Ok. Finally saw the episode. Sheesh there is a LOT of stuff missing/distorted. If I didn’t live that episode I wouldn’t have recognized it. Let’s start at the very beginning, because that is a very good place to start.
MTV approached me and asked me to be on this show. I originally said no, but after lots of promises to make me look great, I gave in. They told us it would be like Gossip Girl but in the Hamptons and were going to follow me as I went to clubs and parties.
For those of you outside of this small (and usually unimportant) velvet rope circle, ChiChi212 is a nightlife blog. I usually report on news and gossip for a handful of nightclubs. I break some stories and I am almost always in trouble with owners and publicists. In the summer I go out to the Hamptons because the nightlife scene migrates there. I don’t go for the tress, the beach or the tennis. I am a city kid and think the Hamptons is pretty boring, but that is exactly why people go.
Anywho, the show was originally about summer shares but Ashleigh said “we can’t be in a share house on national television!!!” So I told her if you want to do something different then you set it up. She did very very well. She got us a comp’d Smart Car from Mint Cars, a free summer at HRH’s Capri Hotel, and fabulous clothing from Tikka (the swimsuit coverups) and Domenico Vacca (the polo and party outfits).
We were getting along great until we realized MTV was trying to play us and we threatened to quit the show. So they found other ways to get the footage they wanted. I’m sure people who actually live in the Hamptons hated the show and I do not blame them. What was aired was not the Hamptons most people experience. Hell, it wasn’t even the Hamptons I’ve experienced in the three summers I’ve gone. MTV did what they wanted to do to get ratings. I will leave it at that lest I get served.
Important things they left out/screwed up:
- They don’t show us going to a SINGLE party during this episode (and opening weekend of polo does not count.) That’s the, um “fabulous” part of it all. No mention of Pink Elephant, Dune, Georgica or Day & Night. No pool parties, no BBQs, no dinners, nada. Way to change the focus of the show. Gossip Girl my ass.
- Ashleigh and I have been friends for about five years and we are still friends. We spent more time together while filming this show than we did in the five years we were friends combined. You learn a LOT about people when you spend that much time with them and you are bound to fight when you spend every single waking minute with someone.
- I started my first semester of law school while filming this. Literally the same weekend, hence me being overwhelmed, oversensitive and completely stressed. I mean I CRIED!!! People have known me for 10 years and have never seen me cry. And I cried on the last damn day of filming. Ridiculous.
- Devorah Rose, from High Society was completely cut out of the episode. She gave us awesome makeovers and flew me out to the Hamptons in her helicopter. That may have been the best part about filming this.
- Ashleigh and I really didn’t fight as much as it seems. And we were mostly fighting because the powers that be were making us do/say things that we normally wouldn’t. She isn’t that much of a bitch and I’m not that dramatic. Ok, those are lies but we’re not that bad. At least I don’t think we are.
Oh and in terms of the whole race card thing. I have been the “token” black girl as long as I can remember. It’s been so long that I barely notice and don’t really care. It’s something I keep in the back of my mind, because it keeps shit in perspective, but I don’t run around pronouncing or denouncing my blackness. Lots of people are black. It’s really not that serious.
MTV was pushing for this angle the whole time we were filming and Ashleigh and I wouldn’t give it to them because we thought it was a stupid concept to have the show focus on. And while I’m sure there are “old money racist” people in the Hamptons, I do not run in their circle, nor do I have a desire to, nor would they ever let me in. When you’re in the Hamptons you don’t feel like you’re in Mississippi in the 50s. People are grilling, swimming, and drinking for most of the day. It’s like summer camp. Everyone I hang out with in the Hamptons lives in the city the rest of the year and we all get along fine. Again, the whole “black thing” totally not an issue, but MTV found three combined minutes of footage and ran with it. Everyone who knows me said “you don’t even act like that.” I know guys. I am aware.
But these producers are professionals and one of them got into a pretty heated discussion with Ashleigh over the Hamptons being so “homogeneous” and I jumped in and tada, the whole teary racism discussion was had. Meanwhile I was freaking out because I SHOULD have been studying for finals. It’s sad that this is the way reality tv operates but it is a risk Ashleigh and I decided to take for the D-List fame that comes with being on a reality TV show.
I’ve gotten some messages from people loving the show and some from people hating it, and to each his own. You don’t get to the top sitting on your ass and reality tv is the quickest way to get your name out there.
Check back here in about a month because ChiChi212 v. 4.0 is going to be bananas. And check out Joonbug.com, the other site I am the editor of which will also be relaunching in three weeks, to get more national news (music, food, fashion and celebrities).
If nothing else, thanks for watching and helping my blog traffic hit a number I have never thought possible.