and, with it, embed the videos that show how much Tessa and Scott are lying about the rift. I mean, they are lying HUGE about the rift, but what's in the public domain, let alone what's actually the truth, all by itself shows how much they're lying.
Meantime, a few remarks: according to what I've read of the interview, they now say they may have sent the occasional text, which is an upgrade from what Tessa emphatically said in this interview:
Q: In your book, you say you stopped communicating for a few months after the 2008 surgery. Do you mean you literally didn’t speak?
TV: We didn’t even send text messages. Isn’t that weird? This time, we’ve been diligently talking every single day.
"We didn't even send text messages" means "We texted."
"We're platonic" means "We're married parents."
^ "All the time that she was ailing and she was doing her rehab, they worked every day in Tessa's apartment on little things like the lifts - they put the music on, they play with the expression, they did everything imaginable to try to be in really good shape while she got the legs working again. So it wasn't - I mean when they were off, they weren't just off, they were continuously working.
And they had a very wise way of training when they came back."
Marijane Strong (and by that, Strong means they may have texted).Relationship to truth, hell. Relationship to language.
This is all under the marketing umbrella, it seems. A world where words don't need to mean what they mean.
Brain trusts, these two are not.
More interesting, and I'll have to watch the interview in full to find out how much more interesting, is the way they say that their relationship is a marketing tool.
I find their - and Debbi's - idea of "marketing" interesting. Always have. It's indistinguishable from lying.
Marketing, just like "business", is an umbrella term that for them, legitimizes lying. WHERE DO THEY GET THAT? It's a convenient rationale, but it is not rooted in anything real about marketing or pr. Although maybe it's time to research the marketing program in Michigan in the 1970s and find out what they were teaching back then. Debbi has an undergrad degree from that era.
Marketing and pr is editing, it's focus, it's selective emphasis, it's positioning - it's not fucking fraud. Any time in entertainment it has actually been fraud - such as when it turns out a singing group is doing no singing at all, for example, that group blows up and its career is destroyed. Or when someone turns out to be exactly the opposite of how they market themselves, there's a meltdown.
There are degrees of truth shading - truth shading - not throwing the truth out the window and making something up whole in its place.
So let's say this story they tell about themselves and can't keep straight - is a marketing tool. What are they marketing? This is a very specific story. They're intimate, they're as close as close can be, but they're platonic. That's what they're selling. What are they selling? I can't work it out. Is it selling tickets to competitions? No. Is it raising television ratings for skating competitions? No. Is marketing themselves this way helping to sell Lindt chocolate?
It's not moving that Roots gear off the shelves.
If a specific story you're telling about yourself is a self-described marketing tool, what's the product they're selling? Virtue Moir Perfume?
I think it simply means this is the version of themselves they're giving to the public. Period. Not to sell tickets to shows or competitions, not to move units of Lindt, not to raise television ratings or sell anything but themselves. They have basically decided that life is as legitimate a performance as a program, and they are telling us that this is the version of themselves they've decided to tell the public about, and there's no need for it to relate to the truth, because it's marketing.
I think they've totally screwed the pooch for other Canadian athletes in the public eye. Lowered the bar til where we need to dig a trench to even find it. Since they think that appearing in public "as themselves", off ice, is no different than creating characters on ice, the question can be asked of every athlete out there if they have the same philosophy that what they say to news outlets and entertainment media outlets and what they say while representing a sponsor or brand can be completely made up. And it would certainly be something I'd ask the Moir skating business about anything they had to say about their skating business. It's marketing - it can be a complete lie. They've divorced what they say from what is true, and I don't think that's a good move for anyone in business. Many people have enabled them who are also in the public eye, which suggests they think this choice is valid. That's going to be good to keep in mind when these people tell us other stuff.
P.S. - if this were a few years ago, before the full extent of Scott and Tessa's unyielding dedication to the sham had revealed itself, it might be tempting to view this interview as a baby step, heading towards this type of progression:
2010: We didn't talk or even text the entire time.
2013: We may have texted some.
later 2013: When Scott and I would talk, I didn't share the full extent of my fears.
early 2014: We were living together, but it was a stressful time.
P.P.S. I'm taking my own baby steps getting through this Strombo video and it's not helped that right out of the gate Tessa's Canada Day answer is mortifying. There's canned and there's inane. She's crossed over.
Also love how Scott tried to semi-walk back the rift story, first by joking they let Tessa away from the rink for a couple of weeks, then saying they didn't talk for about a month (he cut the official version in half right there) - the exact sort of jokey remarks one would make about a rift so painful it brought tears to your eyes when you first talked about it 3 years ago. Scott's efforts were bootless as Tessa seized on "abandoned" and drove that sucker into the ground, making equivalencies and building new framing devices. All the while she's talking about her abandonment, she's talking about the guy who was in bed beside her nearly every night the entire time.
I wonder if Tessa kicks into auto-pilot - if that's her defense mechanism, a la when a mistake happens on the ice (Skate Canada 2009) - when shady topics come up. The Canada Day answer was purely inane. The "abandonment" speech was a word shield. She kept talking and talking until she killed the question. Who'd want to follow up on that?
Tessa in the middle of her 2008 recovery
|John Labatt Center Colitis Foundation|
Event, London, Ontario, November 19, 2008
a/k/a Scott texting Tessa from Michigan
while Tessa feels really abandoned