On The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion Part 1, which aired last night, cyber bullying was once again addressed and today CBS “Tech Talk” decided to take a closer look at what exactly is going on with New York City housewives Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon and their claims of bullying via Twitter by Alex McCord’s husband Simon van Kempen.
CBS actually looked at Simon van Kempen’s Twitter stream and found “nothing of the sort.”
“We’re not really sure what he said about Zarin or Bensimon on his Twitter, or whether or not he re-tweeted something they said or merely @ replied at them with something less than kind. So we took a look at van Kempen’s Twitter and found nothing of the sort. Could van Kempen have deleted them?“
In Simon van Kempen’s blog he wrote: “I have watched, read and listened, sometimes with horror, as Jill Zarin has slandered, libeled and maligned me and/or Alex over the past three years but this past week has really been something else.”
“Frankly I find it ludicrous that 40-plus-year-old adults who are game enough to go on a reality TV show and voluntarily put their own lives in the public eye claim ‘cyber bullying’ when they find criticism to their behavior online.”
“Naughty but Nice’s” Rob Shuter wrote a Huff Po blog about the “toxic” nature of the New York City housewives cast and wonders if they will even be asked back next year. “If the situation doesn’t improve soon, these ladies won’t be waiting for Bravo to invite them back for another season. From “Real Housewives” to real hate, these ladies are ready to walk if their castmates can’t play nice.”
The developer of an anti-bullying application “Bully Block” went so far as to tell CBS that female reality stars are the poster children for female cyber bullies.
“Female reality stars are the poster children for female cyber bullies During and after their shows, they take to the electronic media to attack each other.”
In May, Jill Zarin said that the premise of the Real Housewives shows was never about being friends anyway, but the question might be do viewers really want to watch this?
They end their piece with a little advice: So attention, housewives (we won’t name names here), if you feel so strongly about being victims of cyber bullying, perhaps you should refrain from cyber bullying others first. Look in the mirror (or rather, your computer screen) and consider that you’re guilty of doing just the same.