Posted by Ilana Angel
When I started this series of interviews a lot of people wrote to tell me I should talk to @WillLoveInc because he was fabulous. I did not follow Will and he did not follow me, so I was curious about who this person was. Before I got a chance to check him out, he tweeted that I was too scared to interview him. Really? Scared? I set up the interview the next day.
Will is a very sweet young man. He was respectful and kind to me and for by the end of our chat I felt genuine affection for him. He is honest, open, funny, vulnerable, strong and brave. Will is from New Jersey and works as a writer, on-air radio personality, and a model. He has a vision for his future and he is on the path to achieving his goals.
Will was born and raised in New Jersey. He started college but when his career took off he suspended his studies to work, but knows he will eventually go back and finish his degree. He has been working since he was 14 years old and was putting himself through college, so he will get back to school and when he does he will pay for it on his own.
Will is close with his mother, but has a somewhat strained relationship with his dad. He loves them both, but their relationships were defined when he came out as a gay man, and their reactions years ago still play a role in his life now. Will had been bullied as a child and the support of his mother has meant the world to him. His father was a little slower to the gate.
Will was a sensitive kid who always stood up for the underdog, even though he was often one himself. When he was 17 he became depressed as he was not living his life out loud and he needed to be honest with himself in order to be able to dream big. He decided it was time for him to come out and opted to do so in a big way, regardless of how it was received.
There is a magazine in New Jersey called Out in Jersey. Every summer they have a contest to find a local cover model. Will decided he was not only going to enter the contest, but he was going to try to win it. He submitted himself as a cover model and emailed everyone he knew to vote for him. That is the brave and powerful way in which he came out.
Every member of his family, every friend, and every acquaintance got a link to the magazine to vote for Will. To go from no discussion of being gay, to I’m gay now vote for me, was a giant leap of faith for Will, as well as his family and friends. Some embraced him, some shunned him, and many voted for him. He was out, he was not afraid, and he was happy.
It was a bold choice to be sure, but it was never about getting attention as much as it was about seeking empowerment. He lost the contest by less than 100 votes, which is a drag, but in the end he was the winner because he was finally going to live his best life without fear. He has no regrets and he is comfortable with all of the reactions his coming out got.
Will was in a long-term relationship with a man that he loved very much, but it ended a year ago and he has been focused on work rather than love. It was a hard break up and it took a minute to recover. By recover of course I mean that no matter what your sexual orientation is, a broken heart is crushing and it takes a minute to trust yourself again.
Sidebar: I think it’s interesting that when it comes to the heart, we are all the same. Men, women, gay, straight, white, black, Jew or gentile, a broken heart feels the same way. It’s sad that we can’t be kind to one another based on our similarities rather than have so much hate based on our differences. Our hearts connect us all in a powerful way.
I asked Will to describe himself in three words and he chose driven, outspoken and authentic. I would add lovely, charming, and sweet to his list. Will wants to live his life without a script, being completely honest with himself, and pursuing his goals with direction, purpose, and joy. He is happy, he is healthy, and he is whole, so love will come.
Five years from now Will would like to be working for Clear Channel at one of their radio stations in Los Angeles or Boston as a DJ. I think he will achieve that goal. This kid knows what he wants, knows how to get it, and nothing will stand in his way. There is something very refreshing and exciting about listening to a young person share their dreams.
In terms of reality television, Will watches the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and New Jersey. He grew up in the MTV realty TV generation and watched Real World back in the day. He is not a fanatic about it, but he watches. He reads a few reality blogs, mine included, and he found my blog through people he follows on Twitter, which is cool.
Will told me he was nervous to talk to me and wanted for me to like him. It was a very sweet thing to say and so I will end my blog saying this: I like you Will. I think you are funny, smart, charming, and talented. You are going to do wonderful things with your life. I predict you get your dream job, and your dream man, because you are brilliant at keeping it real.
12.3.13 at 10:31 am | Liar, liar, pants on fire.
12.2.13 at 7:09 pm | Second week in a row of boring television.
12.2.13 at 7:12 am | I was bored with all the jumping around.
12.1.13 at 9:20 am | The constant end endless desire to hurt someone. . .
11.25.13 at 11:14 pm | They started off strong, but tonight tanked.
11.25.13 at 9:02 pm | Some of this episode was uncomfortable to watch.
12.1.13 at 9:20 am | The constant end endless desire to hurt someone. . . (3542)
12.2.13 at 7:09 pm | Second week in a row of boring television. (2877)
12.3.13 at 10:31 am | Liar, liar, pants on fire. (2087)
July 3, 2012 | 6:36 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
We are back in the States, which is both good and bad. Good because it means we are close to the end, and bad because it means we have to sit through a lot of recapping. Emily needs to reflect on all her travels and the four men she has left. I’m not big on reality television recapping, especially when it was painful to sit through the first time around.
I’m not going to bother recapping the recapping. Instead I will make myself a margarita and wait for the hometowns to begin. Two hours of this show is hard, but the final rose is within our grasp and there is no turning back now. We start with Chris in Chicago. I think he is young, creepy, somewhat unstable, and totally not ready for marriage and parenthood.
Chris is Polish, takes Emily to a local Polish bar, and it’s cute how proud he is of his family and their heritage. Sitting there and chatting he is clearly a smitten kitten when it comes to her but she looks like she would rather be anywhere else. Emily is loving Chicago, and probably wishing how much more fun it would be if Chris was not there. Too, too funny.
Sidebar: It cracks me up that when the families sit down to dinner they are all on one side like The Last Supper. Really? Can the show not afford two cameras so they can sit around the table like normal people? Also, what is it with Emily and her licking of the lips. It’s like her teeth are dry and it’s weird. She does a teeth lick thing that is bugging me.
Emily has a heart to heart with Polish Pops and it’s nice. They are a very sweet family, clearly love their son, the parents are lovely, but the older sister is a little bitchy. She tells Emily that if she is not sure, she needs to dump Chris sooner rather than alter. That seals the deal for Chris. He will be sent home and will probably kick a dog or something.
Pops tells Chris that Emily is falling in love with her, Chris takes that as a sign he should tell he loves her, then tells Emily he has ever told anyone he loves them, right before he tells her he loves her. She is still going to dump him, but now she has completely humiliated him. There is a big Polish family party and it’s fun, but Emily crossed a line on this one.
We are off to Utah where we see that Jef is Richy Rich. I can’t take him seriously because I think he is unsure of his sexuality. When he comments on how cute she looks, rather than pretty, I’m laughing. Emily is clearly impressed by his apparent wealth and Jef is clearly impressed that he has convinced her he is interested in her as more than a friend.
They go shooting and Emily pretends she can’t shoot, when really she is a perfect shot. Jef comments on his wanting her to always hold a gun, and it’s hilarious because he giggles as he says it. It’s like he was sending a little message to a friend. Perhaps a friend name John? I’m not buying this relationship and I refuse to believe Emily is this dumb.
We meet Jef’s family and they are sweet but seem to be sidestepping all talk of faith. They are Mormon, and while I’m not an expert on being a Mormon, I would think they want for Jef to marry a Mormon. There is talk of principles and values, but no talk of faith, which is a crock. She is not picking him so why not openly talk about religion as a factor?
If Jef says dude, like or awesome one more time I might lose my mind. I am on my second drink after this date. He takes her to a bluff and reads her a letter he wrote on the plane home from Prague. It is sweet, and the type of thing a woman, or John, wants to have a man tell her. Jef is charming, not at all for Emily, and he is not making it into the finale.
We are off to Arizona with Arie and he is taking Emily for a ride around the racetrack. Of all the men left, Emily and Arie look the best together. I don’t believe him in terms of his past relationships, but I think he will be one of the last two standing. Emily likes him a lot but forgave his not coming clean in the blink of an eye. I don’t think she’s picking Arie.
Arie’s family is sweet, his brothers are adorable, but they are rude. His mom starts talking in Dutch and Emily is sitting there not knowing what they are talking about and it is just rude. Then it got weird. Arie’s mom takes Emily off for a chat and they go into a bedroom and are sitting on a bed. Really? Arie’s mom is rude, not cool, and lacking manners.
Arie’s hometown is weird. No real connection to anyone and we are out of there quickly and onto Dallas with Sean. Sean is sweet, he is my choice for her, and while I think she is going to pick him, she is not going to stay with him. This process did not work for her last time, and I don’t think it is going to happen for her now. She is going to bang Harrison instead.
Rumors are flying that there is a relationship between Harrison and Emily and let me just say I called it week one. Harrison is useless on this show and if he is now going to date a contestant, he needs to get canned. I don’t care if he is with Emily or not, I do care that he is sucking the life out of this show by appearing out of nowhere for no good reason.
Sean has the best family dynamic and nicest parents. I got a good vibe from all of them, and then Sean drops the bomb that he still lives at home. Emily is a trooper and handles herself like a lady when inside she is pissed off to have wasted so much time on a loser. His room is disgusting and she is about to puke when he tells her he is just kidding.
God bless Emily for being so kind. She smiles through his supposed stuffed animal collection, his filth, and his wanting his mother to clean up after him. The whole family was in on the joke and it’s cute. Sean is my choice, even though they look similar. They can get married and have blonde babies after she stops banging Harrison and looks for fame.
Sean’s hometown is the best in terms of normalcy, but then he goes and runs through the town, again, calling out her name. He chases after her car to give her another kiss and I am laughing all the way to the kitchen to get another drink. Sean is sweet and in the end he will be crushed which is a drag. I love Emily but I’m not seeing her happily ever after.
Emily is back in LA with Harrison and his drooling over her is icky. He looks like a perverted old man and she would be an idiot to be with him. It’s all rumors of course and chances are on one of it’s true, but if it is, I want to go on record as saying I saw that one coming, I think it is disgusting, and I believe Harrison should be fired so crossing the line.
Emily is recapping her dates for Harrison and it’s lame. Half of this week was spent recapping which is annoying. Emily laughs and cries and is tormented at the thought of hurting anyone. She really is a good girl but there has got to be a level of fame whore to anyone who is willing to do this show twice. I like her but she is a starlet at this point.
Emily gives out 2 of her 3 roses and then, as if by magic, Harrison appears to tell her there is only one left. It’s freaking hilarious. Arie gets the first rose, then Jef, then Sean. Chris the baby is going home. I’m surprised he lasted this long. He is volatile, childish, week of chin, and not at all appealing. He the gets in the car and gives us some gold.
Chris is being a douchebag. He is pissed, annoyed that he told her he loved her, he wishes her the best, and left in a huff. He tells the camera he is the best man for her, then refers to the other men as “dudes”. Men don’t say dude Chris. Emily made him a believer in love and he does not get why he is out. I’ve decided Chris looks like an animated Simpson.
Now I must share something horrible with you. I am embarrassed, surprised and scared by it, but I will share. Chris in the car made me cry. Yup. Bawling like a baby. I LOVE THIS SHOW. I want it to work for everyone, even the ones I don’t particularly like. This show is gold and I am in it deep. Next week Emily will be down to 2, and struggling to keep it real.
July 1, 2012 | 11:20 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
The episode this week is proof that Bravo is now struggling to put a show together in New Jersey. It was boring, dragged out, full of inconsistencies, and dripping with fakeness. It’s hard to care enough to watch for an hour and near impossible to blog about. You have to wonder why we still bother watching, and exactly how stupid does Bravo think we all are?
None of the chicks like each other, the meetings are forced, there is no love, no respect, and no entertainment with these people. It’s interesting to watch only because it is a train wreck, but this week there was no wreckage. All we got was scripted garbage, a fake reality doctor, and clear proof that they need to recast this show or we are all going to be out.
We start this slow and painful hour of television at Teresa’s house watching Juicy stucco the house with the girls helping. This family is funny and I think they could carry their own sow. I love the kids, think Juicy is best when he stays home and does not interact with too many outsiders, and think Teresa puttering around the house is oddly entertaining.
Teresa is talking to Juicy about Jac again and it’s odd. She tells the camera Jac confided in her about a bankruptcy, yet she is telling the camera. It makes no difference that we know, she is breaking a confidence and Teresa needs to be careful because people are looking for reasons to hate her and she can’t be giving them any ammunition. Keep quiet Tre.
Rosie comes over to talk to Tre about her bashing Kathy. It’s sweet, but really? Does Rosie need to fight Kathy’s battles? Rosie seems like a wonderful person, and they are making her look silly with the interfering and the gay storyline. Rosie is fabulous because she is fabulous and being gay has nothing to do with it. It’s not cute what they are doing.
Teresa spends the majority of the show defending herself and it is boring. I am a fan of Teresa, think she is good television, and I have been on her side, but she needs to be careful what she says to the camera one-on-one. She is saying things tonight that don’t sit well with me and while I think she is on the defensive, she could cross over to bitch real fast.
The Gorga’s are with Kathy and Rich, gossiping about Teresa again, and it’s weird. It would appear Teresa is all they ever talk about. Important to note however that this scene is the only one in which Melissa appears this week and that is a good thing. Melissa is sucking the joy out of this show so limiting her participation is good. More Joe and less Mel is good.
Rich is telling the camera some crap about Teresa and seriously, I am over him. Why is he even talking to the camera? He is not a housewife. Gorga is talking about his being an angel from God and we are reminded that while Melissa is bad for this show, Joe is fabulous. Rosie joins in and the gossiping about Teresa starts up again. It’s very strange and repetitive.
Gorga is now talking to the camera about his sister and it sounds ridiculous. It’s as if he is reading cue cards Melissa wrote. He has his own mind and his own opinions, yet whenever he speaks it is as though he is reading notes to us from his wife. Melissa has been forcing tension and in the end it backfired because we are sick of it, and not that interested in her.
Jac is making dinner for the Manzo’s and I am checked out. By checked out of course I mean I am now drinking wine. Chris is talking about the trip to Napa and Jac wants to know why Juicy and Tre are going since they don’t get along with anyone. Jac looks horrible, is acting like a spoiled brat, and seems to think we care about her. She is a bitch and I’m over her.
Kathy and Rosie’s mom Maria is making dinner and Kathy’s family is all together. Rich is telling Rosie she needs to get a girlfriend, Kathy is saying she will go gay bar hopping with her, and I think Kathy’s view of her sister’s gay lifestyle has been altered by the show. She’s probably not been as open as she would like us to think. Something is being hidden here.
Back at Jac’s we learn that Albie is dating a new girl called Lindsay, who is a dancer. Greg looks crushed by it, which is hilarious. Between the fake girlfriend and Lauren talking about being fat, I’m done, then just when I think the scene could not get any worse, they start to crap all over Ashlee. No wonder this kid is a mess and can’t stand her family.
Caroline needs to shut the hell up when it comes to other peoples children, and Jac needs to stop throwing her kid under the bus every chance she gets. This show needs to get rid of Jac, Caroline and Melissa. We don’t care about them anymore and they have become too dark to recover from. Their own families can’t stand them so why should we?
Back at Rosie’s, Maria is talking about her childhood and it is very emotional. Her mother gave her away to her aunt when she was five and to hear her remember it is sad. She seems like a remarkable woman and I find myself wanting to hug her. By hug her of course I mean while I am over to her house for dinner. That woman can cook. This is a sweet family.
I would also like to say however, that I feel like Kathy searches the Internet for flowery things to say, then uses them on the show when she can. She’s not good at memorization though so she stumbles through trying to say something profound and so she just sounds dumb. I like her family more than her but if we get them thought her, then keep her.
Teresa tells the kids she is going out for lunch with Gorga and Milania steals the scene. This kid is television gold. Gorga is talking to Melissa and it sounds fake. She could care less if they get along, he is saying what she told him to say, and none of it rings true. Meanwhile Jac’s dad is visiting from Vegas and they decide to bash Ashlee on camera a little more.
Not only do they trash Ashlee, but they also bash Teresa. Her dad is saying not everyone is as good of a friend as Jac is and I’m laughing because Jac is not a good friend. She is also a horrible fake crier. Shaking your voice is dumb with no tears Jac. Grow up. We are not buying it. Tre is lucky to be rid of you and your gossiping ways. Know that.
It is time for the much anticipated therapy session between Gorga and Teresa. He tells her red is sexy and she tells him he smells good. Awkward. We meet Michael, the newest fake therapist on Bravo’s payroll. He seems annoyed, clearly has an agenda, and all I want to do it pluck my own hair out just to be distracted from the garbage on my television.
Teresa meets with the “therapist” and says it has nothing to do with her. Gorga meets with the “therapist” and says all the things Melissa told him to. I believe both of them in that it is their truth, but this fake doctor is not going to help them. The “therapist” tells Joe they need to be smart how they work together and I am officially done with the fake doctor.
Important to note the fake doctor is actually a real doctor. The fake part comes in play in terms of his appearing on television. Giving therapy on reality television is creepy and seems a little unethical. Is the money so good that you are willing to risk your reputation talking to crazy people? I’m thinking not so much.
Teresa and Joe are talking and it’s weird because they are showing them talking at night at the fake doctor’s office, but they were there at lunchtime. Where they there shooting for hours? Joe is pissed there are tabloid stories about them, Joe thinks Teresa sold the stories, and I think it was Caroline who is on a mission to hurt Teresa.
We flash over to Kathy and Rosie at a gay bar and it’s forced and weird. Rosie is a sweet girl, quite pretty, and inherently kind. She will meet a nice woman and watching her whore herself out on Bravo is a shame. Kathy is hammered, probably because she was uncomfortable, and she is making a fool out of herself. Thank goodness this episode is over.
I used to really love this show, and I suppose I still do on some level, but Bravo is pushing my limit. We cannot keep watching all the fighting. There is very little interaction that is entertaining, and it has become a bash Teresa show, and Tre is on the defensive so much she is being taken out of context. Nobody at Bravo seems to cares about keeping it real.
June 29, 2012 | 8:33 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Emily and the remaining men are in Prague this week. I think of all the seasons of both the Bachelor and Bachelorette, the locations Emily has been to are my favorite. I have loved everywhere they have gone. Prague is beautiful and within the first minute of the show the view is ruined by Emily going on and on about how she has the best group of men left. Really? Does she remember who she has with her?
Chris Harrison starts the show by explaining to the men, who have all been watching the show for years, how it is going to work. It is annoying as hell to me that he is there at all. He could Skype this job in and have the same lasting impact on how we view the show. Maybe if he did not gallivant around the world with a bunch of young people, he would be home with his wife and kids, not getting a divorce. Just a thought.
Jef is saying he is falling in love with her and I don’t get it. He is a little too feminine for her and his appeal is lost on me. Sean is very sweet, but he looks so much like her the kissing is gross. Chris is creepy and idiotic, Arie is sleazy, Doug is about to crash and burn, and John never really had a shot with her. Arie gets the first one-on-one date and so we’re off.
Emily is telling the camera about a secret that Arie has. Cut to Harrison and he is telling us that a producer on the show, Cassie, had a relationship with Arie years ago. It’s all dirty if you ask me and I don’t believe any of it. Why would they devote so much time to the subject if it didn’t matter? Why would they show Cassie talking about it but not Arie?
The camera shows a conversation with Emily and Cassie talking about Arie, and Cassie is saying it did not matter, was 10 years ago, and she never told Emily because she wanted her to give Arie a fair shot. I think it’s a crock of crap. Someone should have told Emily on the show because many knew. Cassie is not risking her job for Arie.
This is a deeper mess than what they are saying and I’m not buying it. Emily drops some F bombs and it cracks her nice girl image. I bet she went off the rails with her language when she was dumping Brad. She is saying she would not have cared if she knew from the beginning that Cassie had banged Arie, but we know she would have because we would have.
There are rumors all over the Internet about Arie and his relationship with Cassie, but I’m not reading them because I don’t care. What I do care about is that the producers of this show are being shady. We watch and believe in love, even though we know it’s a scripted hot mess, but when they let us see their antics it bursts the bubble a little bit.
Emily goes on to Cassie about how pissed off she is, then out of nowhere Arie is telling her he is sorry, she is acting like it’s no big deal and was a misunderstanding, and I want to scream. She is now making out with him, in front of his ex-girlfriend, and it’s gross. She has known them all for five minutes and she should throw Arie back and move on.
Back at the hotel the date card comes and John gets the next one-on-one. There is just no way that is happening so I can pass over his date for sure. Arie is professing his love to Emily and instead of getting caught up in the moment, I am wondering what Cassie is thinking as she stands behind the camera. Emily believes Arie loves her, which is disappointing.
How is it that she was just saying she couldn’t trust him, yet now she thinks it could be love and she feels confident in the process? This show is lame. By lame of course I mean I love it. Emily is beautiful and sweet and I love her, but she clearly has no idea what she is doing, is being ruled by the physical, and needs a reality check. Quickly.
It’s John’s big date and it’s sad. He is sweet, excited to have a shot with her, and seems to be oblivious that this is never going to happen for him. Back at the hotel the remaining men are cackling like chicks about their connection and it’s too funny. Do men really sit around and talk like this? They do when it’s scripted for them I guess.
John’s date is romantic but void of any romance. He has alone time with Emily and he is telling her about how he was cheated on by his last girlfriend. I am dying because he is telling her he could not find her for three days because she was sleeping with someone else. Emily says she is in shock and would have called hospitals to see where she was.
John then says what will go down in history as one of the best reality television lines ever. He says that when she was missing for three days he called prisons to see if she was there. Prisons? I would call the morgue before I called prison but bless him for dating the type of girl who might be locked up. John is going home so her kissing him is gross.
The group date is Sean, Doug and Chris. Jef is getting the last one-on-one and Chris is pissed off. John is telling the men he had the perfect date and he is certain he is getting a hometown date. Sean decides he must see Emily for alone time so he leaves the hotel and runs through the deserted streets of Prague shouting her name. It is so fake it is pathetic.
If the streets of Prague are deserted it is because it is 3 in the morning, that he finds her walking alone in an alley makes me spit out my wine win laughter, and that they talk and make out as if there is not a crew filming them is reality heaven. Why are we watching when we know it is all fake? Sean lets us know he wants to marry her. Blah, blah, blah.
Sidebar: It annoys me to no end when the bachelor or bachelorette talk as if they themselves have planned out the dates. Why not just say “they” have planned something special and not talk as if they sat around and told the show what they wanted to do and where they wanted to go? This show is obviously scripted and they need to just own up to it.
Emily takes Doug off for some alone time and it’s a drag that he could not get it together because he seems really great to me. Emily is on the slutty mom tour and Doug moves too slowly for her. She wants to make out with everyone but his loveliness is not appealing to her. He is stumbling, feeling uncomfortable, and I think he is perfect.
Emily is blowing him off, telling him he is too slow, and he goes in for the kiss. It is mortifying. She says thank you for the weird kiss, then sends him home. Poor guy responds to her break up by asking if he did anything wrong. He tells her he feels dumb for kissing her, gives her an awkward hug, says, “have a good one”, and takes off. It’s horrible.
Doug is sweet and I would dig him being the next bachelor. It won’t happen, but it should. Listening to his goodbye in the car, with his crying, makes me want to kiss him. I love this guy. Emily rejoins Sean and Chris and Chris is creeping me out. He is week of chin and week of character. Sean gets alone time with Emily while Chris goes off to sulk.
Chris is off with Emily and he tells her he is going crazy watching her go out with other men, but tells the camera if he does not get a rose he is going to freak out, and not in a good way. He is crazy, not at all attractive, and a child. That she is kissing him is repulsive, and that he is still here is shady, but watching his reaction to not getting a rose is perfect.
Chris is not well in head, which it fun, but kills the show because there is simply no way she is interested in him. I’m not buying it. She says he is cute, but also young, and she is not picking him. He is now telling the guys their date was great. He forgets we saw it. I must move on though because Emily is now out with her sexually unsure best friend Jef.
They buy marionettes and Jef runs back in dramatic fashion to get one for Ricki. So insanely lame. She is not picking him. He is too little, too feminine, and too unsure of his sexuality. They go into a library in Prague and it is amazing. Prague is gorgeous and they are smelling it up with their crap. They reenact their love affair and I am peeing myself.
It is the funniest thing ever. It’s totally what I would do with my sexually unsure best friend. Jef, or rather his puppet, tells Emily that he loves her and they kiss. The puppets I mean. The puppet tells Emily that he is completely in love with her and it is the dumbest thing this dumb show has ever done. They make out and it’s uncomfortable to watch.
To be clear, I like Jef, just don’t get him with her. He is telling her about meeting his family and says that his parents won’t be at home to meet her because they are busy for a few years. Really? What does that mean? Are they in prison? Do they know John’s girlfriend who hangs out in prison? It was a weird excuse for his parents not being there.
Jef says his family is really, really private and now I’m intrigued. There is something going on there and I’m dying to know what it is. They are laying down on the floor, talking about the future, and it’s sweet. In an,“I love my gay best friend and if we are not both married by the time we are 30 we will marry each other”, kind of way. Poor Jef will soon be out.
Important to note that Emily’s boots on this date are ugly. Additionally, when Emily tells Jef she likes him, and he says really, and she reassures him, and he says “promise?” I am certain the end of the world is near. I must also say that when the men drive up to the estate in the antique cars there is a total Nazi’s coming to dinner vibe that is awful.
Emily tells Harrison she has her mind made up and does not want to do a cocktail party, but rather just jump to the rose ceremony. Meanwhile Chris is having a nervous breakdown, crying and being a baby. It’s perfect. Harrison tells the men there will be no cocktails and Chris is going off the rails. He will be humiliated when he watches.
In the most dramatic rose ceremony ever, Arie, Sean and Jef all have roses and it’s down to Chris and John. Before she can call out John, Chris says he must talk to her. He cries, tells her be behaved like a child, and took the time with her for granted, he is sorry, he wants to be the man in her life, and he hopes she will not send him home. Disgusting.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. John is out and Chris gets the hometown date. I’m so over it. We are nearing the end kids and I will rejoice when it’s done. I will watch the finale, as I always do, in my wedding dress, with some booze, and cake. I will laugh and cry and jump up and down when she finds love as I read my US Weekly cover story about how she is now alone.
This show is beyond predictable and I don’t care. It plays the violin in my romantic heart and I watch with amazement, disgust, wonderment and joy. I don’t know who she will pick and frankly don’t care. She will not stay with whomever it is. This show is perfection if by perfection you mean reality television garbage. I will be back for the hometown dates. I’m curious about them all and hope there is an embarrassing dad in the mix to keep it real.
June 27, 2012 | 12:13 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I was very much looking forward to talking to Twitter’s @AsianPosh1. She has been following me on Twitter for a long time and has been truly lovely. She defends me to the haters, reads my reality blog and my lifestyle blog, and always has a kind word for everyone who needs it. She is kind, funny, beautiful, and was exactly what I expected when we finally chatted.
Posh is soft spoken with an easy laugh and a comforting tone. She was born in Hong Kong, moved to the United States when she was five, and her journey here is fascinating. Her parents had Mormon missionaries knock on their door one day, they were interested in their message, they decided they wanted to be Mormon, packed up and moved to Salt Lake City.
I’ve had missionaries come to my door, heard stories, and listened to jokes, but never met anyone who actually embraced the mission being shared and converted. It’s really interesting. They changed their faith and relocated to a foreign land to start over. It takes commitment to faith and hope in better things to make such a leap, and I respect their dreams.
They eventually relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where they opened a Chinese food restaurant. Posh worked there from the time she was in the 5th grade until she graduated from high school. She left home to go to college and at age nineteen, while eating out, she met her Prince Charming. It was love at first sight and they were married when Posh was twenty-one.
Posh earned her degree in elementary education but never worked as a teacher. She had been working since she was a kid, her husband had become a computer programmer, and so after many years of marriage, she was ready to take on the hardest job in the world, a stay home mom. She has been a full time mom for almost 15 years and has no regrets.
Posh does not watch a lot of television, but she made the horrible mistake of tuning in to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and before she knew it she was an addict and unable to stop watching. She is a huge fan of Brandi Glanville, and while she turned to Twitter to chat with other fans, she decided early on to not get sucked into drama and darkness.
She is friendly with a lot of people from different camps, and tries to get along with everyone and stay neutral. As we all know, reality television fans on Twitter can be a little intense. By a little intense of course I mean totally crazy. Everyone has their favorite housewife, and their favorite blogger, but if you pick a side you will be thrown to the wolves.
Posh has seen some vicious attacks on Twitter, some of them surrounding me, and she has managed to not get involved, but still extend a hand of comfort and kindness to those who are. She has not met anyone she knows through Twitter, but there are several she would like to meet. It freaks her out of course, but you’d be a crazy person if it didn’t.
Posh has two daughters and her devotion to them is really special. She has dedicated her life to being home with them and it’s sweet to hear her speak of not only how much she loves being home with them, but also how lucky and privileged she feels to be able to do it. She is a modern woman to be sure, but also a throwback to the days of June Cleaver.
Her younger daughter was diagnosed with autism at age four and it made Posh an advocate. She is passionate about allowing her daughters every opportunity to thrive, and her little one in particular is blessed by the commitment her mother has. The diagnosis was crushing, but as soon as she fell apart she lifted herself up and began her fight.
Her daughter was diagnosed early and Posh and her husband reacted quickly. They became very proactive in her treatment and would not allow denial to take over. They wanted to just think it would all be okay and not worry, but that was not really an option, They were heartbroken to be sure, but there was no time for them to worry about themselves.
Posh wondered if it was her fault. What would life look like for her baby as she grew up? She struggled, panicked, cried, took anti-depressants, and in the end was able to lean on her husband and use the love from her two beautiful little girls to propel her forward. She is hopeful people will be kind and allow her children to live their best lives.
Posh is old fashioned and traditional when it comes to her marriage and parenting. I admire how she loves and respects her family, and am inspired by her devotion. That said, we could never be friends in real life. This chick runs 7 to 8 miles a day. For fun. Who does that? You can bounce a quarter off her ass and she has no body fat. It’s offensive.
Our girl never watches her favorite reality television when it first airs. She waits until morning, pours herself a cup of coffee, and watches while tweeting. Her husband thinks reality TV is funny and he supports her addicted, but he is not watching it. After 22 years of marriage Posh and her husband are still newlyweds and it’s refreshing.
There were married for 8 years before they had kids, grew up together, and now enjoy being parents. Posh says that God puts things in your path for a reason and it’s dealing with those things that make you who you are. She feels blessed that her husband was put in her path and that she is blessed with her two daughters. Her life is exactly as it should be.
I asked Posh to describe herself in three words and she chose loyal, advocate, and determined. She truly is a lovely woman and I am a fan of hers. This is a woman who lives a full life, embraces her challenges, advocates for autism, and is happy. She is yet another shining reason of why this series is becoming my favorite part of keeping it real.
June 25, 2012 | 8:46 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
You cannot watch this show and not wonder what the hell is going on at Bravo. How is it they think we are finding this even remotely entertaining? We watch because we are addicted not because we are interested, and eventually we will stop This show is embarrassing, these women are pathetic, and whoever had the brilliant idea of trying to turn us all against Teresa should be fired because it is an epic failure.
We start this week with Caroline trying to convince us she was randomly dropping off bathing suits to Jac’s house, and not part of a scripted ambush. Caroline is a liar, a bad actress, and being eaten alive by jealously. We quickly skip to Chris talking about Jac with the unemployed Manzo kids. He tries to paint a picture of Jac as loyal and caring, but what we are hearing is that she is unstable, volatile, and crazy.
Chris is saying he might need to uninvite Teresa and Juicy to the Napa trip and it’s hilarious because even the morons at Bravo know that without Teresa and Juicy there we will have nothing interesting to watch except a bunch of people with no personalities talking about nothing because none of them work or have anything interesting to say. Whoever writes this show really needs to start drinking more.
Jac is talking to the camera about how upset she is about her fight with Teresa and I am dying because she is fake crying and wiping away tears that are not there. She is faking it and not in a good way. Over the past few weeks of watching this show the only thing I know for certain is that I am more sympathetic to Ashlee than ever before. If this is the mother she grew up with, then no wonder she is such a mess.
Teresa is with Juicy and telling us she went to talk with Dina after her ambush with Jac and Caroline. Juicy is listening to her and I must say it is the most appealing he has been in a long time. Could it be that Juicy has been getting a bad wrap and in the end he is just a guy, who loves his wife, and made some stupid choices? Not important really, but he is great this week and we see glimpses of the man Tre loves.
Juicy is telling Teresa to walk away from Jac and Caroline and get new friends. He is tired of watching his wife be upset and I think he is right. Meanwhile, in an attempt to step away from her toxic friendships and repair things with her family, she calls Kathy to get together. Kathy is a wet noodle and I cannot find anything of interest about her or any member of her family. She is two faced and I’m over her.
Cut to Kathy meeting Teresa and it’s just weird. Teresa is trying to understand what happened between them and move forward, but Kathy is concerned about her friendship with Jac and Caroline. Teresa explains to Kathy what happened and Kathy is unable to listen with an open heart. She thinks Teresa is only talking to her because she fought with the other ladies and frankly I think Kathy is being a bitch.
Kathy brings out a diaper cover from when Victoria was a baby, and remembers how close they were way back when. It’s confusing that Kathy wants to run down memory lane with her, yet is concerned about friendships with people she just met. Kathy cannot be trusted and I blame Caroline for that. The best thing she can do for herself and her family is walk away from the trash and focus on her family.
Melissa is doing a phone interview with Ryan Seacrest and we are reminded of what might be the most annoying song ever. We see Joe Gorga is hilarious, her kids are beautiful, and Melissa is a compulsive liar. She says she did not want to make a big deal about the song, but it’s what Joe wanted. Really? Of course she wanted it to be a big deal. She also says if you work hard and pray you can get what you want.
Marry well and you can get the same things Doll. Joe gets on the phone with Ryan and makes it all about sex in front of his kids, which is weird. Melissa says she does not think Ryan likes her song, and she does not care because it only matters what the world thinks. Well Melissa, on behalf of the world, let me tell you that we really didn’t like it. It was not good and I won’t buy it, no matter how much you beg me to on Twitter.
Teresa is talking to Juicy about going to therapy with her brother and he is not sure about it. He tells her he is not into therapy and thinks it’s a bad idea. That said, he loves Teresa and so if she wants to go he will support her, but he thinks her dad will be pissed off. Teresa lets us know she did tell her dad and he offered to be the therapist. Now that would be good television. Juicy gives her his blessing.
Melissa and Joe are driving to her launch party and when she talks to God she leans forward to look out the window to the heavens. Hilarious. God is everywhere Mel, no see to look up. Meanwhile Chris reaches out to Juicy about how bummed he is, and it’s lame. Chris should take off the blinders he is wearing when it comes to his troublemaking wife. Jac is not as nice as he seems to think she is and that’s the truth.
Kathy sits down to talk to Caroline and Jac and tells them how happy she is about Jaime’s wedding, and Caroline uses the opportunity to trash Teresa. Carline is a horrible woman. Nothing nice about her anymore which is a shame because she used to be great. She is now openly trying to turn Kathy against Teresa and I am grossed out. Jac and Caroline need to get fired from this show yesterday.
Teresa arrives to the party and kisses Kathy but blows off Jac and I am proud of her. Jac is upset she walked past her which proves that Jac is an idiot. Teresa takes Joe Gorga off for a chat and tells him she will go to therapy with him. It’s sad really. They love each other, and that they are trying is nice, but I’m not sure it will work. That does not matter really. They are trying and that’s half the battle.
Cousin Rosie is there, totally hammered, and one of the best parts of this show. Melissa plays her song and has to beg the crowd to get up and dance, which would indicate it is a crap song. Chris then encourages Jac to go talk to Teresa at the party, which is lame. Sidebar: the Manzo brothers are not funny and Jac is too old to be wearing blue nail polish. That they are having this fight at the party is embarrassing.
Teresa is telling the camera she should have punched Jac in the face and I’m wishing she would have. Jac is trying to throw Teresa under the bus to the camera and we don’t care. Jac has no neck, which clearly makes her thinking delayed. Chris and Juicy are talking and I feel bad for them. Chris seems like a good guy. By good guy of course I mean he has no clue about how horrible his wife is being right now.
Caroline is now telling Joe Gorga trash about his sister. Bitch. Jac is demanding Teresa tell her about their friendship and Teresa could care less. Melissa goes over because they are yelling, Teresa is trying to explain things to Melissa, Jac tells Teresa to F off and storms off. Jac is a conniving, pathological liar and we are reminded that Danielle Staub was good television. Jac is now crapping oll over Teresa.
Chris is trying to be a mensch while Jac is humiliating herself. Melissa tells Teresa she was pregnant, hormonal and hating her when she reached out to her enemy Danielle. That Melissa is admitting this proves that Teresa has been right about her. People think Melissa works so hard to be good, but she just admitted she went to Danielle to cause problems for Teresa. I think that speaks volumes about who Melissa is.
Melissa apologizes for talking to Danielle and tells her she would never hurt her. Really? Melissa spends a lot of time trying to hurt Teresa. Tre smells like a rose and the other chicks are smelling like garbage. It is impossible to know what is really going on, but from the perspective of a television show, Teresa is the clear cut winner here. Watching the family all get along is a great thing and I liked it.
Next week will be the start of therapy for Teresa and Joe Gorga, so that should be interesting. By interesting of course I mean not at all interesting. This show is bad. I’m willing to stick by the family and let them all stay, but Caroline and Jac have got to go. This show is giving me a drinking problem, but I am in it so I’ll keep watching. I will blog about it, and do what Bravo has been unable to do. I will be keeping it real.
June 24, 2012 | 10:13 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
When I called my latest interview, he answered the phone by serenading me with Sinatra’s “My Way”. He sounded great, and while surprising, exactly what I expected. That was my introduction to Twitter’s @JohnnytheGrk. I knew I would like him because I love his wife @PDKHair. Penny is no dummy so I assumed the man she married would be fabulous.
Johnny is fabulous, and from the moment we started talking I was a fan. This man tells it like it is, hides nothing, and has a love for his wife and children that made me swoon. He loves Penny in a way that makes my heart flutter. By flutter of course I mean his ridiculous and blatant flirting with me not only made my day, but put a skip in my step.
His recounting of how he met Penny is slightly different from how she recalls it. He likes to laugh about how she threw herself at him, but then says that when he met her his heart stopped beating for a minute. He says she literally took his breath away and he loves her in a way that gives him life. I love a man who loves his wife this way.
Johnny is a true Jersey boy. He loves New Jersey and laughs at the notion that people think Jersey is like what we see on reality television. Snooki and Caroline are entertaining, but they are not Jersey. Johnny should be a spokesperson for Jersey so we won’t think the state is full of freaks. To clarify, he is freaky, but in the really good way.
Johnny graduated from college with a degree in finance and international business. He went to work for Dean Witter right after school and quickly became a wiz kid. He was making magic happen on Wall Street but it was not his passion. While all the young wolves read the Wall Street Journal, he was reading the sports section of The New York Times.
He was working endless hours in the finance business, but his father was not feeling well and Johnny felt he should go to work with his dad to take the pressure off and help the family. His father was the owner of Rutt’s Hut, which is a New Jersey landmark and home to one of the world’s greatest hotdogs. Johnny quit his job and went home.
Johnny’s father raised him to do something that he loved and not be driven by money. He did not care if Johnny was a garbage man or a politician, as long as he was happy and good at what he did. Rutt’s has been in Johnny’s family for 38 years and being there with his dad is what made him happy. He is loyal and devoted which makes him sexy as hell.
He still trades, has clients he helps with investments, and has no regrets. When asked about how he views life he said his life is like a book and every day is a different page. Years are chapters, and the goal is that when he is gone, people will want to read the book. His immortality will be in how people remember him, and that matters.
He wants his children to look at the life of their father and be proud, as he is of his dad. His father is alive and well and still working alongside Johnny. He wants to touch hearts in a way that they remember, which is interesting coming from a man who, in a lot of ways, does not care what people think about him. Johnny is fascinating.
He watches reality television with his wife because it is something they can do together. Well at least it was in the beginning. He is now a full blown addict just like the rest of us. He has been sucked into the drama and cannot look away. He also clarifies that he will support Penny if she is invited to be a Real NJ housewife, but it is her decision.
Bravo might not be able to handle his family because they are real and that does not seem to be what Bravo is going for these days. He and Penny are very black and white, live with no fear, and don’t worry about making Bravo happy as much as making their family proud of them. I dare Bravo to put these two on TV. Double dare actually.
Johnny has nothing to hide and says he is not afraid of being on a reality show. While historically reality TV rips families apart, that won’t happen to him. He says his family is solid, has no secrets, and if people want to look in their closets for skeletons, he says bring some beer and he will BBQ. This guy is exactly what Bravo does not want on television.
Penny and Johnny are authentic. By authentic of course I mean what reality TV used to be in the beginning, before it was a bunch of fame whores. Johnny describes Penny as the person who inspires him to be better. I come back to Penny because I think you can tell a lot about a man by how he speaks about his family, and this guy is brilliant at it.
Their marriage, like all marriages, is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but they are blessed to have more ups than downs. He says behind every door, in every city, no matter how big the house, are people who have problems. At the end of the day he looks at everyone as equal and has a lovely view of humanity. I really like this guy a lot.
It was when he spoke of his constant flirting that I think I fell in love with him. He says he will flirt with a 500 pound woman in the super market and a supermodel at the gas station, because it matters. Making someone’s day is a powerful thing and he loves to do it. I must tell you he flirted with me and I found myself twirling my hair as we spoke.
I asked Johnny to give me three ways in which he would describe himself and he chose spontaneous, flirtatious, and bullshit free. When I then asked him to describe Penny, he chose foundation, structure and home. He added that without her he has no foundation, no structure and no home. Seriously? Who is this guy? I want one just like him.
When it comes to Twitter, Johnny says it is 75% fun and 25% bullshit. I would argue it’s the other way around, but bless him for being positive. He does not take any of it personally and will not let it affect him, and he laughs at people more than he gets pissed off. He is himself on Twitter and marvels at those who want to use it for hate.
He has respect for people on Twitter who use their own pictures and names, and finds it entertaining when people threaten him from behind fake accounts. His response to those people? Be brave, leave the safety of Twitter, and come see him face to face. He will give you his address, grab you a beer, and take you on. He means business.
Johnny has developed a genuine affection for many people on Twitter and it is sweet how he truly cares about them. This guy is more wiseass than smart ass, and I hope to see him and Penny on RHoNJ. If Tony Soprano, Al Pacino, and Rocky had a son together, it would be @JohnnytheGrk. This guy is delicious and a true master at keeping it real.
June 19, 2012 | 8:15 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I love this show and I love Emily but I am starting to lose interest in the whole thing. It is moving very slowly, Emily is sweet but wearing thin, and I’m not sure I see her with any of the men she has left. There are a couple of great men, but I’m not seeing the chemistry she is feeling. That said, we are getting close and I am in until the final rose.
Whoever Emily chose has probably already been dumped, but that is not important. What’s important is she gets to whore around Europe, making out with lots of different men, and it is all on film for her daughter to see when she grows up. My romantic heart wants Emily to find love, but the single mother side of me thinks she made a mistake.
Emily and the boys are in Croatia. It is stunning and the travels are one of the best parts of this show. Watching Emily walk up to her hotel with an empty suitcase is hilarious. Her daughter has gone back to Charlotte so Emily can start making out for real. Emily tells the boys she feels like she is in a different world, which struck me as dumb.
Travis gets the first one-on-one date and he is thrilled because he thinks he could love her. Translation: He is not getting a rose and totally going home. I predict he cries. Can’t wait. They do something where Travis could have taken off his shirt and opts not too, which Emily is upset about. Look Ricki, Mommy is a little slutty in Croatia. Nice.
Travis and Emily are at dinner and it is too funny. He is clearly into her and she could care less. He reminds me of Clay Aiken for some reason. No clue why. His accent is lovely, and he seems like a nice guy, but there is just no way. Back at the hotel we find out that Ryan will get the other one-on-one date while the others are stuck on a group date.
Emily lets Travis down easy, but it’s still sad. She tells him he is fabulous, but there is nothing romantic and even though she really, really wanted it to happen, it did not. Blah, blah, blah. She goes on to tell him it’s not him, it’s her! I freaking love the ridiculousness of this show. Wait for it…. Travis cries. Bless him. I hope he finds a great girl.
Not only does he cry, but he throws his umbrella away and walks in the rain with no protection. It is dramatic, pathetic, and perfect reality television. On the group date they go see the movie Brave. I can’t wait to see it too. Nice product placement ABC’s Momma, Disney. They are whoring themselves out which is classic. Everyone is a whore in the end.
The boys are now going to change into kilts and compete in their own Highland Games. They are competing in three events and it’s cute. I will say again, what I have said before, Chris the young guy is creepy, not attractive, and way out of his league. I don’t get why she thinks he is so cute. He has week lips and no personality.
Emily kissing Chris looks weird. Emily Kissing Sean looks incestuous. Emily kissing Arie looks dirty. Emily kissing Jef looks odd. Emily kissing so many men on film when she has a little girl is icky. Sidebar: It cracked me up when Ryan answered the door to get his date card, sees the envelope and looks to the right and left as if he does not know who left it. Ryan is a loser.
Emily comes to get Ryan for their date and the other men are not into him. He is creepy in a totally sexy kind of way. The kind of guy that looks gorgeous naked, looks into your eyes and you feel like the luckiest girl alive, until you realize he is simply looking at his own reflection in your eyeball. Ryan is a pig and he has no clue he is going home.
They go to harvest oysters and it’s nasty. I’m not a fan of eating ocean snot, and neither is Emily. Ryan is all over the place. He is talking again about wanting a trophy wife, mentioning that God has a plan, and then being a complete douchebag. He is also wearing the ugliest turquoise shoes to dinner. He is slimy and is about to go home.
Ryan is talking and talking and talking and Emily is just not into it. She is bored, not that interested, and her saying she is unsure of him is a lie. She is obviously not into him so dump him already. Wait for it…… Ryan is dumped. Wait for it….. he is not having it. Emily is humming and hawing. Wait for it…. She sticks by her guns and he is out. The music is fabulous.
Dumping Ryan took forever. By forever of course I mean I drank an entire glass of wine during the break up. The men back at the hotel are thrilled he is going home, Ryan is in shock that he is out, and worried about how shocked the men must be, meanwhile they have all been praying he goes home. Ryan assures us he is a winner not a loser. Thanks Ryan.
Important to note that Ryan lets the camera know he is fabulous and not conceited. He then requests for the editors of The Bachelorette to edit him in a way that reflects his true self, not an arrogant ass. He must have banged an editor while on the show because he has been portrayed as a douchebag. That said, I’m guessing it was not all editing.
Arie goes to visit Emily and tells her it was hard to find her. Really? Did the crew give him the wrong directions? He tells her he likes her, is glad Ryan went home, and feels bad he did not stick up for her in London. They make out, she gives him a rose in private, and I’m thinking next week I am going to drink margaritas instead of wine.
Emily talks to John alone and I don’t get it. There is no chemistry and nothing for them to talk about. He talks about his dead grandparents and cries. While it’s lovely, I’m grossed out. She then goes to talk to alone with Doug. She lets us know it’s moving slow with him. Maybe he is just not a whore. I like him though and want him to stay.
Doug cries because he misses his son and I think I might be in love with him. He could be pulling the wool over all of our eyes, but this man is delicious and I want him in the final two. I really hope she keeps him longer. At the rose ceremony we are down to Doug and John when we are forced to watch some painfully scripted garbage reality television.
Emily just turns and walks out of the room with no explanation. She goes off to talk to Chris and tells him she is not sure what to do. It looks like she might not give either of them a rose, then we learn she asked for an extra one and gives them each one. It’s silly and scripted and fake and demands that I move on from wine to hard liquor.
We are down to six men and next week we head to Prague. There will be making out, and tears, but hopefully not tears while making out. We hear about drama with Arie, Chris is a hot mess, and Emily continues her European slut tour of 2012. I’m in it, adjusting my alcohol intake to the good stuff, and hoping Doug sticks around to keep it real.