Here’s just one more example of how social media can be an extremely hurtful tool. If you’ve been watching this current season of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey
, you’d know the addition of new girl Amber Marchese has stirred up a massive amount of drama. In addition, Amber’s husband has quickly taken on the drama of not only the New Jersey housewives, but has even managed to offend many others with a single tweet. Transgender model Lexi Wade recently viewed an episode of the hit series, and like most fans do, took to twitter to share her thoughts on what viewers and cast members have dubbed #AmberAlert for her antics, tweeting:
“Oh the dramatics.. #AmberAlert @BravoTV. We should do some replacing of cast members, please. #ThisIsNoCompetition #RHONJ”
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Shortly after, Amber’s husband Jim responded, prompting to let the season unfold, which resulted in Wade’s next tweet about who she calls his “cukoo wife.” After the brief exchange, Marchese decided to retaliate with:
“@MissLexiWade U R a guy dressing as a woman & U think we are off...LMAO best one yet, U who doesn't want to be judged..judging. #rhonj IQ 12”
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When you come on to a reality show, you must know that you are on a public platform and are subjected to people's opinions on your behavior. You should think before you speak, because to mock someone’s gender orientation can trigger that thought in others, and may make others think it is acceptable to make personal attacks. While there was definitely some antagonistic remarks, it’s dire that we don’t tolerate ignorance, and spread awareness on how your words can make a difference in both positive and negative aspects.
Wade elaborates, "I am extremely embarrassed by the actions of Mr. Jim Marchese. I fully understand that this lifestyle is not accepted by everyone in today's society, but it is not necessary to attack someone, regardless of opinions. Bullying is a leading cause of teen suicide, and I feel that by experiencing such behavior while growing up, I do not feel that we should be continuing to condone this sort of behavior from individuals such as Mr. Marchese, who are in the public eye."
Once again this is an important reminder that people in everyday life deal with cruel and distasteful words that have a ripple effect on numerous others.
Wade details some of the behavior from Amber she was referring to, noting that she “watched Amber constantly making irrational statements to the other ladies of the cast, she has made it quite obvious that she is acting. From a viewer's point of view, Mrs. Marchese is always in some type of competition; almost like ‘anything you can do I can do better’ type of attitude.” A viewpoint that has seemingly become common to the viewers.
Wade further explained to PopWrapped that she had, “no ill intentions when she made her opinion public” and “Mr. Jim Marchese had absolutely no right to humiliate, belittle & attack me publicly - and certainly was not necessary to be such a heartless individual by discriminating against [Miss Wade's] gender orientation. His words were taken to heart & this is indeed the type of behavior viewers do not want to see. The world is full of hate and many other destructive events, it is time that we put a cease to this behavior and raise awareness for ‘cyberbullying’ on today's social media sites. Celebrities should not act in this manner as it is seen & witnessed by the television networks viewing audiences. Bravo TV should not be allowing this behavior to occur, as that is sending a negative mission statement as to what the network & producers truly stand for.”
One certainty is that we should never try to pick people apart for who they are, as human beings we need to support and encourage each other to embrace our differences. Going forward, how do you think major networks should deal with offensive television personalities in the future? Do you think that this behavior should result in termination?
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