“Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is.”
– Mrs Cheveley, An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde
(September 17, 2012) – I always cringe a bit when people say “what goes around comes around.” I just do not believe in the popular use of the word “karma.” I think it is entirely possible that people can spend their lives doing horrendous things and never get their comeuppance. It’s not that I think it is impossible that eventually they’ll get a taste of their own medicine, or their just desserts, or any other clichéd form of punishment for doing dreadful things. I just don’t believe in the inevitability of cosmic punishment.
I also do not believe in the tit-for-tat philosophy of eye-for-an-eye retribution. I definitely do not. But I must admit that I have very little sympathy when a thief gets upset that someone has stolen from him. Nor am I particularly empathetic when a philandering husband becomes enraged that his wife has a special friend outside of their marriage.
I mention all of this because I cannot help but notice that for Melissa Gorga, Bravo’s payback is a bitch. As we all know she placed herself on the network’s radar when, years ago, she began to reveal information about Teresa Giudice even before Melissa was invited to join the cast of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. She’s already admitted this. She finally confessed that she fed Danielle Staub details about Teresa’s relationship with her family. And there are many rumors that Melissa made a case to Bravo’s producers that if she was hired, she would amp up the drama by going toe-to-toe with Teresa. I have no idea if this is true, but I certainly do not think it is outside of the realm of possibilities, considering Melissa’s near desperation to be “on display.”
Like the person who sold her proverbial soul to the devil, Melissa’s wishes were granted. She and her husband joined the cast and in just a year, she managed to find herself on talk shows, in supermarket tabloids, on iTunes and with a Twitter following of 400,000. I bet for a time at least, she was very happy, having realized her dreams of feeling all of our eyes on her.
Today, I would bet she’s less than thrilled with how Bravo has turned the tables against her. With the help of Kim D., the network has succeeded in embarrassing her, by suggesting she used to lap dance in a bikini bar and by making her discomfort and the destruction of her family the subject of the season four’s finale. Is this just another cliché: be careful what you wish for? Is this a Reality TV version of All About Eve, when one young woman studies and emulates an older, more accomplished star and manages to take her place, but not without paying a considerable personal cost? Is this something like that Oscar Wilde play, An Ideal Husband, when something a man did years ago, later came back to embarrass him and to threaten his career and family?
I have no idea. I’m not that deep. And I certainly do not relish in witnessing Melissa’s pain and embarrassment. The stone cold truth is that it almost made me cry last night. Still I cannot help but wonder if Melissa sees the parallels between her own efforts to insinuate herself into this show by revealing private information, and those of Kim D. who went out of her way to do the very same thing to Melissa by getting Angelo to say she has a past she was not proud of. And the only reason I can come up with is that Kim D. wants to have a bigger role. And to get there, she’s willing to hurt another person, to give the suits at 30 Rock the “explosive drama” they crave.
If Kim D. is like Melissa, if she is successful, if she does become one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey next season, most of all I wonder: what does she think will happen to her?
All photos are courtesy of BravoTV.com
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I am a New York City publicist who specializes in promoting luxury products and experiences and occasionally moonlight as a journalist.
Relatively new to the world of blogging, I have watched and enjoyed Bravo’s Housewives shows since the first season of the Real Housewives of Orange County. I created this blog over the 4th of July holiday of 2011 because I enjoy writing and love to figure out how to blend images and words to create something that is both visually compelling and interesting to read.