Was it field day or feud day on this past episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey? Don’t you just love reading the women’s blogs, hearing what they have to say, knowing all the things they know now? Those talking head interviews can be really biting, and it’s never easy to hear a supposed friend talking smack about you. That said, can we please talk about Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo’s sportsmanship intervention with G-to-the-ia? I am not going to comment on the spunky Miss Gia (as I think it’s incredibly unacceptable and disgusting to see how some bloggers and commenters bash these kids who never asked to be growing up on television in the first place), but I will ask, do you think Jacqueline went to far in disciplining her friend’s child? Jacqueline addresses the situation in her Bravo blog:
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This day was supposed to be about fun and I didn’t want Gia feeling upset like that. I went in after her to get her to snap out of it and come back outside to join everyone. I was trying to be funny at first and tried to make her laugh to change her mood, but she told me to go away. I tried to explain that everybody was just being silly and having fun, but she continued to say rude things to me, Caroline, and my friend’s son. I kept calm and I told her that if she wanted her mom , she was outside and she should get up to go get her. I really didn’t want her sitting alone in the basement pouting all day with the cameras on her. I didn’t want to bother Teresa at first, because she was outside having fun, or so it seemed, filming with her family. I eventually did tell my friend’s son to go out and get Teresa, which is why she eventually came in, at her own leisure, to see what was wrong. In the meantime, I decided to read her the book, Being a Bad Sport by Joy Berry, a Help Me Be Good book series. YES, FOR GODSAKES, ANOTHER BOOK DRAMA! I thought the book might make sense to her, and that it would get her to understand the emotions she was feeling. I thought it might also give her a different way to handle the situation and the feelings she was having. It’s good to be competitive, but it’s also important to be a good sport.
I realized shortly after Gia ran up the stairs to get away from me that I may have overstepped my boundaries as a best friend/honorary aunt. I felt horrible instantly. I apologized many, many times. As familiar as we were with each other, like family, it really wasn’t my place to teach Gia a lesson. I still feel horrible about it to this very day…I learned to never cross that line again. That doesn’t take away the fact that Gia was extremely rude and disrespectful to me in my home, and I hope that at some point Teresa had a talk with her about that.
After seeing the things that Teresa Guidice had to say about her daughter Ashley’s rebellious ways and how perhaps her behavior is a product of Jacqueline’s parenting, it’s game on for Jacq. It seems to be that all of the ladies have become masterminds at the passive aggressive blog post. Teresa may even be the queen of it! Regardless, Jacqueline manages to get in some digs at Tre while showing (faux?) sympathy for Gia.
I feel sorry for her. Maybe Gia reacts the ways she does because of the way Teresa handles her (or doesn’t). Teresa should pay closer attention to the way Gia is already speaking to her parents and other adults at the early age of 10, because I recognize some of that behavior and Teresa may have a long, hard road ahead of her. She still has four girls to raise, so she should be careful what she insinuates about other people’s parenting. Good luck with that.
Youch (that’s my yikes/ouch hybrid)! You know Teresa isn’t going to let this slide.
Teresa A source tells RadarOnline.com,“There is huge fallout from Jacqueline’s mean blog. Teresa wants Jacqueline to stop attacking her daughter. She is furious that Jacqueline has dragged Gia into this nasty fight and is especially pissed that Jacqueline’s Twitter followers are viciously attacking her little girl.”
The insider continues, “Teresa doesn’t care if people attack her all they want but they crossed the line when they attack her daughter. She’s only 10 years old! She doesn’t want her daughter to be thrown into this mix…It is wrong to bully a little girl. Teresa has no problem putting her children on camera, but she doesn’t think adults should be mean to her. Teresa thinks that everyone is jealous of her and they’re stooping so low that they take it out on her kids. She hates that people are trying to hurt her daughter.”
A monitor for Gia’s twitter page (does she really need to tweet at 10? Who am I kidding? I totally follow her and think she’s adorbs) posted, “Ppl taking time to bash a child on the internet need to step back and re-evaluate their lives & own human decency before judging and acting.” I totes agree with that!
Teresa, of course, addressed the ordeal in her own blog. While I said before she was the queen of passive aggressive posts (see the first four pages of this week’s blog if you don’t believe me), I don’t think she could be anymore sincere when discussing having to watch Jacqueline’s interactions with her daughter.
I had no idea what Caroline and Jacqueline were doing to her. Extremely, extremely not OK. Kids get upset, I don’t think you have to follow them around, corner them, get in their face, and make them feel worse. Did you see Gia’s poor face? Saying “no one had ever done that to her before”? As Gia’s mother, it really broke my heart to watch that, and it was wrong. It wasn’t them trying to help, they were belittling her and making her feel terrible about herself, and I don’t think she was disrespectful. She didn’t run away or slap them or call them dirty names. She sat there and cried and begged them to get her mom. And the fact that they wouldn’t go find me is really upsetting.
Sooo…whose side are you on? Me, I’m on G-to-the-ia’s side all the way. Ten-year-old girls get emotional, they throw tantrums, they carry on and cry. However, Gia’s behavior doesn’t even touch on how horrible the women have behaved, so she’s got that going for her!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACQ AND TRE’S BLOG BATTLE? WAS JACQUELINE WRONG IN HOW SHE APPROACHED GIA?