California has more than its fair share of crazy, delusional attention whores. Twitter has more than its fair share of crazy, delusional shut-ins with no life who enjoy watching the crazy, delusional attention whores in California. Both of these things in isolation would not be a problem were in not for the attention whores in California deciding to mix with the twitterverse. What the crazy delusional attention whores don’t get is that there is a subset of the twitterverse that spends their days and nights trying to cause pain to the attention whores. Perhaps because they are getting so much attention.
Some of the twitter people start hate blogs specifically to defame and harm others. Until recently, when Jill Zarin was fired by Bravo, there was quite a large website whose mission it was to harass Jill and spread hate. While that site was the largest, it was not the only hate site for housewives, there were other smaller ones for Bethenny Frankel and other bloggers who focused the majority of their blogging time hating Taylor Armstrong. While it is true that the majority of sites that discuss reality TV poke fun at the cast of misfits who are cast, most do so by pointing out the scripted stupidity. We mock people who choose to put their atrocious behavior in the public eye. Part and parcel of being on a reality show is the judgement of the public. We disagree with each other. We argue over who is the victim and who is the shit stirrer. We talk amongst ourselves about who we like and who we don’t. Who we love and who we love to hate.
But just as some bloggers cross the line and become obsessed with timelines of lies and send letters to the reality cast members businesses and troll other sites who dare to like the cast members they hate with vitriol, there are twitter people, as Nene Leakes would call us, who go beyond tweeting their friends about how ridiculous so-and-so’s hair looked last night, or how deluded a housewife may be about her husbands infidelities and they start tweeting the cast member directly.
The difference in the behavior is the difference between gossip and harassment. When I talk here about Teresa Giudice being dumber than a box of rocks, or Nene needing a more supportive bra (she finally listened btw, and now she wears it everywhere! And it looks much better! You’re welcome, Nene!), or Kim Zolciak being evicted, or Cynthia needing to grow a back bone, or whatever we are talking about each day. We are gossiping. If you like gossip, there are lots of sites, like this one, where you can grab a cup of coffee and share your opinions. Sometimes we discuss serious issues like custody battles and divorce and evictions and deaths. And we do it here, in a public place amongst ourselves where the parties discussed are free to listen in or ignore us.
But some people tweet vitriol to the cast members. I first blogged about this back when I was starting to firmly believe that a group of bloggers and tweeps were going to literally harass Taylor Armstrong to death. People at that time had gone beyond harassment and moved right on to death threats. Over a person on a TV show. As I discussed on that blog, some of the cast members on these shows have emotional problems. Often, that is why they are cast. A lot of times those emotional problems are what drives the need to be on reality TV in the first place.
One might say they are crazy and delusional. Which of course leads us to Leann Rimes. After sort of falling out of the public eye, Leann burst back on the scene not for her talents or even for a reality show, but for having an affair while married with someone else’s husband. She then became obsessed with Brandi Glanville the wife of her now husband at the time of her affair. She tweeted pictures of her with Brandi’s children saying she was out with her boys. She tweeted pictures of herself in bathing suits exactly like Brandi’s in very similar poses. She lost a lot of weight to look more like Brandi. It was all very single white female. Once Brandi was on RHOBH, and constantly complimented by cast members for her bikini body, Leann tweeted perhaps hundreds of pictures of her now unattractively thin body in bikinis. Clearly, she was …um.. going through something.
Enter the subset of tweeps that are themselves…um…going through something. Now we have crazy people setting up hate blogs like lunaticleannrimes on blogger. We have crazy people tweeting obsessively, not to their friends (perhaps they don’t have any) but to Leann herself telling her what a colossal ass she is making of herself. When rumors surface that her husband, who she began a relationship with while both parties were married, may now be out cheating on her, the tweeps gleefully tweeted her this information as if she herself could not read the same sites. They name-called and harassed her, no doubt at all about it.
So Leann turned off twitter and focused on the hot guy she is married to and enjoyed a new beach vacation every week. She went shopping for cute clothes and ate at fancy restaurants and abided by the motto, “Living well is the best revenge.”
Oh wait. She didn’t do that at all. She encouraged a pack of her supporters to harass Brandi Glanville. She and her buddies tweeted rude things. She engaged the crazy tweeps in twitter wars and she escalated the bikini pictures. And then she began CALLING THE CRAZY TWEEPS! On her phone. In a public restaurant. On speakerphone. So the crazy chick recorded the call and it made its rounds on the Internet. It’s a tough call who sounded crazier on that call. Both of the crazies involved by the way are step-mothers, at least for now. So the crazy got flamed on all sides. And then someone finally suggested that Leann go to the looney bin, or rehab, or Club Med, or wherever she landed for a thirty-day treatment (with weekends off for attention whoring, natch). There she will still have her phone, and her twitter while she receives professional help.
Why does she need treatment? You may assume it is for a personality disorder, a substance abuse problem *cough* Adderall *cough*, or anorexia or some other issue of a mental health nature. You know, something to fix whatever causes her to behave the way she does. Perhaps a good therapist to help her get to the root of her issues. You would be wrong. Today TMZ reports that she is suing the crazy and delusional twitter girl for recording their crazy and delusional conversation. Her “treatment” is to help her develop some “coping mechanisms” other than tweeting her twat all day as that did not seem to be working for her. She needs help in dealing with a phone call she made to a crazy person.
Her attorney takes umbrage with the fact that the Internet now finds her crazy and delusional and blames the shambles that her former career is now in on the twitterverse and hate blogs. Clearly the therapist won’t suggest that twitter is not for everyone and that perhaps Leann should find another hobby. Nor will they dare point out that her behavior can cause people to dislike her. Or that gloating about being with someone else’s husband and kids can be off-putting to the public. No one will explain the concept of Karma. No, what they will do is coddle her and let her play the victim while her attorney begins the daunting task of keeping the billions of people on the Internet from saying anything bad about her, or pointing out how crazy and delusional she is.
Good Luck with that Stanton L. Stein.