Don’t laugh…yet, I’m trying to be serious here! For the moment at least. I want to use this opportunity to take us back to the moment we were first introduced to Teresa Giudice; it was May 12, 2009. The opening “fluff” line for Teresa was, ” People make fun of Jersey girls, but I think their just jealous.” That word, “jealous,” is going to be a word used often by Teresa over the next 4 years, you could make a case that it’s been abused by Teresa….oh wait, I’ll make that case in this blog!
Before we get into the weeds, I’m going to present you the definitions of three words that will play a role in this piece later. Those words are; Pretentious, Sociopath, and Narcissist.
1. Pretentious: making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing)
2. Sociopath: a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is anti-social, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
3. Narcissist: A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
Now, back to that fateful Spring day in 2009, when we first fell under the spell of Teresa Guidice, yes, I know you may find this hard to believe now, but she had me wrapped around her little eye-Talian pinky finger back then. I was a sucker, but I wasn’t a Kool-Aid drinker, oops…. sorry… a Fabulini drinker!
In the very first 2 minutes of the series premiere, we see a very flat chested Teresa Giudice shopping for swimsuits with Caroline and Dina Manzo. During this little shopping spree, the conversation revolves around Tre’s “bubbies” and that she is considering getting breast implants…. Tre says, and I quote, “I’m not fake. I don’t try to be someone I’m not.” (Typing that made me L.O.L.) Three Minutes into the show we see Tre and Jac furniture shopping for Tre’s “NEW” home. She spends $120,360, which took care of 3 rooms. We are led to believe that she paid for all of it in cash, she said, “I hear the economy is crashing, so that’s why I pay cash.” We are then introduced to her “new” McMansion, Chateau De Joo Dice. I was repulsed and in awe of this home at the same time. It was as if the Jolly Green Giant had consumed massive amounts of granite, onyx, marble, gold lief, and crystals then proceeded to take a gigantic shit on this plot of land in The New Jerusalem. Teresa explains to us that she couldn’t stand looking at used homes because she just “skeeves looking at other people’s used houses.” Tre emphasizes this point even further by saying, “I don’t want to live in someone else’s house, that’s just gross.” We see Joe Giudice, her husband, working in the house. It’s only been 4 years, but Joe looks about 15 years younger then…. My, what a toll this show has taken on him…… Later, at the reunion, when Andy asked Teresa about paying cash for everything, she tells us, the viewers, that she and her husband don’t believe in credit or debt and that they pay everything in cash.
Let’s fast forward to Sunday September 30, 2012. We now know that Teresa didn’t pay cash for her furniture, she just made a deposit. We know that her house wasn’t new; it was in fact, a remodel. We also know that she and her husband are 11 million dollars in debt. She and her husband also attempted to file for bankruptcy to avoid paying the debt they had created with their opulent lifestyle. That bankruptcy proceeding was found to be riddled with fraud and perjury. We know that her husband likes to drink and drive, a crime that kills….. Not just injures, but kills an average of 10,000 people a year in the United States. We also know that much of the income they make comes from rental properties they own, and we found out that they shut off the utilities at an apartment building they owned in the middle of the winter, they also installed faulty equipment in this building that created dangerous levels of carbon monoxide… levels that were deadly. Not only did they try to freeze their renters to death, they almost poisoned them to death! Tre huggers will try to absolve Teresa from responsibility, blaming it on her husband, but Tre spent that rent money they were getting every month to maintain her “fabuliciousness.”
I left out the part about when her spell began to wear off on me… That happened toward the end of season 2. Her robotic like viciousness directed at Danielle rubbed me the wrong way. Officially, my opinion changed at the season 2 reunion. Andy asked her if she was responsible for the fight with Danielle, at the infamous Posche Fashion Show, Teresa looked shocked, denied any responsibility…. it was all Daniel’s fault in her little brain. The shine and the glitter were gone……. I realized, we the viewers, were dealing with either a mild sociopath, or a mild narcissist, little did I know how serious her personality disorder was at that moment.
Back to the present. Teresa is now embroiled in a new controversy… a controversy that she is 100% responsible for… the attempted set up of her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga. I’m not even going to get into the details of this, at this point; anyone who believes otherwise is drunk on fabulini. Teresa, like always, denies everything and is floating theories in every direction, so convoluted, that she is beginning to sound absolutely insane. Once again, it’s everyone else’s fault… not Saint Teresa!
So what’s up with Tre? What happened to that Jersey girl we all loved and “were jealous” of? The answer… Nothing happened to her… she’s the same person… but the smoke and mirrors are now gone… we see her for who she was and is… the real Teresa Giudice. Her character flaws aren’t normal…it’s not that she is just pretentious. It’s not that she doesn’t wash her hands after peeing, or that she tells a little fib from time to time….It’s not that she embellishes the truth just a tad to paint herself in a better light ….Teresa Giudice’s character flaws are of epic proportion. Her entire life is a complete charade, an 11 million dollar charade. It’s not that she just spends too much money, money that she doesn’t have…. It’s how she and her husband have attempted to enrich their lives while endangering the lives of others. It’s how she has zero ability to recognize her wrong doing, and zero ability to acknowledge what is written in black and white, and documented on national television. She has the audacity to tell us to not believe our eyes or our ears, “everything is fine, we did nothing wrong, everyone is just JEALOUS of us, We’re just like everyone else in the country who are struggling in this economy, She tries to copy me, It was just a joke, I write my own blogs even though I don’t know the meaning of the words I use in my blogs or how to spell them, I didn’t set anyone up, they tried to set me up, I don’t know him, I don’t know her, those photos of us partying together mean nothing, how dare Anderson Cooper try to reason with me and get me to accept responsibility for my actions…(one more time) Everyone’s just jealous of me.”
I’m not convinced that Teresa Giudice is a sociopath… It’s obvious that she is a clinical narcissist. (Here’s a link explaining how to recognize a narcissist http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/howto.html ) Is she a bad person? I guess that depends….the people she owes money to; the people she tried to set up, the people she and her husband left in the cold and almost poisoned would probably say “Yes, she’s a bad person!” The people who have a detachment from reality, and who view her as a victim or the underdog all see a halo around her head…. I guess drinking all that fabulini causes one to hallucinate. Now let me verbally slap them back into reality… Underdogs don’t have the ability to rack up 11 million dollars in debt and then try to get away without paying it…. Victims aren’t landlords who shut off the utilities of, and almost poison, lower-income folks in the middle of winter….. Put down the fabulini, turn off the Television… take a walk, read a book, get out in the sunshine and stop putting reality stars on the altar next to Jeebus H. Keerist.
As Susan Powter would say… Stop The Fucking Insanity!
When you break it all down… What’s the difference Between Teresa Giudice and Taylor Armstrong? Really, what’s the difference? They both hate puppies (unless there’s a camera around) They both gleefully participated in the bankrupting of their families. They are both overly obsessed with appearances. Both of their husbands have not been able to deal with the spotlight, or their financial collapse… Taylor’s husband to the point of suicide, Teresa’s husband to the point of spiraling out of control to the point he endangers the lives of others and himself, and who is most likely going to end up in prison for a year…. So again, what’s the difference between them? Nothing that I can think of…. oh wait, yes,… there is one thing…. the lips.
Update: this is a link to the bankruptcy court records and findings.