Threading through the mean streets of The Big Apple are apparently a whole different set of streets – tunnels perhaps that burrow under the Upper East Side spreading delusions. It's apparently where Aviva Drescher gets her information and her point of view.
After getting on national TV to essentially slander Carole Radziwill's successful career, Aviva continues to do so in her Bravo blog. And she has a very interesting take on this week's episode of Real Housewives of New York.
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Aviva begins, "this is a stupid fight. It's not about any of the important things that people fight about — religion, politics, sex, money, eyeglass frames — it's about ghostwriters."
"Carole thinks I had one/I think Carole had one. That's it. And as I said last week, I don't care if Carole had one — or a hundred," Aviva insists. "But it was — or could have been — one of those fun Real Housewifey fights." Aviva reveals how SHE thinks the flippant, stupid fight of insulting someone's entire professional legacy should go:
Well, you did too!
You're a liar!
You're a phony!
That's not nice!
You hurt my feelings!
I'm so sorry!
I don't accept your apology!
I don’t accept yours!
I'm even sorrier!
I'm even apologizier!
If this is any indication of Aviva's writing skills, than she definitely used a ghostwriter.
"Instead, it escalated to the physical (Carole pushing me in the face — not a nice thing to do to a girl on a staircase — even a two legged girl) and new lows in insults," Aviva continues. "OK, maybe not a new low. Last year one of the housewives did call two of the others "white trash" — but still pretty low. Anyway, Carole did call me a 'nothing.' That's something, don’t you agree?"
Aviva is particularly insulted that Carole said that homemaking is not a career. I agree – homemaking is really, really hard and it was not a fair assignation against stay-at-home-mothers.
Here's Aviva's thoughts: "Worse, I think, is that she followed it up with 'who never worked outside the house.' 'A nothing who never worked outside the house.' Really, Carole? Leaving aside for a moment that it’s not true (when dealing with Carole it’s often necessary to leave aside for the moment that it’s not true), it’s insulting to every woman and man who works inside the house – whether they’re real housewives (as opposed to REAL HOUSEWIVES), mothers, domestic workers, telecommuters, business operators, editors, or . . . hang on . . . wait . . . it’s coming . . . WRITERS!
"Some writers work at home. What a concept," Aviva adds. "But then, in Carole’s mind, they’re not real writers. Where did Carole do the 20 or 30 years of journalism that led to her two books and real writerdom — in Starbucks? That's what I call keeping it real."
Aviva concludes by repeating that Carole did not write her book alone. "You know what, Carole, if you want to continue fighting with me, fine. We get it. You're injured because I asked you if you had help on your book. Everyone knows it. You've spoken about it, written about it, and even sent your surrogate Heather [Thomson] to go around carrying the torch of your persecution. Who knew you were so touchy? But I was the one who asked you. Me. Only me. Don't take it out on the millions who work inside the home, or the many who consider themselves writers simply because they write."
Does anyone else think Aviva doesn't actually know what an "editor" is and that she doesn't understand the difference between an "editor" or a "ghostwriter" or is she just pretending to be semantically confused in order to besmirch Carole's reputation? Frankly, I'm confused. Hand me a pinot.
My two cents: I think Aviva is feeling insecure about her book and wants to be taken seriously. She has previously expressed how much she admired Carole's work, and now all of the sudden is essentially saying Carole didn't do her own work? It doesn't make sense. Clearly, she feels like Carole was dismissive of her attempt to write a book and is now lashing out.
However, Aviva was way too eager to put herself on the same "level" as someone who has a fully established writing career like Carole. For instance, I wouldn't dream of putting my Housewives recapping on the same level as, say, Zadie Smith who I admire immensely. Aviva should try to lessen her own arrogance and admit that writing a book is a challenge. I guess both ladies are hitting each other in sensitive spots and coming across very badly. Aviva better also hope she doesn't get sued!
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TELL US – IS CAROLE BEING ELITIST ABOUT HER CAREER OR IS AVIVA BEING CRAZY?