Would any of us mock a blind or paralyzed young person? We need to get off of Ashley Holmes’ back.
We met her Season 1 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, when, because of the time lapse between production and the airing of the first episodes, she was only 17 years old. I’m sure her mother Jacqueline Laurita did not know the implications of letting children, particularly teenagers, appear on Reality TV. She probably never read a message board or blog during Seasons 1 and 2 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, when many of us witnesses how Jeana Keough and especially Lauri Waring’s children were put through the wringer for their behavior. Not to mention Lynne Curtin’s daughters, Alexa and Raquel.
During Season 1, Ashley seemed like your normal, lazy, resentful 17 year old. But there were signs even then of a deeper problem.
Ashley, while not performing well in school, also had obvious self-esteem issues. Was she not performing well because she wouldn’t, or couldn’t? Many children are never diagnosed as special needs in school, especially those with mild forms. Even then, some parents refuse to believe it, and blame the school. Remember, when Jacqueline and Chris first married, they lived in Caroline’s house, with all that implies.
As Jacqueline was trying to fit in with the Manzo/Laurita clan, hold on to her “pot of gold” and give birth to CJ, what was happening with Ashley? Good question.
Fast forward a few years, here they are on Reality TV. Ashley has been involved in many incidents, some unseen, including the pulling of Danielle Staub’s hair during Season 3, for which she was charged with assault. What did Mama Caroline Manzo say? “She was defending her family”. Always a mixed message for Ashley.
Then there’s this: Jonathan Cheban Denies Ashley Holmes Rumor. He used her for publicity.
So, last week EOnline publishes this:
Sending Jacqueline into a tailspin:
I’m thinking I’d like 2 go back 2 being a normal family.I miss those days.I’d like us all to focus on positive things & positive people.
@eonline U have no idea what hurt you’ve caused.That article was vile!Ashlee has made a lot of positive
The first twitter message caused a rumor that Jacqueline had a six year contract (none of them on any franchise has anything more than a year-to-year contract) and would not return. They have already begun production of Season 4, at most, she could possibly leave mid-season.
Yes, it is Jacqueline’s fault. Did she realize this would happen? No. She can also be faulted for allowing Ashley to come back this season, but Jacqueline was probably talked into by Bravo because she has no storyline without Ashley.
Famewhoredom takes over every time.
Ashley left her father’s home in Texas yesterday to move to Los Angeles. Whether or not the money to move came from the insurance money Matt and Jodie Holmes got when they allegedly burned down their house June 6 is unknown.
During the week, Ashley has received vile tweets that I won’t recreate here. In light of the Russell Armstrong suicide, some restraint would be a good thing.
Yes, I’m looking in the mirror.