Have Reality Shows Gone Too Far? Do The Kids Come First?

Posted on Jul 19 2014 - 12:10pm by Letrice

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Last Sunday was the premiere of “The Housewives of New Jersey” and all day long the excitement was building as many, including myself, couldn’t wait to catch up on seeing some of our favs on the big screen again.  I was totally glued to the television and loved everything I was seeing until it got to the part where Gia was crying her little eyes out about what was taking place in her family. 

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I felt so bad for Gia, to the point of tears but I was LIVID at her parents for putting her through that mess! Not only did her parents, Joe & Teresa Guidice, make selfish decisions that would possibly take them away from their children, they filmed their daughter broken, anxious and worried!

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Disgusting! 

Yes, this is reality TV but when does it become too much? People keep saying “Oh poor Joe and Teresa.” Really? Were they poor Joe and Teresa when they committed fraud? Were they poor Joe and Teresa when they were buying Versace plates? Were they poor Joe and Teresa when they cheated on their taxes? 

Teresa Giudice

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Parents must start thinking more about their children than themselves. And that goes for more than just Joe and Teresa. Look at Apollo. Seriously? Because of his greed, he has to be away from his boys for 8 long years! And I’m livid that people are saying he is only human! Give me that tale the first time and I MIGHT have given him a break but to commit the SAME crime??? #Boygone

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At the end of the day, every decision that we make as parents will and does affect our children, good and bad. When that child comes out of their mother’s womb, her and that father’s job is to love, protect and nurture that child.  From that point on, every decision made should be in the best interest of the child. 

Teresa, Joe, Apollo and HELL Phaedra too, failed their children. That’s right I said FAILED! They are NO different from the woman on the block who got arrested for robbery. Being famous does not give you an exemption. Do the crime, do the time! #FACT

I’m not saying that we as parents are perfect. No way is that even possible. I’m just saying that as a parent, the child must come first. 

Joe, Teresa, Apollo AND Phaedra put themselves first, if not, NONE of them would be leaving their children. And don’t tell me, “Oh Letrice, Phaedra is innocent.” Yeah right! Believe what you want, chile. If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, It’s a DUCK!… #gotothenextpage

Until next week,

Letrice

 

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  • twifan2

    Bottom line is that’s it’s the responsibility of the parents to say whether o not their child(ren) should be on the show. If they are allowed to film, then the parents show say what & when.
    The producers of these(most of them) are in it for the rating$. They’ll try & get whatever they can from ‘families’.
    Just my opinion(s).

    • Chloe

      I agree. I blame the parents not Bravo. People only do what you allow them to do.

      • Reality LuLu

        I blame both.

        • twifan2

          There’s enough ‘blame’ to go around, but seems like not enough common sense or decency. :(.

          • Babson_Chick

            Exactly!!

          • Hey GF! Are you back from your vaca?

          • Babson_Chick

            Yes!! Still alive and kicking – fab place we went to. Now to catch up on the reality world.

          • Awesome!! Glad you’re back. I need a vaca sooo bad.

          • Babson_Chick

            The Inn we went to was built in 1883 and has been enlarged & expanded thru the years. Very tranquil setting on a hill overlooking a large lake with many shops & restaurants within 2 blocks.

          • BOOM!!

        • Truth. Each party holds a degree of culpability.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    This woman is unbelievable. Did someone threaten her life if she didn’t sign a new contract? This is BS! She should be in jail, not exploiting her innocent children on TV. She’s convicted of a felony for lying and stealing millions and still refuses to take responsibility and leave reality TV alone.

  • cait

    Gia needs to know that real crying produces that wet stuff that runs down your face !

    • Missy Michelle

      If we were to ask Gia why is she crying, I bet my house she’d say it’s because what ” all the mean people are doing to her parents”. Nevermind, the acts against society her parents committed but has already learned to project blame on others. I feel sorry they were born into this, I really do, BUT, There’s a huge part of me that doesn’t feel sympathy for what these children may become. Unfortunately, you can already see the traits smack up close! Carbon copies of Teresa’s self serving pathological mind. Do I feel sorry for them, yeah….Do I feel sorry for their ” victims” down the road, oh hell yeah, even MORE so!! I don’t feel sorry for liars, abusers, manipulators ect…. My heart goes straight to the victims….those are the real underdogs and in cases like these, ALL taxpayers are victims in one way or another too, and that’s You and I!!

      • Pinky Pie

        I kind of think that is what Teresa did that ruined her daughters lives. Being raised by a known lying, cheating, delusional criminal means that for the rest of the girls’ lives people will question whether they are telling the truth. As a teacher, I would listen to most complaints, but consider the source. The Guidice name is an untruthful source. I feel like for that reason, those girls may be telling the truth about an event, and no one will believe them.

    • Hi Cait!! *waving*

      LOL! You think she was faking? I’ve heard others say that but it seemed sincere to me. She was genuinely upset.

      • cait

        Hey Doc, when I was that age I could get my brother in a heap of trouble pulling that stunt ! I was good but she’s had acting lessons !

        • Well, if Gia was “acting” for the cameras that makes this shit even worst. If her mother is “that low” to use her child like that. I have no words for the bitch.

  • Chloe

    I have followed the Real Housewives of New Jersey from the start, and this is lowest I’ve ever seen this show sink. Disgusting to watch a family allow cameras to film their hardships for money. Teresa is a criminal and should not be gloried.

  • cait

    Bravo is there to make money and ratings, not as a wet-nurse to the cast !

  • Reality LuLu

    Wonderful article Letrice. I am also appalled that the Giudice kids are allowed to be filmed. Their parents are under a microscope. The have been convicted of committing some serious felonies. They are facing jail time. They have lost a lot of their fan base. Shame on them for trying to get the sympathy vote by exploiting their kids. Shame on Bravo first of all for renewing her contract and second of all for using these kids for ratings. We all know that kids can be relentless in school. I am positive that these kids get teased/ridiculed at times. All because of their parents.

    • Missy Michelle

      LuLu, from what I see, I doubt if the kids in school would dare tease or ridicule these kids. On the contrary, the kids in school may have been the ones being ridiculed, teased and bullied by them with their enormous sense of entitlement and ” I’m the boss/Queen” attitude. Their parents raised them that way.

      • Reality LuLu

        Now you make a good argument there! 🙂

      • Pinky Pie

        I read something like that about these children in blog online. It only makes sense that they mirror their life example (their parents). I’m sure these poor children are a mess. How could they be anything else. The good news is that because of their parents legal situation, the judge may require that the children are helped. Fingers crossed, and prayers said.

  • Missy Michelle

    The Reunion show also pissed me off! All of these extended family members acting as if the big bad bullies were out to get poor Tre and Joe. Are you kidding me! Enablers!!! Not one had the cojones to step up and call a spade a spade. You do bad, you pay the consequences! NJ has been clobbered in the past recent years in having shows portraying ALL NJ peeps as airhead materialistic dum dums. Taxpayers should be livid!! Hit em’ where it hurts to stop it….

  • Poor Poor Joe & Teresa, if you noticed in the premier episode, Frank Giudice says that they “did nothing wrong and now they have many people against them.” I think this man died because of the enormous stress his son and daughter-in-law placed on him. How sad was it to watch that scene too in addition to Gia crying her heart out.

    • Reality LuLu

      Hey Doc. I heard him say that too. The problem is that they are surrounded with “Yes” people. No one will tell them that they should be ashamed for what they’ve done.

      • Hey Lady Lulu (Can I call you that?)

        Exactly! And that right there….”positive reassurance for bad behaviors” is what feeds their criminality and delusional of their wrongdoing. In their eyes, they are perpetual victims of circumstance being attacked because they’re famous.

    • Missy Michelle

      Doc, I just read your Open Letter of 5 months ago again. It gets better each time read…..EXCELLENT!!!!

      • Hi Missy Michelle. Thank you so much. Xoxo

    • Babson_Chick

      continued “dumb ass” mentality – most of us do not live by stealing from others – simple as that.

  • RealitySuxx

    Amen Letrice!!!!

    • Happy Saturday my love. Xoxo

      • RealitySuxx

        ((HUGS)))

  • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

    Great Article!
    Well said, well written and SPOT ON!

    • Ditto on that…..Happy Saturday TTaA! 🙂

  • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

    OH MY,

    Idris Elba is on BBCA “Idris Elba. King of Speed”.

    Gotta go! (12 noon PST)

  • Babson_Chick

    I watch (not as much as before) these shows for entertainment and not to be grossed out or saddened by children crying. Anything for a buck I guess.

    • Exactly. I was watching and saying, look what this show has been reduced to. It’s was VERY disturbing.

      • Babson_Chick

        Truth!! Answered U below. Now getting ready for this Sat. – family starts coming in Thurs – my kids are throwing me a 70th. Birthday party at local co club, DJ, food, drinks – need a driver for sure. Lucky to have such great kids & grands.

        • Wait. What? You’re 70???? You do more and have more energy than I had at 25. God bless you, Babs. You are a phenomenal woman.

          • Babson_Chick

            Almost 70 (on the 30th). Thanks Doc – very nice of you!! 🙂 Due to family coming in from out of state – they’ve having the party this Sat. Everyone will be there except one grandson who leaves on a mission trip to Nicaragua that Sat. Am very blessed with my children and grands!! (and the many nice people who share our love/dislike for reality shows and their own life stories).

          • I would have never guessed based on your commenting style. You’re hip to everything and sharp as a whistle. God bless you and enjoy your awesome family and friends. Xoxo

          • Babson_Chick

            Thanks Doc!! I’m living proof that there is a great life ahead after 2 divorces, raising 3 great kids and retiring from the 9 – 5 rat race!! Am free to move about the country and world – “party on” is my motto.

        • Reality LuLu

          That’s great Babs! I know you will have a wonderful time.

          • Babson_Chick

            Thanks!! Am ready to dance, drink and celebrate with friends & family.

        • cait

          Hope you’re serving Crapellini to your guests and taking CASH only donations ! Else how did you afford your fab vac ! hahaha ! Many happies to you !

          • Babson_Chick

            Lol!!! My kids are handling everything so no worries here!! Working on the next trip with my gentleman friend – thinking about Key West – haven’t been there yet.

          • twifan2

            You’ll LOVE it! 🙂
            Cheers!

          • Babson_Chick

            Hi there twi – have U stayed out of trouble while I was gone?? If not – oh well!! Mostly am watching BB live feeds these days.

          • twifan2

            Who? Moi? Trouble? Nope!
            *runs for cover in case lightening bolts strike* 🙂
            I’m watching true Blood’s final season with tears! :'(
            And drool. ;D“`

          • Babson_Chick

            ***standing back in case of lightening strike*** Am excited to hear that Homeland will be returning!!

          • twifan2

            Oct 5th-I think. I know in Oct tho. 🙂
            *has sprinkle cookies & wine ready for sparkin’ * 😉

          • cait

            After I ran from my marriage, I got together with a great friend, of years, in same situ ! We travelled the world with his band “Manchester Jazz” for years and had a whale of a time ! Sadly ill-health has slowed us down, but after nearly 20 yrs, although not living together, we are still crazy about each other so go GIRL ! Do it for the rest of us !

          • Babson_Chick

            Wow – very similiar situation – have known my friend at least 19 yrs. and he recently retired & wants to travel & that would be me. Neither of us want to marry again & own our houses so have to be careful. Cheers!!

          • cait

            That really touched me, Babs, Tell us all how your party goes !
            Have you thought that you and Big Daddy could do your own show ? Invite Yicki (OC), Cruella (NY) and Dim(of A) and see who sleeps with whom ! Then you can kill them as a crime of passion !

          • Babson_Chick

            The party theme is Motown Music I’m thinking – my daughter designed the invites and it is a record with Motown on it along with the info. I was there when rock and Motown started (all classics) found out I could dance – so never have stopped.
            Interesting idea about inviting those people but “don’t have time for that”!! 🙂

        • Jennymckitty

          Early Happy Birthday. That sounds like so much fun.

  • JustLetrice

    Thanks everyone. I don’t believe for a second gthathat Gia was faking for the cameras. That little girl has dealt with drama within that family for a long time. Just my opinion.

    • Babson_Chick

      I agree and Gia doesn’t need to be treated like a baby – she knows a lot about her parent’s problems. Of course, Teresa doesn’t know how to tell the truth about anything.

      • TartLemon

        Gia has more insight and comprehension than Teresa does about the gravity of the situation. I don’t believe she understands the crimes only that SERIOUS crimes were committed. Teresa cannot explain it to Gia, because Teresa doesn’t understand she’s a fraudster. It’s all Teresa has known of how to do business all her life. If she really had a college degree, she knows why she’s a CONVICTED CRIMINAL.

        • Vince Foster, Jr.

          Isn’t it Wendy’s job to explain the process?

          • Birdie11

            Maybe she’s been told not to waste her breath, and just focus on damage control.

        • Birdie11

          That’s what I think too…she is seriously slow. She has no ability to explain anything…she just knows there were lots of no nos.

        • Pinky Pie

          I realized Teresa was saying she graduated from Berkeley several years ago. I went to UC Berkeley. I can tell you there would be no way she could have gone there, unless it was for lunch:) I looked up where she said she went. I believe it was, at the time, more like a training program that was maybe a year or two long (my impression of what I read.) I corrected a “Tre hugger” who was saying in her comments how smart Teresa was, and I got blasted for it by a group of them. I can tell you that Teresa may have gone to Berkeley College. I believe that now that school offers a 4 year degree, but I don’t think it did when Teresa was there. Regardless of education, Teresa should know exactly what she did illegally and why she is in trouble. Also, to me, the whole Gia crying seemed staged. I believe she is in deep pain, but the scene seemed staged. It looked like Teresa had her phone on speaker. Gia is 13, why wouldn’t she ask her mother questions?

  • TartLemon

    Narcissistic moron Teresa does this to her children. Remember the pain she put Gia through at the birthday party with the song about Uncle Joey? Idiot Teresa kept screeching at her “why ya cryin’? Stop cryin'” Caroline wanted to slap the crap out of Teresa.

    • You nailed it. The woman is clueless to what’s appropriate and what’s not. She lacks shame and empathy so her exploiting her children for a few coins fall inline with her Narcissistic disorder. She’s a sociopath. I recall calling her that on the blogs years ago and the Trehuggers scratching my eyes out. LOL! Now look how the tables have turned.

      • cait

        I did ask, on here, if Bravo do a psych eval on these people. However, over here, the idiots on Big Brother get extensive evals yet when they’re on the show, you can tell a lot of them have severe mental probs ! These evals are just for show !

        • At least they do that over there, not here. I wish they did but they don’t. It seems like Bravo recruits these people from the crazy house.

          • cait

            On the celeb version, after evaluation, TV presenter went into meltdown soon after start and had a mental breakdown ! She had just had an awful marriage break up ‘cos he turned out to be a sleaze, yet there she was !

        • Reality LuLu

          That’s a really good question. It should be a requirement along with background checks.

    • cait

      That song was a plant, if ever ! I wanted to puke all the way through ! The screeching was the icing on the pile of crap !

  • NJFan

    My heart broke for Gia last week. It seemed like she cried through the entire episode, and it is clear that child is hurting. Her mother may be in denial, but I think Gia is well aware of what the future may hold. God bless her.

    Bravo will film and air whatever they can in the name of ratings. And the Guidice situation is ratings gold for Bravo – remember that the premiere was scheduled for just a few days after the original sentencing date, and every promo that I have seen has been all about the Guidices. The Guidices should not expect any sensitivity from Bravo. They are not naïve, they know this.

    The responsibility for protecting these children rest with their parents. Teresa talks a good game – about how important family and her girls are – how about removing them from the circus that she and Joe have created so that they can at least cry in private?

    As parents, if they have to remove the kids from the house when the cameras arrive, they should be doing that, regardless of what, if any contracts are in place for the children. What’s Bravo going to do? Sue them? Good luck with that.

    • Reality LuLu

      Well I think that Bravo THOUGHT it would be ratings gold but the ratings were dismal for the premier.

    • TartLemon

      Bravo had to be allowed by Teresa and Joe to include the minor children. I blame the parents for selling out the kids.

  • cait

    What do we know about the Gorga family ? Their treatment of Joey concerns me and they sound one Vodka & Tonic (mmmmmm!) short of a Vodka & Tonic (mmmmmm)

    • Babson_Chick

      LOL. Read that they’re moving back into their old mcmansion – guess no one with “real” money would buy it

      • cait

        Meant the parents !

        • Babson_Chick

          ok – wasn’t sure

          • cait

            And me was not clear ! Where’s our invites our Bab ? Will photies with you be $25 in used notes ?

          • Babson_Chick

            Sorry but daughter-in-charge has given final count to caterer. Next time??!! Also this daughter worked in London for a month & wants to go back so hope I can tag along.

          • cait

            London is busy, dusty and horrible ! So unfriendly ! Try Manchester, Lake District, Derbyshire et al !

          • Babson_Chick

            Hope to visit several places. I attended a lecture at local college here – Brit Prof who is working on a newer dig near Stonehedge – he was fabulous.

          • check your email.

          • I have family living in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s beautiful there and their accents make me smile/giggle.

          • twifan2

            Oh I love London. People were friendly for the most part to me. 🙂
            BUT I loved Selby, Surry too.

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            I drove in London for the first time last year. I only hit about 20 curbs.

          • WestCoastFeed

            But how many kerbs did you hit?

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            That was Iraq and I hit 14 kurds

          • twifan2

            I was terrified to drive over there, but I did. Drove into the heart of London! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Manchester, are you kidding me. It is a hell hole. I was there last summer and I had to step over past out drunks on the sidewalk.

      • Trippinhhard

        Hey Blondie — I’m in your home state in my little piece of heaven—awww the sound, smell, ocean and the waves—I’m falling in love again… Awwww
        Nothing like Florida and I’ve been to most of all the states. But Florida is special. No TV — had to borrow a phone, to transfer my home # to for an emergency.. But I still don’t want so phone. Stealing wfive from the neighbor. Life is good.

    • Trippinhhard

      Nothing but the lies they told about the house, their wealth —just them
      They best live in that home and hope that his business improves— if not he’s going to be broke — but there has never been a whisper, than he’s cheating the government and defrauding everyone they owe.. Joey as a contractor will always have small law suits — but his sister case is epic and he’s never been portrayed in that light— he a simple, crazy, happy, in love, family man with flaws like anyone.

      • WestCoastFeed

        She means the elder Gorgas. What I know is that Kathy’s parents sponsored him when he immigrated, taught him the shoe repair business and later sold him his own shoe repair shop. We learned that there was an old dispute over that repair shop sale and the Kathy’s father felt that old Mr Gorga never paid the full asked for price and was short like $100 or so. The family argued and did not speak to each other for years.

        • Trippinhhard

          I’m sorry, beat me later, ok.
          That story happen a lot in the old days, when a handshake was the bank, you made payments to the owner of whatever, then u received your product or you get the product and make payments. U still owe 200.00 or less the owner had won your loyalty, so he signs over whatever product, with that same handshake to pay the balance. When that don’t happen, it’s NEVER about the small amount not paid, it’s the principal that you not only cheated me, JOW u don’t speak and ur allowing friends n associates blame me..that’s was the jest of the family drama. PRIDE is a sob

          • You said it right. Pride is a SOB and destroys family bonds.

          • Birdie11

            It destroys individuals too…all perspective can be lost.

          • Trippinhhard

            ITA—the word itself tell u how not to let it control you. We all have to have it—but let it control us or to control others. JS

          • Very true.

          • Trippinhhard

            It still does —but my husband does not loan MONEY to anyone–he did once and was never repaid. It also destroyed a 10yr friendship— he wouldn’t loan his own sisters money or sign his name on a loan — now me I do but I know who will not pay me back. So in my eyes it’s all a win win for all. Money loans and family don’t mix….IMO

          • Preach!!!

  • Trippinhhard

    No it hasn’t —if the death and and hanging of Russell —didn’t change anything, in fact it’s worse—these ppl decided to put their personal lives on TV for a small price, compared to an actor or actress—-hence reality TV replaced scripted shows. They became overnight stars to millions of us—-they have decided that the money, they make is more important than their personal issues—-well paid actors/actors can stop and take time to heal, therapy, decompress from the pressure, they have real money saved.., but RT stars spend the money they make on theme selves and whatever to keep up a certain image. So I’m not watching kids breakdown (that’s too real n we know it’s real bec her parents are rotten crooks) and they are going to jail. But that’s a deal with the devil, they made—so the parents are responsible..
    so if y’all don’t like it —post about it—it’s too late to change the recorded show, but the reunion will be EPIC.., IMO

  • cait

    It’s 21:25 over here, BST, so well out of sync when y’all say good morning ! ‘nother question ? From US TV I’ve seen, the Thick Tree accent sounds Bad Bronx ! Makes J.Judy sound sophisticated ! Thought NJ had a softer accent ?

    • Babson_Chick

      Good evening!! We only get to watch the tacky NJ people!!

      • cait

        My beloved NJ Aunt calls me once in a while to ask me if I’m going to Mass ! Whaddya do ? Lie and say yes, so going to hell ! OR tell the truth and get an hour’s earbashing about going to hell ! I’m 61yrs ! Don’t need this ! By the way, she has a lovely, soft NJ accent !

        • Babson_Chick

          LOL!! Know where you’re coming from as I’m going to church & dinner with my mom in the am (she’s 91). Never have heard a soft nice NJ accent – as I said we only get to watch the tacky ones. Nice normal people wouldn’t want to join up.

          • cait

            Could be Auntie’s Irish accent softened her Bronnxxie tone !

    • TartLemon

      Teresa goes out of her way to sound NJ. Actually, they all try their hardest to sound like ‘The Sopranos’ goon squad version pronouncing words like English is a second language. I always cringe when Teresa screeches stuff like ‘That’s so BeauTful’.

      • Vince Foster, Jr.

        Because she is from Paterson

        • Birdie11

          Do they screech and squeal there? Or just the goon accent?

          • Vince Foster, Jr.

            Goon.

  • Birdie11

    PREACH IT Letrice!!

  • jane

    Excellent article!!! I am appalled that the Giudice legal issues will be front and center of the show with the children being filmed and being exposed to all the world at their most vulnerable. Imagine what those girls are facing with their “friends”! We all know kids are cruel. Gia has admitted to being bullied because of the show. Disgusting parenting. .. absolutely disgusting. Those two have done NOTHING and continue to do NOTHING to protect their children. The very children who should have been their number one priority in the first place but never were.

  • TartLemon

    I have a lot of sympathy for Gia. Her scenes of crying were not contrived. Made me despise Teresa even more.

    • Trippinhhard

      That broke my heart, and mix not watching the crying scenes and kids in agony—their pain is so real and raw, I don’t want to see that. But if that was Teresa crying, I will be laughing—got nothing for her at all—natta ——Juicy I feel some empathy for him, but he’s still a crook, thief and liar, but he’s been remorseful for years—he showed that he was Dick of his wife over the top parties, when they both knew how dire their financial photo folio was. Value $$$0.09 debt $$13 million… The pressure alone would be too much for me and my simple ass…

  • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

    Let’s just see…well actually the rest of you will have to tell me, since I won’t watch Bravo now.
    Anyway, see if Bravo changes the episodes of RHWNJ to see if they edit out the Giudice kids. From what I can tell, most people who watched the program are pretty much enraged that Bravo put Gia up front and center being so emotional affected by what her parents are putting all of those kids through.
    Bravo doesn’t need to capitalize on the emotional distress of the children. It’s Bravo’s freakin’ choice to do that. And the Bravo folks are complete A$$wipes if they continue to do it!
    The Giudice’s are money grubbing parents who are complete scum for being on this program AT ALL. I get they need the money, now. But it’s gawd awful greed that is probably one of the major reasons that created these legal problems from the Get Go!
    Convicted Felons! I wish they would just go AWAY already!

    • TartLemon

      I reiterate, Bravo can ask but the scumbag CONVICTED CRIMINAL parents had to sign the release. It’s Teresa and Juicy who are responsible.

      • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

        Yes, you are correct. You and I are actually on the same page, but….
        Bravo has the power here.
        Bravo can edit and present any footage they want to on that show. Knowing that Bravo has emotionally distressing footage that is available to be broadcast is the Bravo production staff’s prerogative to actually show OR not show.
        Just like with the Porsha/Kenya physical fight they had that choice as well. They could have held that back, but didn’t.

        It is not JUST the Giudice’s responsibility here.

        • TartLemon

          It’s reality TV. Not overtly scripted or news. Bravo shows as much as allowed by the participants. Teresa/Joe endorsed it. Teresa wants to be granted dispensation by the courts because of her Family life, and most likely was warned about the ramifications by those who can see the whole picture, but, no, Teresa knows best. She’s always thought so even when creating and signing the fraudulent documents.

          • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

            I see your points.
            But do you really think that either Teresa or anybody else (for that matter) that has been taped into a “reality show”, has any kind of decision making abilities for what is finally aired on the televised program?
            Of course, Teresa wants to get the least amount of negative responsibility and press for what she and her ratbag husband did, which would hopefully translate to the easiest sentencing possible. And, also she has at least some degree of care for her children regardless of how little they both thought about what they were doing illegally and how it would ultimately affect the “family”.
            But Teresa’s your basic self centered, self concerned, self promoting gasbag. She obviously, didn’t give a slugs care about how this would effect not only her kids BUT how the rest of the world would think of her.
            I still contend that the behavior of those two is just too low to mention anymore.

          • Trippinhhard

            I get exactly what you’re saying, I haven’t watch NJ since Dina left—but it’s Teresa who allow Gia to be involved in too many adult situation.. Teresa actually makes me ill, she really don’t care what Gia is going thru —when she let her sing that song and sob on TV —I could have knocked her out cold. If that judge gives any example from thus train wreck show she’s on, saying she saw a change in Teresa… I’m actually going to start sending emails to the judge that sentence her, the media, newspaper, radio, sitting on my sick butt—but I’m going to let them know—we honest working stiffs are sick of crooks getting away with murder (just an analogy) … STEALING, TAX EVASIONS, BANK FRAUD, MAIL FRAUD, STEALING N MORE STEALING AND NOT PAYING anyone, but still living large. Give me a break, that’s what wrong with America now—everyone wants to be rich—it’s not for us all to be equal—that just will never happen—so crooks and damn fools, stop dreaming and scheming.. Work ur way up like regular ppl do. The sense of accomplishment is so good, when you earn it the hard way. SMH

          • cait

            Sorry, gut the Pond Scum Union have lodged an objection ! See you in court !

        • Pinky Pie

          I agree with you, but I think this whole scene was contrived to make everyone see how Teresa isn’t afraid, and she seems to have a stupid grin on her face, as if to say, “I already told you, you silly girl nothing is going to happen, this is a scene for the show. It would have been so easy for Teresa to tell Melissa she would have to call her back, as she was cooking dinner. When Melissa started to talk about the legal outcome of the day, teresa could have easily used preparing dinner as an excuse not to have time to talk. Then, when the camera pans on Gia’s face, it looks like she has a wide smile that sits and waits until she can bring on the tears, which we never saw. Then, the wide smile returns. I did think Gia really was crying in Joe’s arms, and that was sad and personal and it should not have been shown on TV. Everything was to contrived, the lighting, camera angles the timing of the phone call, which was information (support) that should have been delivered in person not via a phone call. At one point Teresa is actually faces Gia as she speaks to Melissa. It is sad what they are doing to Gia, but I don’t think her mother realized how angry most of the viewers were. Teresa had an arm of nasty fans that would attack people if they didn’t like their comments. Communist rule free speech was dead when it came to Teresa. Now her TreFans are dying down, and we finally get to speak. I’m sure she is in shock over hownstrongly we feel about her crimes and what kind of punishment teresa and Joe deserve

  • Vince Foster, Jr.

    Trehuggers are starting to attack Andy

    https://twitter.com/justthefactsnj/status/490661230164848640

    • WestCoastFeed

      Poor Tre Huggers. Everything that Teresa brings upon herself they see as being someone else’s fault.

      • It’s easier for them to blame others for her legal situation. That makes more sense than blaming the person responsible.

  • Bonita Gee

    Okay , Okay I hear what ya’ll saying about he ”innocent” kids being effected………….. But eeerrrr uuuumm…… I’M WAY MORE CONCERNED about the FOSTER PARENTS OF Theresa ‘s kids…
    We gonna bow our heads and have a prayer and moment of silence for them RIGHT NOW…….. Aaaaaaaaaahhhh!! Heeee heee!! …….
    Okay , go ahead…….. be mad at me. But I speak the truth. We’ll see how sweet and sobby these kids are when they get LET LOOSE on these Foster people…….

    Oh and by the by… has anyone been watching Life With Latoya …… it’s funny, some comedy relief when it comes to “Reality Shows” ….. Sooooooo staged and scripted!

    • Missy Michelle

      Unfortunately, I agree, I also think it was staged. It’s to Bravo’s convenience that Teresa stay outta prison. RHONJ will fade away without there main character that we all love to hate, and they know it! They are very much complicite in trying to influence the public and specifically the JUDGE! That’s all this whole charade is….

  • Pinky Pie

    It seems like this whole scene was staged. Teresa’s phone was on speaker for Gia to hear. Camera lighting and angles perfectly set on her face. Gia appeared to smile very big, than cry. We didn’t see tears. But, real scene or not, it should not have been on TV. Shame on Bravo and Teresa.

    • Jennymckitty

      Pinky, you are absolutely correct. Bravo staged that scene to “catch the viewers up” with what happened after they stopped filming last season. The footage that the Gorga’s were watching was taped. Gia was intentionally shown in that scene. Either Teresa and Wendy wanted to show the world how this was effecting the children or Bravo asked for her to be there. That angered me more than anything else. Gia did not need to be used like this.

      • Pinky Pie

        I don’t think a good mother would have allowed it. I’m sure Gia is upset by the uncertainty of Teresa and Joe’s legal status. I also think Gia is being given a huge reassurance that Teresa won’t be going on “vacation.” Gia did seem to be crying when Joe was hugging her. That “hugging” scene looked real, but it was probably staged too. I think she knows Joe is going on “vacation.” So, my question arises again, does anyone think Teresa already knows the outcome of her sentencing? She sure seems confident for someone that hasn’t been sentenced yet.