|Love the crotch block from Scott and the holding hands |
almost but basically not. And, as ever, the eye contact.
was found by the blog. At the time the blog said that, it was no accident that the link to this "private" account got passed around til it reached the blog. Team VM wanted the blog to publish these photos. It was right after Scott had done something "nice". As many have noticed, when he's nice or gracious, he's setting people up. Has he EVER done anything nice on social media EVER that didn't come with a poison pill?
Turns out, this includes charity. Is he giving that money to charity - to men's health? Sure. But why not stick some sham on as a sidecar. Never leave something uncorrupted, that's them.
The fan who was so mortified over her flickr account being "exposed" had no compunction about paying a quick visit to fanforum to share a link that would set fans on the trail to locating a public facebook account that again exposes Scott's private life to the public and to the enemy. OMG! This poor fan must be mortified eleventy times over now! She's all internet thumbs, this fan.
Just remember Jessica had a profile pic up for her birthday with her sibs' significant others tagged, and in two seconds the fandom had located the album of Jessica's birthday party hosted on the facebook of her brother's girlfriend.
Team Virtue Moir are not internet geniuses with the big picture but they know fans can click through an easy trail.
I'm always happy to do their work for them.
So when a fan who had "private" photos stored on her flickr rolls in and drops a link to the m'ovember page, with just a quick "Great stuff!" or similar, slaps down a smiley, and then goes poof, fans click the link right away. There's Captain Scott raising money for m'ovember. Scott's on the web! Talking to friends and family, in public, joking around! Let's look at the list that's right there and see who is donating to his team. Looks like mostly friends. Whose name is at the very top of his donor list with an impressive $50.00? I recognize some of the other names, but hers is new. Wonder if she's on facebook like a lot of his other buddies. Tap tap - let's see. Oh, she is! And look at her profile picture, put up less than 24 hours ago and JUST in time for CoR.*
And now it's gone. Mission accomplished. How they think - or at least, the veneer they're putting up goes like this: if it were b.s., like everything these people do, would it have been hidden right after the blog published the photo? Of course not! Some evil blog published her private photo and it's a private facebook and right away she hid it. I wonder if she's embarrassed! Whatever, this whole incident is proof everything is private and real.
Just ignore that fans were busy dropping links, laying a trail of little arrows and post-its directing fans to the m'ovember site, and Team VM counted on this. In furtherance of keeping m'ovember on fans' minds, Moirwise (hi Charlotte), the m'ovember site is turned into an active chat-and-banter site among Moirs and friends so visitors will stick around awhile, check things out.
With this one, they're shit stirring. They're throwing bait out there, knowing fans will sniff it out in five seconds (which they did) - but as there are a couple of layers of separation, fans can't think this was set up intentionally! There's a layer of deniability. It's their idea of subtle. It's like when Barb dropped Craig Buntin's wedding guest list on icenetwork. This time, the trail ended at facebook but started somewhere else - how could it be them pushing people towards that facebook?
And here it is on the blog - because I aim to please.
I'm not going after these people - they want this stuff here. It's the only place left that justifies what they have done and do. They want to stir fans up, use the blog to do it, so they can point to the agitation and say "See - this is what we need to protect ourselves from!" Things were too quiet, fans too accepting, everybody was focused on Carmen, and the season ahead, which is how you'd think they'd want it. Only a few of the usual suspects on Addicted were analyzing body language, and expressing their thoughts, which is Scott and Tessa's business - how?
So, it was looking like Scott and Tessa have been jerking fans around all this time for nothing and maybe they should just be grateful things were settling down. Maybe leave well enough alone and focus on the skating part of the season ahead.
God fucking forbid.
I have a few thoughts:
How the photo reached fans (and since the blog started, the blog) is exactly how all the Jessica stuff reached fans prior to the post-Olympic sham blasts - via the underground railroad of social media, as that keeps Scott and Tessa's oh so clean hands clean.
The Moir family and some Scott buddies, so reticent on the facebook side of social media of late, are active all over the m'ovember page. Boy - they care a lot about men's health!
The blog went through a whole discussion in a recent post about Tessa versus Jessica and how Tesssa crushes Jessica in most basic appeal departments and now that Scott has pretty much announced Tessa's no innocent, please explain how Jessica could have the upper hand?
Cue the upgrade! A way more conventionally glam and confident gal steps into the recently vacated slot!
Here she is on a bunch of rocks - the location looks familiar.
She's from London. She knows the fam.
Still, while Scott doesn't appear to radiate the same degree of aversion he did with Jessica in the photo with Cassandra, it's still as if they each occupy their separate planes and kind of gingerly line up sideways (are they squatting, sitting, or leaning?) and even the lowered eyes look past each other, and Scott is sporting his weak "sensitive" smile that he has been practicing since the last few months of his sham with Jessica. And look at that upper body body language and Scott's crotch hand.
Scott and Tessa must be innocent in this one. They're minding their business! Is it their fault fans traced this profile pic? Who could have anticipated that? All that happened is a fan notorious for pushing the sham, notorious for boasting what she could see on Scott's personal fan page, a fan Scott "accidentally" kept on his facebook, a fan who caused "private" photos of Scott's "personal life" she was storing on her private, secret flickr account to suddenly and (also accidentally) become public at a very coincidental time, abruptly makes a cameo appearance on the only remaining VM forum with any traffic. She drops a fun link, says nothing more, and disappears, and when fans follow the link and nose around, and start using the search engine as they always do - voila! Private life exposed again!! And just like Cassandra's facebook is suddenly poof! - the flickr account also went bye bye. You'd think this fan would learn. Poor thing. Her face must be so red.
Who could have expected that when fans follow a link leading to something the Moir family has made very clear they're VERY interested in and VERY eager to share with the public, fans find a page crawling with remarks from Scott's family and friends, and some from his buddies. Will they stick around to explore?
Is the sky blue? There's more activity there in a week than on Scott's "fan" facebook in two years.
Oh look at Scott's donee list - who is that? BAM!
CoR is this weekend, btw.
They are so instinctively malicious, I don't think they can even tell when they're doing it. This is just like that other time.
That other time being when Scott's personal facebook, with thousands of fans on its list of friends, reached 5,000 (after weeks of working hard to reach 5,000). Scott announces that he's reached his limit and, as he doesn't want to leave anyone out, he's going to "shut this one down" and open a fan facebook. This blog has talked about that many times.
Then he wholesale deletes fans from his personal facebook, doesn't shut it down, and opens a fan page that he ignores.
The fans he selects to keep on his personal facebook aren't shy about letting others know they can still see everything on his facebook. The fans on his fan page mostly get to enjoy links to public stuff they've already linked themselves - hell, some of them uploaded it themselves! So special.
What Scott did was like cancelling a huge party to which you've invited hundreds of people, pleading that you will have another gathering at another time and place. Come the night of the cancelled party, the lights in Scott's home are blazing, the music is thumping, laughter is ringing, and cars are blocking everyone's driveway. Scott even staggers onto the porch to holler at a friend that it's about time this dude showed up for one of Scott's parties! All the neighbors who were disinvited watch this and are like .... :( - but they rally, swallow their disappointment and try to understand. Maybe it's family and friends and Scott had reasons he can't share.
Meanwhile, from time to time one of the party guests stumbles by accident onto their lawn and belches that there's a hell of a party going on at Scott's house.
The disinvited wait for the consolation gathering and Scott forgets all about it.
That's how he handled his facebook/fan facebook transition.
But then the fan facebook becomes too much to manage as well. Okay, he's busy. He's a champion figure skater. He's "unable" to maintain his fan facebook as we deserve, he announces, so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and he's shutting it down.
This is a guy who was unable to keyboard "thank you" all summer - not for CNE, not for jack shit. Not his birthday either.
From appearances, he does shut it down. Cannot his family, his friends - anyone - pitch in to keep it up in even a rudimentary way? Alas, not. They're all busy. However, not to worry: Scott tells us the season is just around the corner so stay tuned to www.virtuemoir.com for updates and new photos.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
The funny part is when I "saved as" this photo, it could be seen that the person who uploaded it to www.virtuemoir.com had named it pic-of-week2.
Okay, this just means they have good intentions, but they're busy. Busy, busy busy. Don't like social media, and busy. Can't come out and say they're just not social media people - better to lead people on and stand them up. That's the nicer way.
Go to the public m'ovember page - the Moirs are having a party there. So are their friends! Their virtual presence is lively, they're back-and-forthing and ha-ha-ing. If you followed the link to that page you'd be all - goodness, look at all these folks, haven't seen them in a long time. What are they up to? Let's look around, since it's all public and everything.
Bazoom! Cassandra Hilborn and Scott Moir limply holding hands (or his hand limply on her wrist - or maybe just his fingers, and could actually be read as him trying to get her to keep her hands to herself.)!!!
So it's not even charity they care about, is it? All this m'ovember shit, what is it about? Is it about the whatever money they've raised (Can't remember the exact amount but it would cover about one of Tessa's dresses so - good fund raising there, Scott! Time well spent!)?
No. They're looking for reasons to sham. The tail is totally wagging the dog now. Let's see - they've used charities, xmas, births, the Olympics, marriages, families. What about deaths? Is that next?
I hope we don't one day see "funerals" added to that roster. Could we put it past them to work a funeral? Even a family funeral? Hell no. Especially a family funeral. Scott's fake girlfriends should probably keep some black dresses in their closet in case something happens to Scott so they can sit next to Alma at the service while Tessa hides in the back with their kid. Or maybe she'll pretend she didn't attend.
Is it because they're so busy, and sham is "business" but the other stuff is just stuff and they have no time?
Is it because they are completely "above" fans, and any type of "equal" interaction, even the sort professionals do where you're the celeb and the fan is the fan and the interaction is pretty much confined to a fan/celeb dynamic - they resent? They refuse to put themselves on the same plane as fans? They always have to have the upper hand - not the upper hand built into the freaking celeb/fan dynamic - hello! But the upper hand as in - never let it be said I extended myself to people unless there was profit in it for me, or points I can score in an immature game I'm playing where I'm in the wrong and pissed off to be called out on it.
These points, too:
- Scott and Tessa will get away with this. The media, even when it reads the blog, doesn't have a lot of the source material to look at anymore (the facebooks, the posts). All the skating media knows and will report is these two kids lied about being platonic, what else is new. So, it will be spun and minimized. Which makes the sham even more of a joke, but not the sort they think it is. It's a joke because the media will handle anything the way Scott and Tessa want it handled, so they never needed the sham on facebook in the first place. They only needed their friends, the media. When it comes out - if it ever does, it will be spun as two kids with the celebrity of rock stars in Canada who needed a protective zone in which to compete and shield themselves from well-intended and overzealous fans. The profiteering, the gaslighting, the exploitation - will go ignored.
- As I've said before, unlike the majority of figure skaters competing, Scott and Tessa can afford to treat fans like shit because they can afford to treat fans like shit. So they choose to treat fans like shit. That's interesting to me. Charlie and Meryl can afford it too, so can the Shibs, and they don't. Tessa and Scott may be interested in business, they may be vaguely interested in helping to popularize figure skating in Canada again, but they don't NEED the good will or the money. I think it's telling when, if someone doesn't have to be decent out of self-interest, they're not. That's what they're showing us, Scott and Tessa and their friends and family.
- But, I don't think the internet is going away. I think this will follow Scott and Tessa as they remain in the public eye in any capacity as their careers/lives go on. I think they will be reminded of it a great deal down the line, not only by fans, but by people within the skating "community" who enable it now but may have different thoughts about it once everyone's careers are done. It's not going to be forgotten by the people who were most affected by it. That's not the media and that's not Scott and Tessa's finances, but it is the fans and it is a whole bunch of people at Skate Canada - and their families - who weren't stars.
Let's once again look at their huge self-involvement. If they'd debuted Carmen at Finlandia, Cassandra's profile picture would have been unveiled some other way in time for Skate Canada. This is like when the dreamy, engagement celebration, Mahler, debuted at Thornhill, Scott and Tessa gave some very couple-sounding interviews, and a few adorable profile videos were released. Once those were out - BAM! Jessica switches out her profile picture to the Dominican and invites us all to gaze at "<3 2009!"
But the Cassandra debut had to wait until after Skate Canada. It's the same pattern. First, fans saw the program. Then Scott and Tessa talking left and right about the progam's essential sexuality. Then Scott saying how Tessa's not too sweet and innocent for Carmen. Let fans get riled up for a good while, then - BAM.
P.S. - as I look at this - just go back and look at the situation vis a vis the behavior, and then look at the gap between their situation and their behavior, I do think they are trying to use the blog as a justification for their b.s. at this point. It's the only place really focused on them. That's why they do things like m'ovember, put Cassandra out there as bait, and as soon as the blog grabs the bait, they disappear and hide the facebook, the donation - IOW - hide the bait, so it appears as if the blog is pro-active, not reactive. Look - this blog is lasered on us! It hunted down Cassandra Holbin's profile shot and it found photos of Scott and Jessica in Mexico!
Well, no. The blog was spoonfed Cassandra, it was spoonfed Scott and Jessica in Mexico, and as soon as the blog grabs it, the source goes and crawls back down the hole. Shut it down! Shut it down! - As if they had nothing to do with the blog grabbing this stuff, as if the entire idea wasn't that the blog grab this stuff.
It's like the blog was a nemesis initially, but now it's like - well, nobody else gives a shit, so let's USE the blog. Let's set it up, funnel things to it, then hide the source! We can always point to an entire BLOG as Exhibit A for why we had to sham!
Happy to help.