Canadians are near, and twitter says:
But first, here's one part of Scott and Tessa's Canadians preparation:
Looky there with the "you two" in the comments section.
Before focusing on double games, we've all noticed that Scott and Tessa's sham approach has been modified to protect themselves and their child from any (further) future distress stemming from daddy and mommy cuddling up to other men and women all over the internet. Look at that latest up there - it's swimsuit weather and Scott even has a shirt on.
Still, this is all going be FUN for the kid as it is, just based on what's out there already.
The above remark might be in a none-of-our-business category except for the fact that Scott and Tessa extol family values and talk about their familial relationships. So I believe it's fine for an observer to comment on the potential distress these two role models* are going to cause a little one in the future. EVERY kid is unsettled by this stuff; that's a given. It doesn't matter if mommy is okay with what daddy is doing (or even if it was mommy's idea), or vice versa.
For example - I was viewing a popular DIY blog the other day where the husband of the DIY couple had a doppelganger present at a book signing. The husband reported that the doppelganger's daughter was distressed by photos of the couple that decorated the signing table because at first glance she thought it was daddy and wondered what daddy was doing with "that lady." "Daddy" wasn't doing anything but smiling at the camera - no pda - but it still created that funny feeling in the pit of her stomach, that insecurity in the child.
I also know that the children of actors can be traumatized when they see their mother or father in even the most G-rated scene with a love interest - even if it's live and on stage and they know it's pretend. I've been told first hand, and I've read accounts from children of well known performers (for example, the children of the old time movie and theatre star Margaret Sullavan have said this). It's universal. No matter how secure everything is at home and between the parents, it doesn't make the child feel safe.
So I'm sure Scott and Tessa's child is going to be fine with the photos of Daddy kissing Jessica Dube and seeming to roll half-naked with her in the sand, Jessica Dube publicly extolling Scott as a boyfriend, and now Scott posing arm in arm or cheesily in suggestive circumstances with Cassandra up there. No worries. The kid will use context clues like a pro. Whatever mommy and daddy say will make it okay. Everyone at Skate Canada has the ability to control others' visceral responses with just words. They learned from Debbi Wilkes.
Failing that, Tessa can always refer to one of her psychology textbooks. I'm sure it's all very healthy.
Still, the new sham style is Scott and Tessa all over. Is screwing over the fans possibly creating a distasteful situation for themselves down the line? How can we protect ourselves and still fuck with the fans?
I know, keep to the platonic mantra in the legitimate media, and rely on that context to encourage the interpretation that otherwise innocuous photos like the one above are "Scott and his girlfriend." Don't do literal boyfriend/girlfriend photos anymore. Platonic in media, Scott in vicinity of the same girl in a variety of locations and times on social media - the fans will do the math, but without the fan context, the photos are meaningless (unlike the Jessica/Scott photos). Or maybe they want to minimize just how assy they were - maybe they want to rebuild their nice kids image and not keep re-domonstrating their gratuitous douchebaggery quite so conspicuously. It could reflect badly on them with people who count somewhere down the line. (There has to be self-interest in it somewhere.)
Scott and Tessa are all about having it both ways.
And they continue to work it and mind fuck the fans in the legitimate media as well. The short dance? Eh, the original story they came up with was too complicated, so now it's just based on themselves, they say. Two people in love and enjoying themselves, shares Tessa blithely. It's the writer of the piece tasked with the caveat: "based on their long relationship as partners".
It's okay cause that Cassandra thingie up there is in the hopper, ready to go. Fans can just WTF with what Scott and Tessa say, as usual, nothing new there.
I do think it's interesting that it's reached such a state that some of their most credulous fans have become cynical about everything out of Scott and Tessa's mouth, and every photo that pops up on social media.
Okay, that's done for the moment. I now want to go back to the idea of preparing for a home town competition. For years home competitions have been where Scott and Tessa have ramped it up past overkill. Jessica in the stands. Holiday spam in facebook. Planning committee meetings.War games. Platoons of locals recruited to Team Sham. All mixed in with Scott and Tessa baiting fans with the potential of their off-ice relationship. Why? After all, it's home. Half the people in the stands know them.
So is that the reason? Could this be for people who know them, not for the fans?
Here's why I'm wondering. Fans can be managed but people who know them - it gets sticky. We don't want anyone thinking Scott and Tessa are too good for the half million people they number among their personal friends and family members. We don't want people thinking Scott and Tessa don't appreciate or have forgotten where they came from. But come competition time, t's hard to sneak in and out of town. Everybody knows you're "home".
Here's what I'm getting at. We can see that Scott and Tessa have used family and friends to manipulate the fans. But have they used the idea of "fans" to manipulate family and friends? After all, they have kept this going to past the point of absurdity. They look like asses. The sham is its own reason for existing at this point. There's no constructive purpose, fan wise. The rationale behind the barrier it creates is contradicted by a lot of what Scott and Tessa do and say. But it keeps on. Yes, ass covering, face saving, and spite are part of it. But what else?
Do they, for their home town communities, want to create the impression of big stars who need a dense barrier between themselves and the general public? Redirect friends and family from wanting facetime or access with Scott and Tessa and instead send them into sham enabling? Use the fan situation as an additional reason Scott and Tessa don't have a lot of time to spend?
If, when Scott and Tessa are home, they convince their friends and (very extended) family that they have so so so much to manage - not just the skating, but the pressure of fan interest, they can use the fan "situation" to shut out the people who want a piece of them. Oh, the fan situation - they can't. They have to practice, they need the bubble, and they can't really get together because of it.
Is the barrier for fans, or do Scott and Tessa just say it's for fans but it's evolved into a pretext to get some breathing distance from people they know? The Cassandra photo is ridiculous. Scott and Tessa don't need to sham for fans in fucking
But if Scott and Tessa wave the "We need protection from fans!" flag prior to the competition, it could deter some of the gazillion requests and messages they get, and their family gets, for some of their time.
That's why the twitter links "prepare for double dose" was inadvertantly on point. So much preparation by Scott and Tessa when they skate anywhere near their beloved home town communities.The fans there must be so much more rabid than in other parts of Canada. Or maybe it's something else.
Could Scott and Tessa be hypocritical when they get teary about the wonders of London, Ilderton and Windsor? Especially Ilderton, the community that created the unspoiled, genuine kids Scott and Tessa grew up to become? That heart-thump gesture Scott does.The falling over himself about it being his favorite place in the world? After all, they've verbalized similar gratitude and love for Canadian fans. They've talked of Canadian fans as a value add to their career. "All of Canada on the ice with us." But their behavior shows their real opinion of fans. Scott laid it on thick on his fan facebook and regular facebook in what he said to fans, while his actions were meanspirited, inconsiderate and incredibly insensitive. He'd express everlasting gratitude in legitimate, public formats. On social media he'd work their feelings then stick in the shiv. So he's very practiced in hypocrisy. So's Tessa - nobody is as poised lying through her teeth as that girl. She can even bring tears to her eyes, she's so moved by her own lies.
So do Scott and Tessa really love their friends and family from the home town communities from which they hail? They say they do. But we know what their words are worth.
It would be ironic if some of the friends and acquaintances who so enthusiastically jumped in to help Scott and Tessa fuck over stupid fans were also being diverted, manipulated and played by Scott and Tessa, in the interest of what they want most - to be left alone without owning that they want to be left alone, without being mature about it. They are professional hypocrites. It's like a cheating spouse. They'll never do it to you? Think again. Hypocrisy is their go to. What they say can never be trusted. Sincerity is a persona for them, not a character trait.
*I still love much of what these role models have done. Q. Say, why is Jessica Dube holding a newborn Quinn Moir? A. So the lie will convince more people!
For people who are all about the boundaries they have none - everything is fair game when it's time to dish out the bullshit. The vulgarity has been breathtaking. Behind it is a freakish yet petty competitive zeal that doesn't know when to grow up. It's a self-obsession that believes if there IS a boundary to the sham, people might notice and conclude the wrong things. It's self-dealing - there are no boundaries in the vulgarity and disrespect with which they'll treat people behind closed doors (a/k/a social media). In legit media, where they want to be shiny and sweet, butter wouldn't melt in their mouths. (This is why I respect Tanith and Evan. Tanith Belbin didn't run one situation on social media and a different one in the legitimate media. She was the same with both. There was no "This is good enough for fans but I certainly don't want to be tarnished by it. I don't want to deal with it down the line. I just want fans to choke on it NOW.")