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Their holy bond
My first thought - he imagines that whomever he might 'bump into' will not be one of the polite side-eyes but obnoxious and needy. So? What's the worst down side of occasionally being recognized? If they're recognized on occasion while together - what damage is done?
Jessica Dube is the "girlfriend" the Moirs and Virtues paraded down Main Street in a buggy, next to Scott's mom. Jessica is always an unnamed, semi-abstract "girlfriend" to the mainstream media, yet the fact of her being on the same team, a pairs skater and semi-famous in her own right opens up new angles on the Virtue/Moir story. Somehow though the legit media knows not to touch it by name. Not when interviewing the loquacious Jessica, not when interviewing Scott and Tessa. Why not? The Times was happy to name Tanith as Evan's ex .
As to Jessica, presumably, being demoted to former gf, what now changes? The following, IMO, are elements that are potentially part of the public takeaway on Virtue and Moir and their sham. It's not fans who "don't understand." Tessa and Scott are the ones who don't understand that:
1) It's a scam and a hoax, they've been proactive about misrepresenting the facts, and they've marketed their lying while sanctimoniously praising themselves for their genuine hometown kids personas at every turn. I believe SC thinks lying and cheese-eating bullshit is what marketing IS. It's not.
2) It's been a married man and father, someone we're told has religious faith, "making out" with another woman for a photographer and spamming social media with photos and other material conveying that he's having sex with this woman - and why? To make his lies convincing.
Both "1" and "2" might lead to unpleasant realizations about Scott and Tessa's true opinion of Canadian fans, and a concurrent realization that these self-styled humble figure skaters have an extraordinarily high opinion of themselves, in inverse proportion to their low opinion of the paying public.
"All of Canada was on the ice with us" is something they say repeatedly, failing to add it was a horrible sensation. It must have been. Look at them. To protect their special selves from the Canadian public, they made the strategic decision to systematically violate elementary standards of decency and respect.*
What they share must not be contaminated by fans. Furthermore, the public is too stupid to understand and respect their relationship. (I know - it's unprecedented!!) Ignore side-eyes and fans showing them courtesy - they don't count!
But then - how much are they really protecting for sensitivity/privacy reasons and how much is money/exploitation, control freak reasons?
ETA: Because I'm thinking - you know, the public, with their overinvestment in figure skating, their knitting, their needy, no-lives having - they might pay BIG for the now-it-can-be-told story of these fairy tale figure skaters, considering figure skating fans as a demo live dumpy love-and-sex-starved lives and live vicariously through the skaters. Right? How much do you think Scott and Tessa can make for themselves and maybe SC if they play it right?
Tessa repeatedly says they value their privacy - but here comes a documentary.Their book with "private" photos is gathering mold at clearance sales. Scott is repeatedly photographed with a digital camera but he can't share anything with fans, not from a rehearsal, a training camp, nothing. Privacy? Don't think so.
They have to earn a living.
To cover all these bases - the pious and the self-serving - what else could they have done but what they did and continue to do?
And how else would SC justify paying Barb and Debbi. Debbi isn't doing the job in her title. Barb is inept and pretty lazy as well as transparently overeager to get her face on camera, promote Barb and enjoy other perks of a relatively high-profile, low-show (when there's actual off-camera responsibilities on her plate) position.
Their opinion of "us" couldn't be more contemptuous.Their opinion of themselves couldn't be higher.
P.S. - I look forward to some of the usual suspects on fsu claiming they've "heard things" re why Scott now has a "former" girlfriend.
*A corrollary - babies. Casen Loosley and Quinn Moir. Plunk a baby in Jessica's arms. Better yet, plunk a fresh-baked newborn Moir, still in the maternity ward, in Jessica's arms and make it her profile photo concurrent with Alma's profile pic holding the same baby. The public will never believe the Moirs could be so vulgar or so blatantly mock the public's assumptions. That's what makes it perfect! Exploit the public's homegrown, parochial, bourgeois values. Those suckers. We're so slick, and unlike us, they're such rubes. What a way to mock the public's values and manipulate them to get a lie across. Christmas is the same deal. It's Christmas for God's sake!