These sham photos were no longer public as soon as this thread went live on the blog. Nothing like these photos has publicly leaked from Scott and Jessica's "private" facebooks til now, late at night, barely a week prior to Skate Canada.
What are the odds.
The fan who created the small sham flickr album that hosted the photos below has commented here on this site, insists Scott and Jessica are real, claims to be on Scott's "private" facebook* by accident but frequently hints what's on it.
She and Scott must have become pm/im buddies despite her accidental friend status and public "slips" about the contents of his "personal" fb.
Seeing as we're all dumb asses.
I think it's a shame Scott and Jessica hid their May 2010 vacation pda in fall 2010 and only showed us separate vacation photos of them separately kissing Mexican dolphins and I'm sure it had nothing to do with Scott and Tessa skipping the GP last year - just like tonight's gambit has nothing to do with Skate Canada International coming up fast.
Anyhow - here you go. Let's not let such clever go to waste:
|Danny, put your hand on your Tessa WHERE WE CAN SEE IT.|
Damn. How do we know you're a real couple?
|If only two molecules of separate lips make contact, is it still a kiss?|
|Aw - cheek to cheek just like Jessica/Alex Bilodeu|
and Scott/Tessa. Except not, because
Scott's leaning in the wrong direction for that.
Jesus Barb what did they teach you in Bible school. And Scott, what does that cross around your neck mean to you anyway?
|Again with the virtually lipless kiss.|
|Hi Cara. |
I hope they pay Cara's freight to these events too. She deserves it
cousin's wedding or no cousin's wedding.
Sham photo bombing is not necessary to offset a lack of Scott/Jessica interaction at Canadian competitions, nor to offset Tessa/Scott chemistry. Why are they so obsessed with "offsetting" Scott and Tessa chemistry? To control what people think. It's absurd.
To have a do-it-yourself privacy screen, all that's necessary at this point - the horse having been beaten to death - is for Scott and Tessa to maintain that they're platonic and date other people.
But it keeps coming. Privacy protection - still? Nonsense. Doesn't stand up.
Someone is getting their rocks off with this. Or feels their job would be obsolete if they didn't push this.
All that's driving this sham spew anymore is immaturity and lack of balls. They're deluded if they think that's not the takeaway.
This has gotten to be like that episode of Friends where each side (fans and VM) knows the other knows they know they know. Whatever utility the photos may have once had, now they just exist to make fans feel sick and to purposefully sour fan outreach from Scott and Tessa, because there's always a sham kicker. There's been a bad taste in people's mouths with these two that will linger.
An icky juxtaposition of hideous ill at ease and pseudo intimacy is in every Scott/Jessica photo and the revulsion from fans is normal. It's not fair to keep shoving these cynical, sour photo spams at people.
I think it's a shame, the timing. Pretty much poisoning Scott's one genuine-seeming outreach on his fan facebook days ago. So much for that and Finlandia good feelings.
ETA: he does that outreach and Carol Moir ("Can't wait to see Scott and Tessa skate their two programs Taipei!") and some others who are not regulars on his fan page came along to verify its sincerity by "liking it". Fans feel really happy and good about it.
And what was it? A sucker trap. Making an unusually big show of opening up and sharing, maybe feeling bad for letting people anticipate a Tessa/Scott photo - and it's a set-up. That's how they've worked from the start. Bait. Tease. Then - BAM.
It's who they are. Brats and asses who don't see the fun of a sham if they can't jerk people's chains.
When Tanith and Evan Lysacek dated, they went on the record. They didn't scam facebook and turn around and play "no names" with the media. They had balls. They gave quotes, they stood behind what they were doing. Because of that, they didn't have to jerk people around.
Fedor and Tanith I don't know if they were ever "official" but as good friends they displayed consistency whatever the platform.
This Scott/Jessica thing - they do all this garbage for a social media audience and then zip up for the mainstream media. So they're a little cautious around the mainstream media, but have no problem treating online fans like a garbage dump. They load up the truck and back it up.
It's just a little bit interesting how INTO garbage creation they are. The gusto, the sheer volume. It's definitely not necessary and it's not what any real couple does, nor what an effective sham does. It's got wardrobe and scenery and a budget. It goes on location, it does couple poses that real couples would think are stupid. So, again, it circles round to this: that this sham management doesn't exist because the sham is important, but the sham itself exists because it gets somebody - or somebodies - off. The sham persists in its current form because someone really really enjoys working this way.
Several posts below, someone objected to the idea that a baby would be used as a prop for this, thought that suggestion was out of line. Give me a break. Nothing sacred is their watchword. They exploit their own stuff because they know fans don't believe they'd corrupt family weddings, babies, the Olympics, Tessa's surgery, the Christmas holidays, birthdays - all real things - as production elements in a sham. Yes, they would and have and will continue to do all of that. They don't respect those things. They exploit fans' respect for those things and the fact that fans don't believe they'd stoop so low. That's how they get over.
P.S. I certainly hope the fan who posted these photos on her flickr knows the score. To use her without her knowing this stuff is fake would be fucked up, but this crowd definitely feels entitled to make fools of people. The press won't expose anything. Look at how the so-called skating press played along with the scrum stagecraft so Barb could get that out on the web. Their acting faces!
To them, the sham is pest control, and it shows all the maturity and respect with which pests get treated. They're not satisfied with just managing fan relations like professionals, like grown-ups. If they knew what that was, and signs are, they don't.
The "nice, kind, sweet kids" b.s. to fans' faces, and on fb posts, while simultaneously maintaining a policy of setting fans up, looking for excuses to play them for suckers BECAUSE they're fans and everyone in public life knows fans are predictable.
It's like the spouse who cheats, and because they're making fools of their spouse at home and feel guilty, they compensate by being super affectionate, laying on the compliments and the affection. Except that doesn't really compensate, does it?
The analogy is strained but the ethics are the same - the idea is that if I'm the nicest person in the world to someone's face, laying on the patience, gratitude, courtesy and sweet, it's okay if I demean them behind their back. It doesn't count if they don't realize it! It just makes me smart.
Someone might point me to the ends justifies the means speech Jesus made. I know Barb must have it memorized - maybe Scott does too.
They're hypocrites and two-faced, not because of the barrier between the phony public life and the private real one, but because of the difference between how full of shit they are, how they treat people to their face and how they make fools of them in reality.
*What a shock that the fans remaining on Scott's fb upload his sham photos onto a flickr account that became public. These are fans he "knows personally" and trusts. I'm sure he never expected that would happen.