The "Toddler Moir" post chews Moirville's ass, while nailing Scott to the cross. The post blamed Scott to the extent that he can't say no to Moirville, but most of the shots are at Moirville:
|All Moirville's fault!|
Poor, poor Soctt.
I've also said that the sham photos show us things we don't want to be seeing, but that we can't avoid seeing.
Not what's in the photos, but what the photos suggest about the dynamics of the people behind the photos, especially when someone is aware of Scott and Tessa's actual status as married parents. Those dynamics are unpleasant.
I've decided to lift up the rock and look at what else might be crawling under there. How fangurl am I being with this, for instance? I was bashing Scott, sure, but for martrying/victimizing himself to the "real" villains - Moirville.
That does strike me now as fangurly. He is, as I've said enough times, 26 years old (in a few days). A big boy.
He's absolutely in love with Tessa, it's true, whom he's been with forever. Faithful to Tessa - we can see that even in the strictly observed boundaries of the sham photos:
|The Rule of the Dolphin|
He's never kissed a sham girlfriend on social media with any more enthusiasm then he's using on that dolphin up there. And I don't think he's cheating on Tessa with that dolphin.
However, Scott doesn't progress to dolphin until he's been shamming over a year. And being in love with and faithful to Tessa doesn't preclude other dynamics in play.
It kind of comes off like the reason Scott holds back at first is because he and she don't know each other too well and he's not all that comfortable. But once he's warmed up, he decides he should be kissing them on the lips in these photos.
If it's that important for the sham, he'd muster up straight away. It's all performance, after all. Instead it's like once he's used to the girl, he steps up his game because he figures he's owed some perks.
He's been with the same girl (Tessa) a long time. In the kissy shots, he certainly is scrupulously flaunting his observance of boundaries - look at those chaste arms, the chaste posture, the chaste fish lips - so much so one might wonder what's the point, actually. It's almost like he's playing chicken there. Or a little protesty too much.
I.e., - Look what I'm doing! It's totally inside the ISU's own rules!
He does like to push the envelope on ice - why not off.
Scott IS a semantics guy. And math was his favorite subject in school. It just seems a little too "letter" of the law and not so much with the spirit, and he knows it.
The chronology of both shams does make one wonder. When things started with Jessica she's Bryce's girl, not the greatest English-speaker, the face slash heroine, etc. etc. and one imagines posing a la bf/gf is a little awkward.
A year later it's old hat and boring and what's in it for Scott? How about kicking it up a notch?
Here's what I'm thinking.
The sham with Jessica starts out like this:
|Dube Family wedding summer 2008.|
and a year later, we're here.
|One of three dolphin kisses in a single|
photo op. The things Scott does for the sham.
The actual kisses are no big deal, and in fact that's kind of the point - if they're no big deal, why bother with them? If they're no big deal, why wait to start kissing until you get to know the girl a little more?
If you wait til you get comfortable and only then start acting like it's important to be kissing, it starts looking like something else.
They're not a big deal for the sham but if you look at it from a really obvious angle it looks like it's a perk Scott wants once he's settled in and sure of his footing.
Shamming at weddings, concerts, holidays, group outings and vacations - so boring and he goes through it every year. A guy should get something out of it, even if just for his ego. And it's kind of Scott-clever with the way he's doing it - kissing the girl while signaling all things he's NOT doing at the same time.
A little having it both ways action.
|Now that he's settled in.|
Why shouldn't he get something out of this?