Back in the day, Franchesca Ramsey, “an American comedian, activist, television and YouTube personality, and actress,” was a regular commenter on RBNS and RBD, posting under the name “Chescaleigh.” which is also the name of her YouTube channel. About six months ago, Ms. Ramsey contacted us about taking down a post from 2012 that mentioned her being on Anderson Cooper, as well as being a commenter on this blog.
Ms. Ramsey has a new book out, Well, That Escalated Quickly, which features a chapter, “Stop Hating and Start Studying,” concerning a barely disguised Mulia Mallison and this blog. “Stephanie” has “rich parents, a cushy job at a gossip magazine, a marginally successful pop culture web series, a pilot in development, and a couples’ blog with her boyfriend that was a total disaster.” Yep, that’s our Donk.
Ramsey writes of spending much time on RBNS, later RBD, where the blog’s “only rule was ‘Don’t poke the beast,’ which meant that we agreed not to contact Stephanie or taunt her into reading our posts. (But it was totally acceptable to call her a beast. Sheesh.)” The blog is “so high school,” yet Ramsey agrees to meet fellow RBDers, a situation that turns “blatantly uncool,” the opposite of my own experience spending time with cat ladies outside the blog. But one of Ramsey’s cat ladies seems to have been scary Partypants, so there’s that!
The takeaway from RBD? Ramsey comes to realize she’s just jealous of Judy, as is everyone else on RBD. She lets go of the “haterade,” fearing a move from hater to troll, and starts studying what’s important to her career! It’s very inspirational: ” … don’t sit around making memes about how your dog could paint better than this girl – get into the studio.”
Hey, I get it. Don’t waste time on a snark site when you could be doing so much more. (Like Donkey, who gives much of her time to those less fortunate than herself.) But Facebook can also be a tremendous time suck, as can reality television. With the exception of Miss Advised, I’ve never watched a single reality show. Not Survivor nor The Bachelor nor anything from Andy Cohen’s Real Housewives franchise. Hell, I never even made it through the final episode of Miss Advised because it was so greg damn boring. But I do like this internet reality show, a fun diversion, which has careened from New York publishing to the smells of Wooville, with many a bizarre stop and strange persona along the way.
As for being jealous of Julia Allison, nope. Not ever. I first met her many years ago and was baffled and appalled by the loud, short-skirted vulgarian who seemed to be doing a parody of the nouveau riche. I’ve never envied living in a shoebox and “writing” a gossip column for a rag. Nor am I jealous of the cut-rate woo she’s become. Penniless, homeless, jobless, and lying about boyfriends and employment to the New York Post. I have a great job, family, friends, pets, purpose – everything Julia Allison wants but has failed to achieve. I find her fascinating but also horrible, dishonest, constantly scheming, and her own worst enemy. Why would I, or anyone, be jealous of that subject position?
I hope you have a lovely day.
Update: I can’t keep up, bunnies! Our beloved Jacy was so annoyed by Chescaleigh’s comments about RBD that the Anderson Cooper post went back up. Meanwhile, Donkey is blowing up on Reddit and more, more, more is coming in. Now I have to make dinner!