Years before Big Brother or Real Housewives, a 1998 movie entitled The Truman Show introduced us to the bizarre world of voyeurism and reality TV. In this movie, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives his life unaware that he is on a giant studio set surrounded by actors posing as family, friends and townspeople. Truman’s entire life is televised as he interacts with actors and is unwittingly supervised by an executive producer and crew. Truman’s decisions, emotions and reactions are pure and untainted since he is unaware that he is being filmed.
As Truman begins to realize that all is not what it seems, the executive producer (Ed Harris) steps up his interference with Truman’s faux reality in order to maintain the farce and continue the ratings bonanza. The executive producer feeds lines to an actress posing as Truman’s girlfriend to keep Truman locked into his artificial world. She delivers her scripted lines flawlessly:
The last thing I would ever do is lie to you. . . It’s all true. It’s all real. . . Nothing is fake. Nothing you see on this show is fake.
Doesn’t it seem like the women of RHONJ are using the same lines? Did Bravo hire Ed Harris to script Seasons 3 and 4?
As we watch RHONJ, we often cringe but cannot look away. Faux Reality promised us a sneak peek into the triumphs and struggles of real families and their friends. The reality is that these characters seem to have transformed their lives to perform for maximum ratings. They have now resorted to using tabloids, publicity and twitter to bolster and create faux reality. Some are better than others at working the spin.
Jacqueline Laurita recently revealed that for the past 2 seasons she has refused to share the two life struggles that have consumed her: her son’s autism and her legal financial issues. Why would Bravo promise a sneak peak into reality and fail so miserably at delivering? When exactly did the purpose of the show shift from a sneak peak into the triumphs and struggles to a sneak peak into what they chose to share?
According to Bravo, Melissa Marco Gorga was initially cast as the witty, fun loving, stay at home mom who declared that she “lives the life that every girl dreams of.” It is unclear which girls Melissa polled before making such a statement, we have yet to meet girls that want to be the perpetual “VICTIM.” In fact, Melissa Marco Gorga’s whole life has been a study in contradictions.
Let’s recast The Truman Show and follow the life of Melissa Marco Gorga. Melissa was born on March 21, 1979 to Donna and Carmine J. Marco. In 1993, when Melissa was 15 years old, Melissa’s parents divorced after years of [verifying information]. Melissa’s father died in 1996 when [verifying information].
Melissa was arrested for shoplifting in 1997, posted bond to the tune of $1,000 and immediately moved from Florida to New Jersey.
While Faux Reality wants to portray Melissa as a sedate second grade teacher turned happy suburban housewife, realty shows a Girl’s Gone Wild lifestyle of lesbian lovers, wild sex parties, sugar daddies paying for augmentations, and a string of lies that are easily proven.
At some point, Melissa Gorga commenced Jersey City University. It is unclear where she lived or how she supported herself. The stories are inconsistent at best. [under investigation] According to Melissa, she worked three jobs to support herself while going to college.
One of those jobs was at Looker’s Gentlemen’s Club. (Inside Looker’s as exposed by StoopidHousewives) According to Melissa she was serving drinks to men for $100 tips. Unfortunately, Melissa contradicts the time frame; During the Finale, Melissa states that she worked at Looker’s for a week or so. According to pay stubs, she worked from January 2003 to December, 2003. Why the deception?
In or about October, 2003, Melissa met Giuseppe “Joey” Gorga. Melissa moved into Joey’s home by December, 2003. Melissa graduated from Jersey City University in January, 2004.
During the Finale, Melissa told the world that she was a teacher, she taught “second grade!” Melissa must have forgotten that when FOXNY.COM posed the question to her on August 18, 2011 (less than two months before the Posche Fashion Show), Melissa responded that she never became a teacher because by the time that she graduated, she was already engaged. (See FoxNY Interview, Minute Marker 3:48, last video on stoopidhousewives story)
Melissa Marco married Joey Gorga in August, 2004 and thus the dissent down the rabbit hole began to fool people into believing the fairytale that “she lives a life that every girl dreams of.”
Perhaps it’s time for someone to tell Melissa that The Truman Show is over and the story that has been written for her by producers of Bravo is just that, A STORY.