This season on RHONJ, we were introduced to Amber Marchese and her husband Jim. The breast-cancer survivor was Melissa’s former friend from her “partying” years. We learned a lot about Amber this season. She had some great scenes and some cringe-worthy moments. After the finale, Amber took to her blog to thank the fans and give her opinion on the other ladies.
We made it Housewife friends! As it was my rookie season, I felt like I was being hazed in a sorority, but as hard as it was, I made it! I learned so much about how strong I am as a person and some areas that I can work on. I learned that I really do have a “no surrender, never retreat” mentality. I will go to bat with anyone, at any time, and will defend myself and my family at all cost. I also witnessed the undying love that my husband has for me and his family. He was not going to let anyone hurt me and will unleash hell if someone tries. He is truly my modern day Spartan warrior.
I am so blessed to have shared my experience and struggles with breast cancer — the timing of my five year mark, the photo shoot, and growing my hair for five years then cutting it for charity — it was nothing short of a miracle that the Bravo was able to catch that all. It was just meant to be and God was truly working his wonders. Cutting my hair was completely symbolic for me, since cancer no longer defines me. I will never forget, however the pain, fear, and anxiety is in my rear view mirror now. I can sometimes look back to remind myself where I came from, but it in no way defines my future. It is my promise to all of you, I will never take that for granted, especially knowing that there are thousands struggling with cancer every day.
On to my perspective on the season finale! I am not quite sure why the twins make it a point to confront others in front of large crowds. As Teresa said, they had two weeks to call her and speak to her about what Victoria Gotti had said to us. If they had an issue or wanted an apology, so be it, but what ever happened to being a civilized human being and picking up the phone to call? They did the same thing to me. Two weeks went by without any phone call from them. In fact, they never returned any of my phone calls or texts! They decided to make a scene in front of an entire party. Difference is, this was at a charity event with children in ear shot. Can you blame me for not wanting to bring my babies to this event? I would have absolutely loved my children sashaying down the runway, but there is absolutely no way I would EVER allow my babies to hear what went on. I spoke with Teresa and I knew the twins never called her. So I knew exactly what was brewing, so did Dina. My children come first and mama was protecting her children.
Dina was brazen enough to kick Jim and me out of the Florida home for less of an offense, why wasn’t Dina kicking the twins out because they were making a scene at her own charity function for children?! Can we say double standard? Where were her “heads rolling” that she claimed would happen if someone started anything at a Ladybug event?
I will add that I completely understand how hurt the twins are. I can understand their anger. However, I cannot understand their way of handling conflict. That level of “hot headedness,” I would think, cools down at a certain age as we tend to calm ourselves, think clearly, and with wisdom. It is a level of discernment that should happen after a certain age or experience in life.
Dina claims to be Teresa’s friend of 25 years, but does not back up her friend at all. If that was my friend, like Christine or Angelia, whom I have been friends for just as long, the twins would not have gotten to the letter T in stupid before I would be dragging them out of the event by their ears. Dina doesn’t have to agree with her best friend, but she should also never allow someone to call her friend of 25 years stupid, at her own charity function no less. Especially knowing what her friend is going through, which pales in comparison to some stupid rumor.
Since Dina has unwarranted venom towards my husband and has completely snubbed him for his previous contributions to The Ladybug Project, I am going to thank him on their behalf for coming up with the idea of the children’s fashion show, as well as the connection to East Coast Stars. Since Jim did not attend, he also made a sizable cash donation on behalf of our family. Jim had also worked hard before all the drama to make sure Ladybug even had a venue with all costs covered, including food and beverage. The venue was ultimately not chosen, but Jim had still worked hard to give Dina an option for the event. Instead she chooses to focus on Jim’s comment about her IQ after she interrogated him at an extremely inappropriate, charged moment right after his wife was attacked. Despite her inappropriateness, Jim still ended up apologizing to her. However in my opinion she should have apologized to him for being so glaringly insensitive.
It may seem as if my perspective is harsh for an end of season blog, LOL! But it is what I was feeling at the time. I owe it to you all to give you my honest interpretation of it. However, at the end of the season, I came out having a certain amount of respect for all of these ladies. Being on a reality show is hard; it pushes us to our limits and it is nothing short of psychological warfare. I truly hope you will support all of us, equally. Teams are good, and appreciated; however, keep the hate towards other Housewives out of it. Perspective are OK, different points of view are what make the world go round, however, when your perspective rises to a level of cruelty, it takes the fun out of our jobs. Allow us to be ourselves, with the good moments and even the moments when we could have handled ourselves a little better. At the end of the day, the Housewives are girlfriends that have strong personalities and disagreements — we love, we hate, and we make up. That’s life.
First of all, let’s talk about this whole Spartan warrior thing. Is anyone else picturing Jim and Amber in full costume running around their house yelling “This. Is. Sparta.”? Because I am, and it’s not cute. I just can’t wrap my head around how Amber can think that Jim is chivalrous or brave for defending her. Hello? He’s a grown man who takes his anger out on people who disagree with his wife. I just do. not. understand. It truly freaks me out to see Amber wrapped up in such a delusion. Plus, after his attack on Dina (which was some of the craziest bs I’ve seen spewed on Twitter – and that’s saying something.), I have zero interest in seeing him on my TV ever again.
Second of all, unlike many viewers who complained about Amber discussing cancer, I enjoyed watching her journey. At times, I thought her comparisons of cancer to other life events (jail) were bizarre, unnecessary and inappropriate, but the overall message of rising from such a difficult experience was amazing. Like Amber has said, I hope her story does inspire others.
Third, of course the twins had to confront Teresa on camera. Come on! It’s a reality show. That being said, if the twins did have a choice in the matter, they should have spoken with Teresa privately. I’m assuming they were not given a choice and were asked to have their showdown at the charity event, which was to be the finale.
Last, in regard to Amber accusing Dina of being a bad friend, I just have to shake my head. I don’t know why Dina came back to the show. That might make it sound like I don’t like her, but she’s actually my favorite cast member. I love her personality and I think she’s a beautiful person. I really enjoy watching her with Lexi and all her rescue animals. However, I can sense her tension whenever drama arises – she clearly doesn’t like it! With Jacqueline plotting her downfall and Amber and Jim acting as crazy as they are, I think Dina’s exit from the show is, sadly, necessary.
What do you think of Amber’s blog? Do you want to see her return next season?