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May 222012

I was unable to write about Episode 5 of the R of New Jersey yesterday because I’m trying for a level of objectivity here, but DAMN.

Episode 5 was a perfect example of why children should be kept off these shows. What has happened on the message boards and twitter was much worse than the Lauri Waring/ Josh Waring/ debacle after Season 1 of the , when message boards were forced to change the way they do business because of the criticisms leveled at underage children. Because of the level of insanity targeting her children, , George’s ex-wife, would not let her minor children be shown on Season 3, and has suffered for it every since.

I taught elementary school for 30 years. In that time, I’ve seen the way children and their relationships to adults has changed. Not touting myself as an expert, but I’ve seen plenty, especially since the advent of Facebook and Twitter.

It was wrong of Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita to corner an upset Gia Giudice like that, instead of just leaving her alone.  The 16 year old girl temper tantrum of yesterday is the 11 year old tantrum of today.  How dare they not get the girl’s mother and leave that child alone?

We truly get that hates because her precious “children” were held by police in Punta Cana during a brawl in January 2011.  The filming of Episode 5 was late June/ early July, 2011, just to keep things in perspective.

But Teresa’s kids should be off limits … Caroline, along with the passive-aggressive ,  basically ganged up on a little girl … after the games, they assumed what was going on with Gia, without asking. In every episode , beginning with the Season 3 ,  Caroline stated she was never really friends with Teresa.  So, doesn’t that mean you leave the child of your enemy alone, and go get her mother, as requested?  Did Caroline know Teresa had been slated for Celebrity Apprentice by this time, not her or her boring ass Albie?  HMMM…….


Gia should not have sassed Caroline and Jacqueline. Children as savvy as Gia do know, from years of handling non-evolved grandparents, a drunken stupid father, teachers, an absent mother and three sisters, that sometimes you don’t say anything. But she knows they hate her mother, so even though she can’t articulate it, she knew they had an agenda.

Jacqueline and the book? No wonder Ashley Holmes has turned out like she has. By the way, rumor has it she is back in Las Vegas with her relatives, having run out of money in Los Angeles.

Teresa comes in and Caroline lies and says “I’m telling her you are having fun with Uncle Joe “ Then when Gia tells the truth, she lies again,  by saying  no one was reprimanding her.  Caroline then tells  Teresa she said “let’s go out on the deck and get Mommy” That was a lie.

The jury is still out on Teresa’s kids but spare me from either Caroline or Jacqueline giving parental advice given the loathsome specimens they have spawned. Prince , and are just lazy famewhores living on Bravo TV’s dime.  And Ashley Holmes? Please.

Why call out Caroline? Because she doesn’t explain, she pontificates. In the meantime:

  • Boys are perfect no matter how they look, but girls must be thin? Greggy Bennett’s only role on the show is to pick on Lauren.
  • Caroline and her revisionist history. Before her lap-band surgery between Season 2 and 3, Caroline was quite over-weight for her height.

DINA MANZO’S WEDDING…check out Caroline’s weight

Why are so many so-called adults calling out Gia personally, attacking an 11 year old who has no choice ?  Too vicious for me, but predictable. Not saying Teresa doesn’t share blame, Gia should not be on twitter.

The largest share of the blame goes to Bravo TV and .  They know the harm caused by featuring minor children on screen, do they care? Hell to the no.  They  inadvertently attacked Gia on Watch What Happens, Live!  with that stupid poll.

Does this season just get uglier and uglier?  Looks like it. I stopped watching and blogging about Basketball Wives after Season 1, the same could happen here.

  22 Responses to “History Repeats: Kids Are Off Limits On Reality TV”


    I don’t care if you were the mother Theresa of parenting, DO NOT PARENT MY F N KID…DO NOT. I learned that the hard way, a friend’s child was crying and throwing a tantrum, and i was about to raise my voice at him, and friend said *made a stop hand gesture* and said JD PLEASE STOP…and i KNEW that was my cue to leave the situation. Bozo the REDHAIRCLOWN and Passive Aqgressive Jackie should have NEVER scold that child like that, if she was crying for her mother, let her or get her FREAKING mother…NO ONE SHOULD TAKE PARENTING ADVICE FROM THE LAURITAS/MANZOS….unless you want spoiled brats and demanding assholes….At least The Giudices children have a chance, but Manzos and Lauritas are already F UP


    I’m sure I’ll get jumped on for this, but I don’t respond to people’s comments anyway so I’ll just say what I want to about this. While not a Caroline fan at all, she has annoyed me since Season 1, I don’t think what she or Jac did was terrible. Gia is only ten, but she clearly has some lessons to learn when it comes to respecting adults. It’s obvious she doesn’t know her place and and that she needs be respectful in someone else’s home, regardless of how she feels about them. That said, she is a kid, and a not very well brought up kid at that. I do believe she is a product of her environment that way. If Teresa is going to be so touchy about people calling out her child’s behavior, she needs to guide and manage her better. I don’t feel Jac or even Caroline was out of line on this, but apparently I’m in the minority. I have sympathy toward Gia–I see serious anger and agression in all of Teresa’s kids, really. It does make you wonder what goes on in their life off camera. However, her behavior was inappropriate. I would love to not see anymore kids on these shows anyway. I don’t think it’s good for them, and frankly they are boring most of the time anyway. I think kids should be allowed to just be kids and not have their lives exposed just because their parents are famewhores.


      I agree with you, Lucy. I heard some of the backlash before I watched and when I saw the show I didn’t see the big deal.


      Your opinion is always welcome here, Lucy


      I agree. I don’t see anything wrong with the book or any of it. It’s a blessing to have more than your parents teach you lessons – especially about bad behavior. I had more than my mom, and I thank them all to this day. Unfortunately for Teresa, Gia’s an angel compared to that Milania. Good Lord! As for the kids on tv, I also agree. The little ones shouldn’t be on because, 1. It’s not good for them, 2. It’s boring and 3. We all become armchair parents.


    Grammy, Andy read a twitter of Jacs that she tweeted just as the show was ending, most people talking to her on twitter were telling her she did nothing wrong..

    I personally think no one on the show last night covered themself in glory except for maybe Kathy Wakile, who just calmly got on the floor with Gia and told her everything was going to be ok..

    At least Jac copped to feeling bad and felt she crossed a line, Caroline didnt, and Teresa doesnt seem to feel there is anything wrong with involving her 10 year old in adult problems (part of why gia melted down)..


    While there’s plenty of blame to go around in this circumstance I agree with you that:
    “…The largest share of the blame goes to Bravo TV and Andy Cohen…”


    You are right on the money. Can Gia be bratty at times? Sure. That is no excuse for how Caroline and Jac acted. Those two are far from being ideal parents. They totally ganged up on Gia out of jealousy or dislike of Teresa.

    I cannot stand Greggy Bennett. He is so pointless. I wish he and the biring, dorky Manzo clan would leave the show.


    Jac was acting like a teenager who was excited to finally have enough authority to boss around a 10 year old.

    Since WE all know the crap Gia has seen and heard and is currently dealing with, this “acting out” was tame, and Jac and Caroline know even more than we do–they should be way more sympathetic to what’s going in that little girl’s life. My heart goes out to Gia, and I really worry about what she deals with when she goes to school after episodes like this air.

    ASHLEE is a joke, and I can say that because she’s a 21 year old woman, not a child. She wrote a blog post updating everyone about her life, and it’s as hysterically ridiculous as Ashlee/Ashley herself. She assures us that she has finally grown up…but it didn’t happen until 6 months ago. Sure it did. She also claims that her unpaid blogging internship turned into a paying job…I doubt that, especially since she NEVER blogs and when she does, she puts about 2 minutes of thought/effort into her post.


    It boggles my mind that the poll showed they didn’t do wrong in harassing that child. I cannot believe the poll was real., especially since Andy read an email from Jacq. halfway thru the show where she said she thanked so many people for supporting her but she felt bad about it. How did she know how many people supported her. Andy looked confused when he read it, like “uh oh”. You will never convince me that poll wasn’t rigged.


    Very well said. I can’t believe the nerve of Caroline! She basically shamed Gia and made the child even more upset. If Caroline and Teresa “were never friends” Caroline has absolutely no right to discipline Teresa’s daughter.

    Instead of Wendy Williams insinuating there is an icenstuous relationship between Joe Gorga and Teresa, she should focus on Caroline’s unhealthy adoration of her sons.


      FYI – Shaming and guilt are the main tenant of discipline and coercion with Italians. Italians are masters at it. The older they are (and closer to the old country), the more it is used. What was on this ep was nothing.


    I second that!….Caroline practically slit Danielle (the crazy a$$) Staub’s throat in season 2 for attacking Caroline’s children and Ashley, but its perfectly ok for her to attack an 11 yr. old little girl who is seriously going through a rough time with all of her parents crap and starting puberty in front of cameras. at least when Danielle attacked Carolines children they were “GROWN” children as she states. so compared to Caroline I have to say that Danielle comes off looking like a SAINT LOL….now who is the thug?!


    SO well said, Sharon! I agree with every single word!

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