If you live under a rock or don’t watch reality television, then you probably don’t know who Teresa Giudice is. Commonly known as the table-flipping, short-tempered Italian housewife, Teresa is by far one of my favorites of the Housewife franchise, specifically from The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Recently, however, many fans of the show have turned against her and her craziness to the point where there are so few people on Team Teresa that I feel like a pariah.
Is this turn due to editing or is Teresa truly becoming a vicious monster? When fans were asked yesterday on the Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Facebook page whether people are on Team Gorga (Teresa’s sister-in-law) or Team Teresa, people left sweet comments such as:
For those of you whore are not familiar with the show, Teresa Giudice and her brother, Joe Gorga, have family issues, including Teresa’s tumultuous relationship with sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga. Other important people to mention are Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, and Kathy Wakile. Manzo and Laurita were once family-friends with the Giudices but after Caroline’s horns popped out of her head, she turned on Teresa, claiming that Teresa broke up Caroline’s relationship with her sister Dina Manzo. Laurita, on the other hand, is flakier than snow. Kathy is Teresa’s cousin who tries to be the mediator in every situation, but always winds up poking her nose in somebody’s else’s business.
Last year, when Teresa released her second cookbook, she made comments in it that were meant to be interpreted as jokes, yet these jokes were the last straw between her and her castmates. New York University sophomore Brandy Collins spoke positively about watching Teresa on the show and about Teresa’s comments in the cookbook, claiming, “The things written in the cookbook were clearly meant to be humorous! Anyone who can’t realize that is just an idiot (*cough cough* Caroline).” Saying that Caroline is “1/16th Italian” or that “her sister-in-law copies her” in a cookbook is not malicious in any way. The girls are just looking for any little piece of evidence they can use to take Teresa down at this point.
Why is it that no one is on Team Teresa any more? What did she exactly do to make people turn against her? Oh, that’s right, she became successful. Teresa placed fifth on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. She has three bestselling cookbooks, a hair care product line called Milania, and a liquor drink inspired by a bellini called the Fabellini. It may be cliché to say, but a lot of this angst appears to root from jealousy. The Manzo family failed at marketing BLK. Water (which is basically black-colored water). Melissa Gorga failed at her music career. Kathy Wakile has been baking and cooking for the past two seasons and there’s still no success. T. Kyle McMahon, who runs the Reality TV Gifs website, commented on the drama, saying that, “they’ve all implied that she’s ‘not intelligent’ yet she’s making the most in endorsements.”
Although Caroline claims Teresa is in a “fabulicious haze,” Teresa is just branching off from the show. It’s unfortunate to say, but Caroline and the other girls need Teresa. Without Teresa, the show would be boring. Who really cares about Lauren Manzo’s white girl problems or about whether Laurita’s daughter is turning into Linsday Lohan or not?
What really ticks me off is that the other girls nitpick at everything Teresa says, yet they walk around with this holier than thou attitude. Caroline is not a saint; neither are the other girls. They need to learn that it’s a two-way street. This entire season, Caroline has been a bully to Teresa. The other girls are Caroline’s puppets. Even though Jacqueline claims that she is her own person, she is still persuaded by Queen Caroline. Teresa said it best by comparing her castmates to the characters of Alice in Wonderland:
“I felt like Alice all last season every time I filmed with the other women, because I never knew what to expect and they were insane in a different way almost every day…”
Teresa may not handle every situation perfectly, but we have to remember that she is human. No one on that show is perfect. Teresa does have a short temper, but for most of the arguments and underhanded remarks that go on between her and her castmates, she often brushes them off her shoulder.
With the reunion episode coming up, it’s a battlefield. Expect the other girls to go off on Teresa, but also expect Teresa to fire back with some feisty remarks. At this point, you can’t call Teresa out for defending herself. If Caroline or one of the other girls makes a nasty comment towards her, she should be able to fire back. Even during the season, the other girls referred to Teresa as a, “POS” and “media whore.” It’s not always best to fight fire with fire, but when someone like Teresa has a group of people who won’t stop attacking her with comments and accusations, do you expect her to just sit there and smile? Put yourself in her position and realize that she is actually a strong woman. Editing has just made Teresa to seem manipulative, when, in reality, she is just being set up by the pro-Manzo producers of the show.
You can say that Teresa is crazy. You can say that she in not the brightest crayon in the box. You can say a bunch of negative stuff, but at the end of the day, Teresa is the most successful of the five of them. Just like Nene Leakes and Bethenny Frankel, Teresa Giudice has made a name for herself and branded herself. Meanwhile, Caroline Manzo is still sitting at the Brownstone waiting for someone to buy a BLK. Water.