Davis White's Kelloggs spot. As with most Olympic promotionals, second-hand embarrassment swamps the viewer like a load of toxic off-gas. Whether it's Virtue and Moir and their moms suddenly discovering they were really, really upset not to be on the 2006 Olympic team, and, retroactively, could hardly watch the event because they thought they should be there, and didn't even know if there would ever be a chance to go to another one, or this, Meryl and Charlie's great love sponsored by Kelloggs, it's enough to make you choke on your morning cereal.
Back in March 2012, the blog approvingly reported that Meryl said this:
But I think people respect and appreciate Charlie and my relationship, and we would never want to pretend it was something else.”*That was then. Now all bets are off, baby.
That's closer than they get on the ice.
Greater love hath no live-in girlfriend than Tanith has demonstrated in the commentating booth shilling their deep soul connection, and then steering clear of Charlie's twitter on his birthday.** If he and Meryl have discovered true passion for each other, Tanith, a true patriot, will step aside.
IMO, here is the problem with the profound depths of the man/woman bond that has newly flourished between Meryl and Charlie.
This is something the public decides; it can't be foisted upon them as a fait accompli. It's like Poirier and Gilles constantly telling us how much personality they've got. That's not how it's done.
So I don't know about Davis and White's mania for ticking off every box.
Next we come to Patrick Chan:
Patrick and Karen break up
Patrick has dumped his mother, Karen. They remain good friends who wish each other the best. However, the relationship as it was had lasted past its sell by point, and, at age 22, Patrick felt it was time to be a big boy. Karen is coping by traveling in Europe (what happened to all that money the Chans didn't have?).
That's it. Patrick hasn't selected a new mom from among the ranks of his connections in Detroit.
Quotes that probably don't apply to Virtue and Moir:
“It was really hard for her. If it was her choice, she would definitely want to live with me. I had to draw the line.”
Words cannot express how much I LOVE that Patrick Chan is the exact opposite of Moir and Virtue. Do I really need to know the stuff he just shared? I do not. But I find it hilarious that he's a big deal, a World Champion, that Skate Canada was encouraging fans to throw their underwear on the ice in support (talk about off-gas, thank God Skate Canada wasn't really able to make that become a thing. Just post some signs around the arena saying "Patrick is straight and women find him attractive" and the same agenda is accomplished while keeping things hygenic.), and he's telling the world if his mother had her way, she'd live with him, but it was time to draw that line.
I don't think Moirville wants to live with Scott and Tessa, just crawl into bed with them from time to time, or maybe set up cameras in their home a la the Truman Show.
This quote does seem as if it could relate to Virtue and Moir.
“I think any mother, especially with an only child and an only son as a child, it’s very tough for them to let go, especially my mom who has played a huge role in my career,” Chan said, emphasizing ‘huge.’What is it about figure skating? You never really hear a hockey player talking about how mom has played a HUGE role in their career, washing their jerseys (I think the team laundry does that though - or am I assuming?), cleaning their skates, maintaining stat sheets, pestering the coach to put him or her in more. Maybe in middle school. In their twenties?
Mainly Patrick thinks being his own man is key to the run up to the Olympics. His mother may not be coping well, but his dad was at Skate Canada. His dad, apparently, is able to watch Patrick skate despite not being involved in Patrick's skating, or overly involved in his life.
It's amazing how this sort of boundary is a key transitional marker for young athletes.
Meantime, Scott and Tessa.
As is being discussed in a comments section lower down, Scott is out there talking about how this documentary is the realest and the most authentic. Except for the part where it's a lie, because he and Tessa are married and have a daughter nearly three years old, and in this production he and Tessa pretend to be platonic partners who struggle with their connection, "blow off steam" (oh please no), with "family and friends", and make sure each other's hypothetical love interests treat them well.
So IOW they're lower than the Kardashians. The Kardashians aren't pretending they're not related; they're not pretending they have different parents or siblings than they actually do have. They mostly manufacture drama for the cameras. Even from the previews we've seen with Tessa's meticulous make-up, shellacked hair and "you could be a stylist!" wardrobe and their glitzed out pool party outings and charming circa 1963 carnival strolling that it's the same thing with them, only more so. Where the hell does Scott get off side swiping the Kardashians?*** How is he better? Is the Olympic gold some magical cleansing agent?
That said, the spectacular skaters don't spend a ton of their away-from-the-rink time together.Plymouth/Canton Sports News, Ed Wright, 2009
"Free time? What's that?" Davis joked, smiling. "We'll hang out together during the off-season, but -- and I know Charlie would agree with this -- it's not like when I do have some free time, I'm thinking, 'Geez, I wish I could spend some more time with Charlie."
White nodded, smiling.
**Everybody knows it's not a real boyfriend if you don't express your love on social media.
***His snotting at the Kardashians is rich. If somebody waved Kardashian money at him and Tessa - or the ISC Bursary Fund - he'd have sex with Cassandra Hilborn on closed circuit television.
P.S. - Ayi yi that CP24 breakfast interview/product plug (Virtue Moir) was very embarrassing. When did it become a thing to directly embed a product plug in an interview? Promote your show or talk about how you're now designing your own line of dancewear or whatever, FINE, but to be sponsored by somebody and then have the interview say - what is your hair regimen? and you recite the product name and brand is really really really icky. That goes right in there with Meryl and Charlie tweeting about the Kelloggs products churning down their esophagi. But at least that's twitter. This is why the Olympics can be disgusting. A little sports squeezed in with a landslide of shilling.
Scott tried to bury his plug "for panTEEN" (he swallowed the first syllable and dragged out the second) and then jumped into a topic angle change, but we all saw what he did there. You can run but you can't hide.