Despite how I feel about the exploitation of someone who is obviously mentally ill, one thing remains clear: Julia Allison signed up for this shit, and has no reason to complain about her portrayal. It’s brutal, yes. But what we see on-screen are her genuine reactions to contrived situations and, surprise, surprise! She’s a lazy, entitled whackaloon. And according to a few tipsters — well, maybe not a few, because scores of people hate this woman — Julia Allison received plenty of warnings that she shouldn’t have participated in this mess.
According to one tipster, her family was vocally against the idea. As you can see here.
Oh, that’s why we won’t be seeing Britton and Allie on this mess. Because he lives in Boston! Because filming characters who are in a completely different city is difficult for a show that features three main characters located in three different cities. I’m glad we cleared that up!
What’s that? We haven’t? Oh, yeah, I completely forgot. An exasperated birdie who was so over all the bitch please eye-rolling told me that poor Britton Baugher is supremely embarrassed by her sister’s “career,” and he is pissed that she found an even larger platform to embarrass her family. And believe me, the Baughers are embarrassed. I mean you would be too if you were trying to build a respected career in academia while your sister was flouncing around on national television like a developmentally stunted whackaloon. So, yeah, poor, poor Britt adamantly refused to sign a release. And, instead of understanding what an ill-advised move Miss Advised was, Donkey went on a brayge tantrum because her brother is not at all impressed with her “career.”
An East Coast tipster told me that Britt’s little dear of a wife, Allie, also refused to sign a release. Pretty much everyone was concerned about the show’s impact on their actual careers. Allie, for instance, made the wise and correct decision not to participate because she is a teacher. Apparently she thought that she shouldn’t appear on a show that was unsuitable for her school-age children. Whodathunk? The nerve of that woman!
Meanwhile, I haven’t had a chance to watch all of that Spreecast, but something about mentioning what an super awesome litigator Pettigrew is? Well. . .
@GregOstravich – MANY people in my life couldn’t be on camera (contracts with other networks, finance jobs, etc.) Plus the legal is onerous.
@JuliaAllison Regarding onerous legal was issue competition only with other media? nda? combination? other? @GregOstravich – Insane contracts that the entertainment industry uses as “standard.” My lawyer dad wasn’t thrilled, we’ll put it that way.
“Wasn’t thrilled” is putting it lightly. Despite his and Robin’s participation in the first episode, Peter Pettigrew, Esq. was staunchly against Julia’s participation on Miss Advised because of the airtight contract. Something tells me someone is completely aware that their daughter is a gigantic mentalcase and didn’t want to deal with her crying to daddy that the teevee people are meanies. So, as someone close to the family told me, daddy said that if she inked her hoof on the dotted line, she was on her own, and, if lawyers were inevitable, a lolsuit against Bravo, Blondie Girl would not be brought on by him. Hmm. . . maybe someone learned their lesson from last time.
So who will we see eventually on this show? Not Greasy, that’s for certain. Like Britt and Allie, he is also concerned about the show’s impact on his futre career. He told donkey that there was no way in hell he was going to participate in her “shitshow” (his word, not mine).
So what else is going on behind the scenes? A whole lot of freaking out, is what I’m hearing from a few people. I wasn’t alone in thinking her portrayal in the second episode of Miss Advised was brutal. Even people at Bravo thought so. If you watch any of their other awful reality shows, you know that if they think that the editing is brutal, then it’s really, really bad. But their thinking, which I agree with, is that she signed up for this mess. Julia was fully aware that the cameras were on at all times, and yet she still chose to act like the psychotic hosebeast that she is. Someone else told me that if I thought the second episode was bad, then I have seen nothing yet in regards to her psychosis. (I may have to start drinking again.)
And what does Julia think about all this? She is “genuinely shocked” by her portrayal on Miss Advised, because during filming and post-production, she kept blabbering on about how the producers where her “friends” and that she “trusted them with her reputation.” To which I ask? HAS SHE NEVER SEEN A REALITY TELEVISION SHOW BEFORE? Julia is acting like the show is a HUGE betrayal, which is confusing producers, because no one ever promised her that she would be portrayed positively, nor did anyone give her the impression that she be edited to be American’s adorable bumblefart, or whatever she had in mind. But, donkey being donkey, thought flashing her horsey teeth and pulling out the charm would be enough for producers to fall in love with her. Oops?
Finally, here is a lovely little item that was dropped in my inbox that is unrelated to the show. You know how Julia keeps heehawing about her shining 10-year journalism career? Well, one major NY media type uses Julia Allison as an example of a cautionary fail of sorts. . .
Among Julia’s biggest mistakes is her failure to understand the role the respect of one’s peers plays in a writer’s life. She never had the discipline or ethics to be a journalist, but she could have made it as a fluffy, entertaining columnist if she hadn’t consistently thumbed her nose at people who worked their way up through the ranks.
I ask my interns to read the work-related parts of the Mediabistro article and then come back to me and explain why Julia ended up where she did and what she could have done differently. I’ve been doing this for years.
Cut! Don’t use any of that! It’s simply too embarrassing.
UPDATE: As we say here: Lather, rinse, repeat. From the comments:
Here’s another tip. I was just talking to my friend who is an editor of a big magazine for which Julia did some tiny 200-word freelance thing years and years ago (when my friend was not yet affiliated with the mag). Apparently, Donks showed up at a shmancy new restaurant that had recently been reviewed favorably by the magazine, with an entourage of 10 people, demanding that their visit be comped because she was a “contributing writer” for said magazine. Same ol’ Washington Post shit, 10 years later. The restaurant turned her down and called the editor of the magazine instead, asking wtf. My editor friend was mortified and said that they would never do such a thing, and that if anyone does that again they should call her.
It’s just almost completely unbelievable. Sure, she did that when she was in her early 20s, just starting out and too young to know better. But now? With her reputation? As a 30-something who has been a working “journalist” for ten years? What does she not get about bridge burning? My editor friend is a pretty powerful character in the media world, which is an incredibly small business, and now JABA is on her shitlist for ever. Why does Donkey continue to behave this way? To burn bridges? It truly boggles the mind.