With the Ronnie and Mary conflict, who do you think is in the wrong? Who is in the right? What is the real reason for this fight?
Mary is wrong. Mary’s behaviour is passive-aggressive. She takes pot shots at Ronnie from behind a text or some other shield, and then plays a victim after she’s confronted with it. Ronnie on the other hand is reacting real time to her hurt and anger and that is why she comes across looking aggressive. Also, Mary is clever with how she handles Ronnie. In particular, Mary knows (after supposedly 17 years of friendship with Ronnie) where her Achilles’ heel is – alcohol. She knows that Ronnie does not look or sound good when she’s drinking and Mary uses that to her advantage. Pretty disgusting of Mary, the so-called “friend”?? So who is in the right? Ronnie. What is the real reason for this fight? Who knows?? As a bystander I can only judge based on the scene not based on the “17 years of relationship”.
If there’s an altercation and you’ve been left alone, would you want someone to stay behind with you?
Yes I do expect that from my REAL friends. But as far as these ladies go, I do not consider any of them as friends. They are just acquaintances which I had an opportunity to know better as a result of this show. They are very different to me in terms of backgrounds, interests and morals. If I am to be friendly with any of them I would have to compromise myself and who I am and as you know by now, I am not that sort of a person. Hence, I do not think it is realistic to think that any of them should support me. This is the perfect example where I would honestly say that I prefer to be left alone. I am a big girl and I can take care of myself.
Talk about your friendship with Ronnie. You both belong to clubs as previously mentioned. What else do you two have in common?
What I like about Ronnie is her honesty. She is the only girl out there who is straightforward about what she thinks and says it to one’s face (though it might not be justified or pleasant). Also I like the way she is with her kids and her commitment to charity.
Would you consider yourself a bully? Or are you just really honest?
I think that I am very honest and many people have a problem contending with that. But I cannot alter from who I am. I strongly believe that though my words might be painful in the short term, they are a true reflection of my opinion and hence, might serve some purpose in the long term. In business I learned that honesty is the best policy, I do not see why it should be any different in real life.
Now as far as me being termed as a bully by some of these ladies – I do not blame them. You see, they have spent very little time in a true business environment. Have they had the opportunity to work, they would know that my business like approach is common amongst people with my type of background. Also, have they had a proper job, they would not confuse my business like approach towards them with personal experiences they have had in past relationships with husbands/boyfriends.
Finally, I want to be very clear- I do not care if they think my opinion is valid or not nor do not care if they change as a result of what I tell them my opinion is. After all, that is what bullying is all about. Alas. They are of no interest to me. I therefore feel their use of the word “bullying” is out of context. Mary, Christina – get over yourselves.
What are your differences with Mary? It seems to stem from the fact that she doubted you were Jewish — how was that even brought up?
First time I met Mary in Whistler, she tells me she was sleeping with her ex-boyfriend (who has a new girlfriend by now) and that she has no problem with it. That alone speaks volumes about her – disloyal, conniving, untrustworthy, manipulative. I tell her she has to get therapy but what I really mean is that I do not have any respect for a woman with such loose morals. As I get to know her better I see how her sneaky immoral behaviour is turning against me. I hear Mary is making preposterous, slanderous, hurtful comments behind my back about me, my family and my business. The Jewish “piece of news” is but the tip of the iceberg as far as what I hear comes out of Mary’s mouth behind my back.
In that scene Mary’s true nature, her lack of breeding and manners have been fully exposed. To imply I lie about being Jewish, doesn’t get lower than that.
However, what was even more shocking about the whole scene is that she did not even own it!!! She was trying to imply that she was not the source of these rumours when I know for a fact that she was. How then can I have any respect or consideration for someone who is that phoney and superficial?! It is simply irritating and is the real reason why I dislike her so much.
So Mary, do not play the victim around me. I do not feel sorry for you. You are not a good person so stop pretending you are. My advice – go get yourself a solid story that truly represents who you really are instead of what you want other people to think of you. This is supposed to be a REALITY tv show.
As a fellow businesswoman, what did you think about Ronnie’s behaviour during her meeting with the creative agency and Jordan? She should really have been on Facebook?
Surprise, surprise – Jody Claman has no opinion on this one. Everyone is entitled to have a different approach to doing business. After all, what matters most at the end of the day is the end result – will she sell many bottles of wine? I wish her all the best!!!
Should she have really spoken to strangers about her problems with Mary?
Sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger about your problem then to someone you know. But who am I to judge? I never air my dirty laundry.
What are your thoughts on Reiko’s modelling?
Good for her. I love that she has the looks and the courage to model at her age.
Why do you think it hit Reiko at the last possible minute that she’s much older than all the other models?
It is intimidating don’t you think? After all, there is a reason why most successful models nowadays are in their teens and early twenties.
Looking back, does any part of you feel bad for Mary? Should you have gone easier on her (when you got the other girls to leave the drink tent at the fashion show)?
The show, due to time limitations, can only capture snippets of what really goes on behind the scenes and of the true characters of the persons involved in the scene. To me, Mary is a troublemaker. She is stirring the pot in all relationships she is party to – her ex-boyfriend, Ronnie, myself even Christina (was she not the one who revealed the secret about Christina having an affair with Ronnie’s ex-husband???). Yet she never takes responsibility for her actions. This is clearly a disturbing behaviour of a troubled, immature person. I do not appreciate that.
So Mary, do you have something to say? Say it to my face. And most importantly, keep it professional – do not go after my heritage and my kids. It is irrelevant to our relationship or your opinion of me.
So do I feel sorry for Mary? No. I feel sorry for myself and everything I hold dear as we have all been victims of Mary’s bullying lips.