping, Chris and I have down time…..YAY!!!!
I’m glad that Jacqueline enjoyed Elmo and spends her downtime with her husband tweeting.
A new rumor is going around that Melissa Gorga will NOT be part of the New Jersey Housewives Season three as had been previously rumored. She did tweet that she attended Teresa’s baby’s 1st Birthday Party and has been tweeting photos of her family as well. You can follow Melissa on Twitter @Melissa_Gorga
Kelly Bensimon had a busy weekend, she had a yard sale with her daughters and apparently fans of The Spin Crowd (yes both of them) caught a glimpse of Kelly on that show. I simply cannot watch that show after the first episode I watched that moron try to force one of his employees to get her lips pumped full of fat to make them fuller. These people reinforce every negative stereotype of Hollywood and then add some more.
Kelly’s yard sale was hosted by Georgica Creek Antiques in the Hamptons with the proceeds going to local charities, the East Hampton Library and Long Island Harvest. Kelly tweeted constantly all day long with photos of her children as well as the regular photos of herself.
I have a few teenagers in my life, they love to take photos of themselves and post them on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. They’re forever using mirrors or friends to snap each other in every pose, making sure only the ones that make them look great get posted. I laugh at them because they’re teens and that’s what teens do.
It’s also what Kelly Bensimon does. The difference is that she pays someone to snap the photos and forward them onto Twitter or Facebook. A 42 year old woman is, once again, behaving like a teenager. Her own daughter doesn’t even do this stuff! What is wrong with this woman? Granted many of the housewives do this to an extent, but Kelly posts dozens of photos of herself, every moment of her life is captured on film and posted for the world to see.
Kelly’s brilliant idea of hosting a YouTube site and posting videos of herself, she has an entire catalogue of useless and brainless videos for your viewing pleasure.
Never to be silenced, Jill Zarin continues to tweet just in case we forget she exists:
@jillzarin Congrats to @JonathanCheban and @SimonHuck On another great episode. Loved it!
@JillZarin I know them. Lucy and ethel! @JonathanCheban RT @MimisGirl1 @Jillzarin i don’t get that Jonathan? I See a lot of u housewives and the khardashians r loving the show? What am I missing?
Jill had to explain to a fan why Jill and others enjoy this ridiculous show, well that clears it up Jill, she knows them folks, that is why she likes the show! What other reason could there be? More of Jill’s tweets:
Don’t forget to watch @ramonasinger on hsn tomorrow. Good luck mama!
I just dropped @AllyZarin off at school. Won’t see her for a while. Ginger had a good run on lawn there! Run Ginger run!
Yes Ginger, run as fast as you can away from the crazy lady! Some tweets from the famous dog:
Ginger Zarin: Don’t forget your Susan Saunders nametag & crate for Amazon reviewer cat theft opportunities ~> RT “@mdob216: dressing up as @jillzarin and bringing a bottle of @bethenny ‘s skinny girl marg tonight for a real housewives themed party! =)”
Ginger Zarin: Ooooo snap! Mommy thinks she’s A list! ~> RT “@Jessica90110: Just saw @jillzarin and she wouldnt take a pic with me.”
Ginger Zarin: I typed the cops on myself saying I defecated in public– hoping they will imprison me. Oh the freedom! Been waiting by the door
I can never get enough of Ginger..the typing dog who really needs to be rescued from the big bad evil Jill Zarin.
Some of the latest tweets of our wealth of information on Twitter, @sassnsaucebbc
SassNSauceBBC Meet Your New Real Housewife of New York, Maybe — Vulture http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/meet_your_new_real_housewife_o.html
SassNSauceBBC ‘Real Housewives’ Star Kim G. Blasts Other Women For Not Paying Their Salon Bills! « Hollywood Life http://bit.ly/drZdYn
SassNSauceBBC Cindy Barshop photos, videos, bio of new Real Housewives of New York City cast member! : starcasm.net http://starcasm.net/archives/65606
SassNSauceBBC The Real Housewives are Nuts!: Real Housewives Blogs: Michaele Salahi – This Oasis is Not a Mirage http://bit.ly/b38KX1
SassNSauceBBC ‘Real Close’ with Lori Michaels and her ‘Real Housewife’ friend, Danielle Staub | NJ.com http://bit.ly/8YMp2T
SassNSauceBBC Skinny Girl Margarita: No Mix? No Problem! http://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/109728/skinny_girl_margarita_no_mix
SassNSauceBBC EXCLUSIVE: Salahis Said President Obama ‘Personally’ Invited Them To White House, Says Ex Publicist | Radar Online http://bit.ly/atYGnt
Thanks, as always to Sass for allowing me to include her posts here for easy access to all the latest articles and blogs. If you’re on Twitter, you need to follow her, she’s always got the newest information.
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Until Next Time….