Until then, these observations: Meryl Davis fans on fsu were bright-siding Charlie's departure by saying at least now they don't have to split their votes. Right, because they weren't voting for only Meryl this entire time. What they mean is, "At least now I can vote for only Meryl with a clear conscience." and "Charlie would want me to vote for Meryl. Even when he was still on the show, you know he'd have wanted us voting for Meryl."
They think he's Scott Moir with this. Along those lines, one of the reasons Charlie didn't get enough votes was that he was unable to form the white hot, seething chemistry with his partner that Meryl enjoys with Maks, that Meryl enjoys with him, and with every other man who crosses Meryl's path. Charlie, poor thing, just doesn't work with anyone but Meryl.
I guess we kind of already knew that Davis White's following was actually a following for Meryl And The Guy Who Validates Her, but now it's confirmed. To be fair, for quite a long time, fsu's VM fans seemed to really be fans of Scott Moir and Whatever Girl Helps Him Get Gold, if It's Tessa, Okay, Even Though Her Style Is too White Bread, But We Have Other Candidates if Tessa's Shins Don't Improve. Many of those VM fans did later came to appreciate Tessa as a skating talent in her own right, even if it took something as out-of-its mind brilliant as Carmen to achieve this realization. It shouldn't have taken Carmen.
That's my DWTS two cents until I look at the actual dances. For now, it seems that St. Louis Rams draftee Michael Sam is doing a reality show, and writer Drew Magary of deadspin.com says this:
They can call it a "documentary" series even though it's a dirty little secret that even acclaimed documentary filmmakers will coach subjects and have them do multiple takes. They can do all that and it still won't scrub away the fact that reality shows are fucking beat and no one worth a shit bothers to do them.My only quibble is "dirty little secret." It's not a secret.
This isn't a football issue, or even a matter of distraction. This is me just saying that a reality show is always a transparent and pathetic exercise in self-branding.
Here's the killer quote, the core reason VM and their sham suck:
He is another packaged product being sold to us at heavy markup—commodified smarm at best, and at worst something downright cynical, something that leverages real emotions in service of a marketing strategy. No one wants to find out that Lou Gehrig's farewell speech was copywritten by a dude at Pfizer.Virtue and Moir leverage their chemistry in service of their agenda, which encompasses more than their marketing strategy, but includes their marketing strategy. Their chemistry derives from the real, private, intimate connection which exists between them in every form in which intimacy is understood, that is the foundation of their relationship, marriage, and family. Who has that kind of authentic connection with somebody, and monetizes it? Who'd corrupt it? It's tempting fate, it's not showing appreciation for how rare it is, how valuable, and, of course, I don't mean marketplace valuable. Assessing it as a commodity degrades its intrinsic value. Scott and Tessa, the man and woman who share this connection, also stand apart from it, evaluate it as a commodity, then deploy it as product and brand extensions.They're prostituting the core of who they are.* That's the reason the conduct of the sham is grotesque.
Of course their chemistry is a component of what they do on the ice. But we're not talking about on the ice.
what reality shows really are
Anybody who watched Virtue and Moir's reality show, Tessa and Scott, should click that link and read that article. Magary's summation of what reality shows are is fact. Nobody is obliged to share his low opinion or negative judgment, but nobody should delude themselves that reality shows are anything other than what he describes.
Remember that Tessa and Scott took their reality show a step further. Michael Sam, after all, is not pretending not to be gay in his reality show. He's not pretending he's actually a tennis player. But what Tessa and Scott have in common with him and other reality show stars is this:
It does him no favors to be part of this, but here we are anyway, and everything feels just a little icky. Our first openly gay player in the NFL is a total abstraction, a commercial for himself, an actor named Michael Sam playing the role of "Michael Sam" on The Michael Sam Show.I also liked this:
Now that Sam has a reality show, can anyone believe with 100 percent confidence that the kiss he shared with his boyfriend on camera last Saturday was a real and true moment? They probably had a dress rehearsal. Sam was probably standing on a taped X to make sure he hit his markIf Tessa and Scott actually had followed VM as they prepared for the Sochi Olympics, that would have been a project worth doing, and worth watching. That's not what we got.
Finally, turning to another subject: I believe Tessa Virtue is pregnant again, mostly because I know she was pregnant last time, and I haven't gone blind since then.
I don't *know* that she's pregnant again, but in future, and until further notice, whenever I refer to Xygot Moir, that is my considered opinion, not "know for a fact." Here's the disclaimer now, because I'm not going to repeat it every time it's mentioned, which I don't expect will be often.This blog is not about "let's find out everything we can about Virtue and Moir's private life." Since inception, the blog has told two true things about Scott and Tessa.They're married, and they're parents.The blog has chronicled and examined their behavior with fans, their marketing and their manipulation, with these facts in mind.
However, I do look with interest upon some of the comments that outright mock the idea that Tessa could be pregnant again.The mindset seems to be that married with one child is okay, but it's ludicrous to believe they'd get pregnant again while following the precise template they used last time.**
A lot of Virtue Moir fans invent lines and boundaries in their heads, then expect Virtue and Moir to operate inside them. Nope. It's only in your heads. I'd take a look at the past lines and boundaries fans (including me) made up in their heads about Virtue and Moir, and consider how Virtue and Moir merrily blew past every one of them. One might even say flaunted how they blew past them, seeing as the reality show tipped us off to how closely Virtue and Moir monitor the theories and assumptions of their online fans.There's been little correlation between many of our assumptions about Virtue and Moir, and what Virtue and Moir actually do.
Not being pregnant doesn't make them a little less married, and a little less parents to the child they already have. A second pregnancy doesn't exponentially compound their lies, making Virtue and Moir even harder to take.They're already massive liars.
Fans' ability to digest what Virtue and Moir do seems to occur by degrees. Okay, they're in a relationship - but not married. Okay - married! But not parents. Married and parents - but not pregnant again. It seems to come from the same unexamined instincts that made people perceive Scott/Jessica as an actual triangle with Tessa in some respects, even as they accepted it was a sham.
Of course they'd have a second kid. And a third kid. At this stage of their lies, my own personal line and boundary, made up completely in my head out of thin air, has come to this: funerals. If either of them died, the survivor would no longer publicly pretend he or she hadn't been married to the one that's gone.
I made it up. I can't imagine they'd pretend any longer if that happened. But just because I/we can't imagine it, doesn't mean they wouldn't go there.
*Most professional or Olympic-level athletes are also brands.The Shibutanis are also a brand. Look at what the Shibs do and what Virtue and Moir do.The Shibutanis aren't prostitutes.If you have sex for money, you're a prostitute. If you take something intimate and private - not pretend intimate and private, but actually intimate and private, and brand it and sell it while it remains who you are in you're private life, you've just whored that out.
**Same way that accepting that Scott would ickily act out on social media with one sham girlfriend is easy enough, but taking on a successor sham girlfriend and ickily acting out on social media with V.2? No. It was so obviously against the grain the first time, they'd never authorize a sequel.