I Hate Jill Zarin An Editorial Blog by Quincy IL
The following blog is an editorial by Quincy, followed by my thoughts on the subject.
Jill Zarin should not read blogs. Bravo told Kandi Buress that she should not read the blogs and she mentioned it on screen. Yet, we have evidence that the ladies of Bravo do in fact follow “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. We found a the secret twitter account that allow the stars to watch tweets from Lynn and themselves. There is an automatic banning system in place for any twitter that joins Lynn and Jill Zarin, Lynn and Kelly Bensimon or Lynn and Dinah. Yet, we have found a twitter account with the name of a Bravo star which allows access without a ban. We have copied everything in the site and saved it as evidence. Jill, Kelly and Dina gave their permission for the account to belong to their twitters and Lynn’s twitter. Members of our board will attest that they have been banned for joining Lynn’s twitter even if they did not know that the threat of a ban existed. They were punished by Jill and Dina when they had done nothing wrong.
There are articles on the net that tell us that Bravo itself follows the blogs and their decision to give Bethenny Frankel her own show came from this information. Bethenny became the first successful breakout star with her own series last summer and her second season in less than a year begins Feb. 28, 2011. This is “The Brave New World.” We watch a group of women in their daily lives through the magic of television. They give permission to be filmed. They give permission for their children to be filmed. Then they are upset when the shows are placed on national TV and are angry with us when we discuss their shows.
Bravo wanted the people who watch the “Real Housewives” to discuss their shows. They gave us blogs on Bravotv.com. and asked us to reply. They gave forums and asked us to reply and discuss the “Real Housewives.” They wanted to control our thoughts and for us to only say nice things. Many of us did.
Sunday’s “I love Jill Zarin” subset blog was a summary of the first season of “Real Housewives of New York City.” Jill loved her first season. That’s because Alex was the intended target and Alex took the hits. Jill hated season three because her intended target, Bethenny, managed to survive a difficult pregnancy and the death of her father with grace. Jill Zarin was the mean girl and she took the hits.
There is a problem with time. Jill Zarin has filmed what she hoped would become season four. Jill is at a different place from the people who watch the show. We watch season three reruns and we are seeing the mean girl, Jill. Jill thinks we should be at the same place that she is, but she is not being logical.
Jill tries to use public relations to her advantage, but Bravo shows reruns and takes all of the viewers back to the places where Jill is seeking revenge on Ramona for a slight or supporting Kelly’s Playboy spread while saying that Alex’s photos which were published with out her permission or financial gain were “spread eagle.”
If this was the SyFy Channel, I would describe what is happening as a time loop. A time loop is a common plot in SyFy productions where time runs normally for a while and then the subject is sent back in time to relive the experiences that they have already experienced.
We see Jill Zarin interacting with fans as the travels the globe. She thanks her many fans in Australia, Aruba and Chicago on twitter. Yet, Jill Zarin comes home from Costa Rica to read this blog and freaks out to the point that she disturbs her daughter in college. Why did Jill look at this blog?
She can not help herself. Jill Zarin is unable to take rejection. She was rejected by her friends on Scary Island, cried for three days and ruined another expensive vacation for Bobby Zarin. It is no fun being with a crying Jill Zarin. Jill feels rejected by Lynn and the board of “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. For this rejection of Jill, Lynn is called a “Hater,” and we are called names by Allison Shapiro Zarin. No one has called Jill Zarin a bad name here to my knowledge. People here hate Jill Zarin’s behavior and the way she treats her friends on the television show. We expected Jill Zarin to come home from Costa Rica and freak out over the “Letter to Jill Zarin.” We expected her to tweet about good blogs. We were corrected in our prediction that she would do exactly that. Bothering Allison who should be studying is something that I as a parent would not have done, but we should have expected Jill Zarin to do that too as she only thinks about Jill Zarin.
Jill says that we don’t really know her. I dispute that statement. We know her very well because she chose to give her life to us for discussion. That is what reality television is all about. Bravo should take these words and make every person thinking about becoming a Bravo star memorize them. Sell your life to Bravo and people will discuss your behavior and your life.
Thank you Quincy, great insight into reality television and what reality stars should expect. Jill is so predictable and transparent that it still amazes me. After three years of being on television and having completed filming another season she still doesn’t get it. She still insists on responding and confirming that she’s read the blog although she’d love nothing more than for everyone to believe that she would never read this blog.
She arrived home from Costa Rica and tweeted something about the Super Bowl then later tweeted that she’s looking for some “good” blogs to read and even offered to re-tweet them if they’re “good”.
Remember, Jill told us that when she re-tweets a blog it gets 10,000 hits, she later upped that number to 15,000 hits.
Moments later her daughter posted on the blog that we’re all pathetic and we should “get a life”. It’s a shame that Jill had to drag her daughter into her drama, as Quincy said, she should be focusing on school and studying. I think Ally is a good kid and deserves to just enjoy these years of her life without the Bravo drama. Jill chose fame and fortune over allowing her family to live their lives without the cameras. Only time will tell if any damage has been done.
But Jill isn’t the only Real Housewife to behave this way. Taylor Armstrong is still new to this Bravolebrity role yet she’s quickly learned to block a whole lot of people on Twitter and she is already bashing bloggers, tweeters, Facebook fans and internet commenters. On the reunion she said that it is easy for us to say these things while “hiding behind a computer”, she was referring to Camille Grammer and some of the negative press that Camille had been receiving. Yet it is Taylor who has emerged as the mean girl, she got the Jill Zarin award for bad behavior and personally, I would have no problem telling Taylor to her face anything that I’ve said while “hiding behind my computer.”
In one fell swoop, Taylor alienated and angered millions of people who utilize the internet to comment about Housewives shows, probably not the smartest move she’s ever made.
Taylor was caught in a lie, not a huge lie and it didn’t hurt anyone, she told viewers that Adrienne Maloof was her daughter Kennedy’s Godmother, yet Adrienne said she wasn’t. It isn’t about the content of the lie here, the fact is that Taylor lied and so it is difficult to believe anything that she says.
In Taylor’s case we watched as Andy Cohen asked Adrienne about being Kennedy’s Godmother, we watched Taylor’s face, the fake smile, the fast and furious nodding in Adrienne’s direction, you could almost see Taylor begging Adrienne to go along with the lie and then you could see the anger on Adrienne’s face toward Taylor for putting her in that awkward position. It was truly embarrassing for Taylor. I only wish Andy would have returned to Taylor and asked her why she lied. Such a stupid lie, what was the point?
Taylor changed her name in her past, a little bit of research into her background finds some shady dealings and along with her husband Russell we’re hearing some interesting stories from people who’ve known this couple in the past. Obviously we can’t believe everything that’s written about everyone but there is definitely more to Taylor Armstrong than what we see on TV.
Taylor is another Housewife who doesn’t understand how this all works, but she’s new at this and so you almost don’t blame her for the way that she’s responding to all the negativity. Let’s see if she learns her lesson or if she’s one of those angry housewives who can dish it out but not take it (Dina Manzo).
Jill’s been at this for four years, she watched the way Bethenny handles the social networks, how Bethenny remains quiet, says nothing negative and comes out on top. The more Jill feeds into it, the more problems Jill will have. As Quincy noted, Jill is in a whole other place right now. She’s filmed an entire season of shows that we have yet to see. Maybe she saves a litter of puppies from drowning and singlehandedly puts out a fire in a school saving thousands of children. Maybe Jill spends all of her free time doing charity work, avoids red carpet appearances and spends quality time with her family. Ok it’s unlikely, but this is what it would take to turn herself around.
Jill responds negatively to any negative press that she gets, she responds to blogs written about her, to people who tweet about her behavior. Rather than focusing on the negative, and threatening to get people fired from their jobs, blocking everyone on Twitter for simply reading this blog, why doesn’t Jill go out there and prove us wrong?
After some tweets that had gone back and forth between Jill and Alex McCord, many suspected that these two ladies have buried the hatchet. Maybe in this upcoming season Jill and Alex are best buddies, maybe they lunch together and shop together, attend fashion shows and talk for hours on the phone together. Maybe Jill subscribed to the Ramona Singer method and has made peace with Alex McCord. Would this change your impression of Jill Zarin? I think that is the answer that Jill wants to know.
Many people warmed up to Ramona when she actually gave Alex a chance, got to know her and the two ladies became friends. Jill simply wants to know if the same would hold true for her. I have no doubt that Jill would make that effort to be friendly with Alex if it would change public perception of her. I don’t believe it would be “authentic” or ring true because it was clear when Jill just looked at Alex, the hatred was so evident.
One thing that I can’t figure out was where the hate came from, clearly during season three, Jill was upset that Alex didn’t take Jill’s “side” and refuse to film with Bethenny. Not only that but Alex became closer friends with Bethenny. But why did Jill have such a negative reaction to Alex almost from the very beginning? Did Jill just need one housewife to pick on? Did she have to choose someone to be the “outsider” and chose the youngest, prettiest and smartest one who lived in Brooklyn? That certainly seems to be the way that Jill operates.
Now thanks to Bravo, we will have to wait until April to find out whether Jill can begin to try to improve her image, if she can redeem herself, if she’ll allow fans to find any positive qualities that we can point to about Jill Zarin. Based on her behavior on Twitter and the other social networks, I’m not all that optimistic that Jill has changed at all.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion obviously was delayed by one week due to the Super Bowl. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers (wow, that hurt!)
Tonight on Bravo, a new Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. Tabatha takes on a children’s salon, it looks like it is going to be a good one. Seeming glimpses of Tabatha with children in previous episodes always brings a chuckle. Quincy will have her recap of the show tomorrow for us all.
Tomorrow Bravo will air The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills from the beginning starting at 7am and finally the new “Lost Footage” episode will air at 10pm and again at 11pm. Bravo has previews of the lost footage on Bravotv.com. This is where the world will see Taylor’s fib and I can foresee her blocking a whole lot more people over on Twitter.
Until Next Time….