Week two of the 6-week series, Skating With The Stars aired last night on ABC and served only to annoy and aggravate once again.
It is so evident that Johnny Weir does not like Bethenny, he did not have one nice word to say to her and his scores are reflective of a close friend of the evil Jill Zarin. He did not even make an attempt to hide his contempt for Bethenny, although she truly did perform substantially better than last week, she got no props from the middle judge. His criticism wasn’t meant to help to improve her performances going forward, he was simply throwing digs at her and even mimicking her smile at one point.
The only female judge Laurie Ann Gibson was also completely brutal to Bethenny and only to Bethenny. She found something nice to say about every other skater even Sean Young who fell twice and gave the most awkward performance of the night.
Without sounding completely paranoid, either Johnny Weir pursuaded Laurie to join him in bashing Bethenny in hopes that his bias wouldn’t be quite so obvious or this woman is just jealous of the more famous, more talented Bethenny Frankel. Sean Young wasn’t the only performer to take a tumble, Vince Neil also got tripped up and fell on the ice once during his performance. He was stiff and clearly terrified but the judges from hell, especially Laurie Gibson remarked at what a great job he did. Laurie Gibson’s scores continue to be completely out of line with the other judges, she tends to score her favorites much higher than Johnny Weir or Dick Button.
I don’t know where ABC found these people to judge this competition but they could not be further from fair and impartial. Laurie tends to ramble on trying to get as much screen time as possible, to the point where the host, Vernon Kay needed to cut her off in the interest of time several times. Her comments are clearly not educated when it comes to the technical side of ice skating, she talked mainly about rhythm and the music, showing her dance background but she is clearly unqualified to judge an ice skating competition.
The front runner is definitely a young Disney actor, Brandon Mychal Smith, he does a great job and looks like he’s been skating his whole life. The cameras did show him roller skating like a pro which is definitely an advantage. Rebecca Budig, a soap opera actress also did very well, her movements were seamless and she never missed a beat yet the judges were completely mixed as Laurie raved about her performance but the professional skaters judging her noted that the passion was missing from her routine. She is no doubt another front runner.
Professional Olympic Skiier Jonny Moseley gave a solid perfomance and the judges all seemed to agree that he is doing a great job. He’s medocre and will most likely slide through in the middle of the pack. The judges were so obvious in their bias against Bethenny, lets just say that there were two bitches on the judging panel, many on Twitter had much to say, here are a few examples: (none of these are me!)
@Bethenny I think u did a great job and the judges are just a total joke. When I watch it I feel like I’m watching a spoof on SNL
@Bethenny For some reason the judges are WAY too negative towards you. I don’t get it. You did really well. The judges should be replaced JohnnyGWeir bs. you were kinder to the people who fell
than bethenny. I think you are full of it and it plainly shows
@Bethenny We have 4 phones..you know what that means??
20 votes for YOU..judges need to be put on Scary Island for a week.
@Bethenny I think friends of Zoe shouldn’t be judges
@Bethenny I think the female judge only likes men. She’s a witch! My fiancé and I thought you did fantastic!
@Bethenny For some odd reason they are hard on you, I personally think that Laurie Ann is jealous, Dick B is okay
@Bethenny I think the judges are asses! They are rude to you! It took me 87 tries but I finally got through and voted for you my limit! Go!
@Bethenny I think Dick gave good advice. Helpful. But Laurie..the ABC board is lit up with comments about how awful she is! No 1 likes her @Bethenny Laurie is a disgrace! And, I knew exactly what you were thinking through that smile as Laurie was yakking on — .You were great! @Bethenny you were robbed, these judges are ridiculous. I thought you were amazing!! @Bethenny That female judge seems like a bad choice for the competition, she’s not very good at hiding her jealousy of your cuteness! Always the class act, here is what Bethenny had to say: @Bethenny: thanks guys! had a blast!
@A Fan: They were unfair to you, they were nicer to those who fell @Bethenny: Tonight I had fun! u guys will vote us through!
@Bethenny: So west coasters,what did u think about their assessment of my skating performance tonight?
Bethenny is clearly working hard to try to do it all and I get that she signed up for this and she knew she would be traveling from coast to coast every week but the blatant negativity that she had to stand there and take from the likes of the unknown Laurie Gibson and the weazel Johnny Weir was just a damn shame! Her face said it all, she was in shock yet maintained her professionalism and her smile while being wacked with a two by four.
And so Actress Sean Young was sent packing last night, she was clearly disappointed but was probably a good choice, she was awkward and timid on the ice and just couldn’t seem to relax and enjoy herself. Motley Crue member, Vince Neil is also in danger of going home being at the bottom of the score board. If you missed the show, you can watch the full episode on Hulu here:
And now from bad to worse, I finally checked out Jill Zarin’s new bedding line and I honestly looked at it without any pre-conceived notions and while I’ve seen worse, it just wasn’t my style. I prefer more interesting colors and clean lines, and more modern styles. Unless I’m missing something, Jill has released not only bedding but draperies to go along with them.
In the Bed Bath & Beyond ad, you can’t see the bottom of the drapes, it looks like there may be some pattern, possibly that matches the bedding on the bottom of some of these, but the photo doesn’t show the bottom of the drapes, I found that very odd. I would be interested to know how sales are going. You can view Jill’s latest offering here:
Jill is quoted in an article: “I created a luxurious decorator look that won’t cost you. For under $200.00 plus pillows, it looks like $3000.00 worth of bedding because I make it overseas and
you get value for your money.” Jill didn’t only make this clothing line for herself ‘” profits from the
bedding go to a good cause. Jill’s comments about having her bedding made overseas created a firestorm of controversary from critics. In her haste to tell fans she kept the price point down by making the bedding overseas, she failed to realize that she may be negatively effecting the US citizens who are out of work due to this type of behavior.
She forgot that materials and manufacturing are also part of the US economy and that she just insulted several different groups of people with her comments, and may have even negatively affected her sales.
I also have to note that while she mentions that a portion of the sales are going to charity, just like she did with her book, there are never any specfics provided by Zarin, what portion are going to charity? Which Charity? For all we know it could be half of one percent going to a charity that ensures all New York Socialites have the very latest designer handbags. Where is the money going Jill? Just saying that a “portion of the sales are going to charity” is not enough!