It’s well past time for me to make a post to remind the old school commenters, and inform the new commenters of the commenting rules. Look, I never read the commenting rules on sites before posting either. But these rules are how you maintain the privilege of commenting here.
I am thrilled to have an influx of new readers and commenters. I am not thrilled with the direction that the comments have taken lately. The current political landscape of this country has everyone feeling angry and argumentative. Please take that mess to the political sites or to the occasional political thread here. We do have them on occasion. Feel free to ignore them. They can get heated. You are not required to read them or participate. Otherwise, we don’t need you announcing that someone on a competition show is related to a politician you don like.
In fact, you can blame the commenters in the non-housewives posts for this post. A lot of Bravo viewers are assholes. A lot of Bravo Housewives are cunts of the highest order. So are some of the commenters, including me at times. I don’t care about those comments. AS LONG AS THEY ARE WITHIN the commenting rules.
The Difference Between Competition Shows And Reality Shows
Then there are are competition shows, where up and coming chefs and designers AND MODELS,
are trying to get recognition for their skills. There are shows where people are going to jail, or marrying someone they met is prison, or marrying a stranger or marrying someone from another country or surviving 39 days on an island. Those people are generally on one season of a show and don’t always fully understand what they are signing up for. They all read this site. TRY NOT TO BE A TOTAL CUNT when talking about these people.
In the past, Top Chef and Project Runway have attracted a smaller subset of the general commenter population here. In general, their interests and intellect expand beyond the brawling, drunken housewives. They are watching Top Chef for the cooking, the recipes, the new foods and the personalities of all the chefs and how they work together.
We Have Come To The Point Where Even Models Are Fat Shamed
Project Runway currently has two seasons airing at once. It used to be lots of fun to talk about the clothes, the designers, the time constraints and the ridiculous unconventional materials challenge. We are very fortunate to have CJ Bomb writing the recaps. She is extremely knowledgeable in the area of fashion. She also has a job that is very demanding. And yet she gives of her time to write recaps that take several hours out of her work week, and away from her family. Because she enjoys it. Or she used to. Just like I used to enjoy participating in the comments.
Lately, rather than discussing fashion, we have been invaded by commenters who just want to write rude things about the designers, and rude things about the use of plus-sized models. Others spend their comments disparaging the names of one or two of the designers. One comment, since removed, went so far as to post a comment that rhymed a designers name with a violent sexual act on children. It’s become so vile, that I have stopped reading the comments and asked a couple of people to let me know if anything needs to be removed.
I’ve also spoken with CJ about this and she wasn’t sure how to address it. It’s an embarrassment and not something that has happened in previous seasons. I blame the show being back on Bravo. CJ isn’t really accustomed to these sorts of comments. It is to the point where we may decide not to cover Project Runway on this site anymore.
The Future of Project Runway Posts
But before that happens, I’m going to ask that comments on Project Runway focus on the designs. I am going to be reading the comments again. If your sole purpose for commenting is to mock designers in high pressure situations for crying, don’t comment. If you are posting to mock someone’s name. Don’t comment.
If you are posting to complain that there are plus-sized models, or have anything to say about them at all. Don’t post. I also don’t want to hear that you weren’t fat-shaming because it is unfair that the designers need more material. I don’t will not post comments that say things like, “if one designer has to have a plus-sized model then they all should.” I’m not interested in debating this issue with you.Talk about the models without shaming them or don’t comment at all. Or, you could TALK ABOUT THE DESIGNS as we are there to do.
If you cannot post in a way that is not insulting to the designers or the models then DON’T COMMENT. There will be no further warnings. If you have been here for eight years or eight minutes you will be permanently sent to the WLS.
We used to have Open Forums on the weekends on this site. They ended for very similar reasons. If we can have open forums that are not about death, dying, disease, famine, politics or any other depressing topic, then by all means knock yourself out.
I may have a funny story or two to share myself. We shall see how this goes. It your feelings are hurt, please find the nearest exit and leave quietly.