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“Reader Emails,” Virginia Loves the “Bachelorette,” & a “Grease 2” Death

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Man, what a rough day on Monday. Did you see the tragic news of Tab Hunter’s death? Now maybe the name doesn’t immediately strike you, but any “Grease 2” fans out there should know him as Mr. Stuart, he being the originator of one of the greatest songs in cinematic history “Reproduction.” When I went down my rabbit hole of “Grease 2” a few months ago, I was fascinated to find how many people, like myself, love that movie. Like, there have been articles written about how much better it is than the original, even though it clearly got less fanfare. Hell, I think most people don’t even know there was a “Grease 2” that was released. I guess our subculture that are “Grease 2” diehards will always have each other to lean on during these tough times. I was pretty amazed though at the amount of love that movie gets in the “underworld” of the internet. I mean, you really gotta go look for it, but it’s there. I saw this one piece (and now I can’t remember where I saw it), that was like a dissertation on how “Grease 2” should be a movie all feminists should support, and how Stephanie Zinone (played by Michelle Pfeiffer), for that era, should’ve been a role model for women because she made the guy chase her, etc. I mean on and on and on it went. As silly as it seemed on the surface, I couldn’t believe what I was reading and by the end, I was fully convinced the Stephanie Zinone character could’ve led a Women’s Rights movement at some point.

Anyway, for those who have never seen it, and have always wondered, “How would teaching a class about plants ever have such a strong sexual undertone,” I give you “Reproduction”:

Juliet Litman’s “Bachelor Party” podcast was released yesterday and she had Robert Mills on, a frequent guest of hers. Quite a few interesting takes all around from both of them. They hit on the Lincoln stuff about 30 minutes in (along with Garrett), and his take is that he wishes fans would give ABC the heads up instead of, well without fully saying it, giving information about their contestants to me or other media outlets. It’s pretty funny. The other thing I found funny was their talk about the next “Bachelor,” and while Juliet discusses guys like Colton, Jason, and Blake, it’s not like Mills doesn’t ever step in and say, “Well what about Garrett?” I figured he’d at least keep Garrett an option for the unspoiled, but I guess even he’s given up trying to keep the worst kept secret going. Give a listen. Some good stuff this episode.

One thing they always talked about was the visit to Virginia, and I’m sure you’ve seen this article floating around in recent days that Virginia paid around $550,000 to bring the show to their state, which in turn is apparently worth $37 million in the long run to them. The original article is under a pay wall, and maybe they go in depth more about how that translates out, but geez. $37 million? I’d like to know how they figure basically a two hour commercial for the state can generate that much. Over what period of time? Seems like an over exaggeration. Obviously we know this show works on trade and having a whole episode dedicated to your city/state is certainly a bonus for their Tourism board, but that seems like an awful lot.

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  1. sc07

    July 11, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Am I the only person who sees how condescending RS is? For example the last email, why feel the need to be an asshole, I don’t find being a condescending asshole funny at all. If that’s how he feels, just don’t include the email. Yeah, I get it, it’s aggravating to be asked the same question over and over but just don’t include those emails. Just like he’d like to not get asked that question every week, I’d like to see one week that he’s not rude to his “fans”. I also don’t understand why most emailers feel the need to give him praise at the beginning of their emails, basically for just doing his job, especially since his spoilers haven’t been too good. Just look at the BIP spoilers this season. In seasons past he’d give most of them out while filming was going on but this year filming has ended and he’s not gave anything that with just a little digging we could’ve found ourselves. Someone else made a comment about the lack of spoilers this season and got a reply saying that he gave the full cast list, yes he did but it wasn’t until it was released to another site. He can say we’re spoiled but it’s what readers expect to find when they come to a spoiler site and it’s how he use to do things. He can say he’s waiting until he has everything before he releases them, but I think he’s lost his sources and having trouble getting them. We come to this site for spoilers and maybe some inside information but when we ask for information that he doesn’t have or doesn’t want to answer, he’s rude and condescending to his readers. And for the record, I, myself have never sent a readers email but just don’t like the way he treats some of the emailers. Just my opinion.

  2. tinyred500

    July 11, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    No, you’re not the only or first person to think RS is rude and condescending. Just look back over the last few years comments and you’ll see people stating what you have and more. He very often doesn’t even bother to answer a question or half answers it. In this post he couldn’t be bothered to Google The Duchess of Cambridge’s Sister’s name to confirm it for a reply (which is Pippa). I roll my eyes at a lot of his replies now, he’s very biased too. However, it’s his site and up to him how he wants to present himself.

    I’m opting to go spoil free for The Bachelor, which is pretty easy for me as I’m in Britain! 🙂

  3. rob22

    July 11, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t understand why ANYONE sends RS emails. I sent him one that I thought was pretty decent, and it generated like a one word answer. He puts zero thought into his answers, and gives half answers most of the time. This is why I don’t read the emails columns very often. They’re very long and the content is mostly the emailers asking long winded questions, followed by brief non answers and occasionally rude answers. I do like his site, but the email posts are terrible.

    I honestly wish he’d bring back the Dr. Reality Steve posts so that I can answer the questions. 🙂 That post seems to have gone bye-bye. He’s not even been soliciting them anymore.

  4. tinyred500

    July 11, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    @rob, RS was asking for Dr Reality Steve emails not that long ago…umm it all sort of went pear shaped after the Garrett social media thing. I hadn’t actually noticed they weren’t there, till you mentioned it.

  5. jlal

    July 11, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Rob22, RS probably stopped the Dr. Reality Steve posts because your answers/advice was way better than his!

    I have always thought he was condescending, even though at his intelligence level and with his subpar grammatical skills, it is an unearned privilege.

    I like Jason a little more now. Don’t know why, but I just noticed him recently and he is kind of cute and seems really nice.

    Wills seems medicated.

    Bad mouthing an ex was a huge red flag for me when I was dating. If they are going to bad mouth a person they vowed their life to and sometimes the mother of their children, then what would they say about me someday. I’ve never respected people who bad mouth their ex. It says way more about them than the ex. Also, it doesn’t indicate they think very highly of me, if they think I would appreciate them bad mouthing their ex. I’m not that insecure, shallow, or needy. RED FLAG Becca!

  6. upmyalley

    July 11, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Me thinks Stevo getting any spoilers may be heading south and he may soon be out of a job. Some of you have mentioned his bad attitude, lack of spoilers, and seemingly disinterest in his own site as of late. I hope he has a back up plan. Maybe his partner Smashly Spivey will throw him a bone to keep him alive a little while longer. In the meantime, I will still visit for a few tidbits here and there. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you Stevo.

  7. shenanigans

    July 11, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    As someone who writes for a living, I think that Steve takes risks with his column that he shouldn’t take because he doesn’t have the writing chops to pull them off. For example, it takes a fair amount of skill to give a snarky reply that doesn’t sound rude and condescending. Steve rarely hits the right note on that. As a result, his “clever” replies usually come off as rude.

    Second, he shouldn’t print questions that he doesn’t plan to answer. After awhile, it makes people wonder if he actually has the information that he claims to have.

    Third, Steve seems obsessed with being the “cool kid” who puts down other people who are less clever and witty. But, that only works when you actually know the people you are talking to and you really ARE too cool for school. Steve, to me, hasn’t “earned” the right to act that way. Most of the time, when Steve goes off on someone, the person (in my opinion) doesn’t deserve it. They just made the mistake of asking a question he didn’t feel like answering that day.

    No problem, set that question aside. Answer it another day. But, for god’s sake, don’t include it, only to try to impress us by being rude. LOL

  8. nickielson1

    July 12, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Can’t disagree about Steve’s rudeness and condescension at times, but that’s why we love him – not because he’s rude and condescending but because he’s unpolished and REAL. It’s refreshing on an interweb full of preening, posing, and posturing. He doesn’t suck up or sell out to anyone, not even his fans – he’s just himself, a very brave and rare thing these days for someone so visible in the public eye.

  9. jenscho

    July 12, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Yes,he is very sarcastic. He thinks it’s funny to act annoyed towards his fans. He mentioned once he doesn’t read comments to his posts. We should email him about this and see if he includes it in his reader emails.

  10. jenscho

    July 12, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    We should email him about this and see if he replies to us in reader emails. *he mentioned before he doesn’t read comments on his posts.

  11. jenscho

    July 12, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    One can still be real AND not be rude.

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