Since the airing of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, bullying and especially cyber bullying is in the news again.
Twitter trolls are becoming the school yard bullies of the 21st century. With more and more cases of suicide due to trolls on the internet, the world is becoming more aware of this epidemic than ever before. The suicide of Charlotte Dawson was the final straw to make everyone realize that Twitter trolls need to be stopped and dealt with. Many believed that abuse by Twitter trolls contributed to the model’s eventual suicide.
Real Housewives of Melbourne star complains about Twitter trolls
Andrea Moss, one of the Real Housewives of Melbourne cast members, has been blocking and reporting Twitter users attacking her about her behaviour on the show. Especially the two reunion shows ruffled some feathers.
Attacks by Twitter trolls after the first reunion show got so bad that host Alex Perry closed down his Twitter account shortly after the show aired. He was also a good friend of Charlotte Dawson, which would have made him more sensitive to any perceived form of cyber bullying.
Miss Moss quickly added her two cents worth to the whole travesty by tweeting
Sending my love and support to Alex Perry, who has been through a lot online this week.
— Andrea Moss (@MrsAndreaMoss) May 6, 2014
I never read anything on Twitter that was said about Alex Perry. But since the first reunion show, I have been reading a fair bit about what was being said about the show itself.
Is everyone who says anything negative about the Real Housewives of Melbourne necessarily a Twitter troll?
The question begs whether everyone who says anything negative on Twitter really is a troll or a cyber bully? Doesn’t the fact that you put yourself and your ‘real life’ on television, automatically open you up to both positive and negative remarks from the viewing public?
I am not saying that telling Charlotte Dawson to go hang herself was right. That was horrible and people doing that need to pay a price. But is airing your disgust about the bad behaviour of someone on a television show cyber bullying? Does giving your true feelings about people’s behaviour make you a Twitter troll?
I have confessed before that watching the Real Housewives shows (well, almost all of them) is my little guilty pleasure. I record them and then watch them when I take a break during my work day. That’s just one of the many advantages of being an Indie author.
I was excited when I heard that there was going to be a Real Housewives of Melbourne. I enjoyed watching the first few weeks. But as the show continued and the cat fights ensued, I liked it less and less. Seeing grown women stand beside a swimming pool talking behind the back of a supposed friend who is on holiday with them, is sickening. And the rest of the show turned into a long, boring advertisement for some people’s books and another’s new cocktail range and psychic business.
But the worst was yet to come…
Usually with shows of the Real Housewives franchise, the reunion shows are the place where final battles are fought, swords laid down and champagne shared to end the season. But not on the reunion shows for the Real Housewives of Melbourne. No, some of these ladies seemed to show the worst of Australian society.
The viewing public took to Twitter to make their disgust known.
In fact, people were so angry about the behaviour of some of the housewives that an official petition was started to get Andrea Moss and Lydia Schiavello removed from the show. And the reason for this request? Their constant bullying of fellow cast member Gina Liano! The same people who accuse others of being Twitter trolls when commenting on their bad behaviour, were clearly bullying another woman. Is it okay because the bullying happened on television instead of on Twitter? Are they now screen trolls?
Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion show a disaster
Usually, the reunion shows are the highlight of the Real Housewives’ series. But in the case of the Real Housewives of Melbourne, the reunion show can be what will finally sink this boat. A second series was already announced. But this doesn’t mean that the show was a triumphant success. Not only did the number of viewers dramatically fall during the season from 117,000 in episode one to as low as 72,000 in episode 5, but between the first and the second reunion show, The Real Housewives of Melbourne lost 54,000 viewers, which is a huge chunk of their viewing audience. Will I be back to watch another series? Ask me in a few months. The Real Housewives of Melbourne may be like childbirth. Right after going through it you swear you will never do it again but just a few months later you start thinking about having another baby. The Real Housewives of Melbourne left a really bad taste in my mouth but like they say, never say never.