Teresa also seemed genuinely interested in her charity, Nephcure. Perhaps she just has a good PR agent but Teresa talked about Nephcure on twitter and mentioned individual kids who needed help. That is more than most of her D-list celebrity counterparts did. Teresa doesn’t have a lot of intelligence but she used everything she had to her maximum potential. She’s branded herself as an author who can’t read or write, a cook who can’t pronounce the word ingredients or cumin, and a good parent of out of control (but adorable) children. That is quite a feat. She’s also amassed a following of rabid fans who believe the entire shebang. It’s genius marketing.
And then there was last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Some of what we saw was sort of inexplicable. There were three main issues last night and all of them have Teresa right at the center of them. That is the cue for Teresa fans to say that there would be no show without Teresa. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean that Teresa is in the right and the victim of bullying.
The biggest issue, which has been an issue since last season is that Teresa is PISSED that Melissa, and to a smaller degree Kathy, are on “her” show. Despite Teresa constantly spewing her “family is everything” platitudes, the bottom line is Teresa does not like Melissa or Kathy and has no desire to mend the family unit. Teresa’s fans scream that Melissa is jealous of Teresa. Melissa fans scream that Teresa is jealous of Melissa. The fact is that long before there was a RHONJ Teresa hated Melissa. Bravo knew that and that is why they brought on Melissa and Kathy. Drama sells. Two of the three relatives try to maintain an appearance of civility and one runs to the tabloids to put down her family for money. These seem like indisputable facts to me. Apparently not so for Teresa fans. So the other two issues of last night’s episode are mired in that swampland of family dysfunction.
As someone who has a brother who had a wife I was not particularly fond of, I cannot fathom calling him up and telling him that his wife of seven years was a gold digger who just wanted his money. I don’t see that in Melissa, but even if she was at every appearance alone and throwing her inappropriately-dressed self at every man in the bar with expensive shoes on, I’d keep my mouth shut. Especially if the relationship with my brother was already strained. If you need to gossip about your sister-in-law you do it with another sibling, or your best girlfriend. Teresa doesn’t seem to have either of those. Teresa’s comments to Joe Gorga were mean, hurtful and unfounded. I don’t believe for a minute anyone was telling Teresa bad things about Melissa. I believe those are Teresa’s thoughts conjured up in her own under-developed brain. There is nothing positive or helpful about telling a sibling that their spouse is a gold digging whore. It doesn’t come from a place of family harmony. Teresa needs to apologize sincerely, face-to-face to both Melissa and Joe and beg for forgiveness if she wants to mend the family. I don’t believe that she does. Last night Teresa had the nerve to blame her brother for repeating the horrid comments to his wife. Teresa never accepts responsibility for anything.I believe that she will continue this sort of shit-stirring solely for the purpose of having a storyline. She is willing to destroy her family on national television in order to make a buck.