Carole Radziwill is taking to her Bravo Blog to talk about #BookGate with Aviva Drescher. Carole says she could take legal action against Aviva’s slanderous accusations and slams Drescher for bringing up her family “The Kennedys” during their fight.
Carole writes, “Three things about this episode:
1. Slandering a person’s career is legally actionable.
2. Age-shaming women is abhorrent.
3. Attacking someone’s family is, too.
AvivaÂ claimsÂ this is the dumbest fightÂ in Housewife history but I promise you, it’s not. She gets into even dumber fights later on, stay tuned.
So first,Â Slander.Â Aviva lied on the show and then to cover up her lies she slandered my career on national television. On a show where not showing up for a dinner can launch a three-episode throwdown this isn’t some dumb “reality” fight. It’s not a joke, and she knows it and her publisher knows it. The lies she is promoting in the press and social media, and of course her scenes on RHONY, are all legally actionable. You can call someone a lousy writer. You can say you hate their book. You can even call a person “white trash” but you can’t go on television and slander a person’s career. It’s illegal, even on reality shows.
Second,Â Family. Aviva says she â€œhates meâ€ in press interviews and calls me “Satan” on Twitter, that’s fine. She casually slanders my career (how I make a living) and also that of my former editor, Bill Whitworth. But that’s not enough. She also speaks in a disparaging way toward my late husband’s family. Really? Okay, Vivs. I hope that made you feel good. This is a television show. How low does she need to stoop to stay relevant?
Aviva should fact-check, or ask her Village to. I didn’t marry into the Kennedy family, I married AnthonyÂ Radziwill. I’m proud of him and his family, the Radziwills. They exist, they’re real, and they are separate from the Kennedys. It’s a family with cousins, like most families, but my in-laws are theÂ Radziwills, Aviva. Have some respect, and if you must name drop, get it right.
My husband passed away nearly 15 years ago, and I have a friendly relationship with his extended cousin family, the exact one I want to have. I am very close to my mother-in-law, Lee, we see each other often. We enjoyed a vacation this past winter together with family friends, and ironically, I went to a wedding the day after Aviva’s attack with some of the Kennedy family and we had a nice time catching up. Aviva couldn’t sink lower if you stuffed her leg with rocks.
Third,Â Age-Shaming. Guess what? I’m 50! I should be drawn and quartered, I should have it seared on my chest. Aviva’s derogatory attitude toward women is repulsive. Even her image consultant friend flinches. I’m happy with my age. I celebrate women of all ages. Isn’t it time to stop our ageist culture where women are meant to feel bad about a number? I don’t feel bad about mine. No woman should. Last season she tried to age-shameÂ Ramona. I might understand a little better if Aviva was “young” and didnâ€™t understand how incredibly offensive she sounds, but she’s 45. (She lies and says 40, of course).
What Aviva said under her breath just loud enough for me to hear, by the way was — “At least I’m not 50 years old, without a husband.”
Is all of this because I said she hired a ghostwriter? She did.
Aviva has been comparing her “process” to Hillary Clinton in the press, by the way. Hillary was the First Lady of the United States, a Senator, a presidential contender, and our Secretary of State. She wasn’t a woman on a reality show trying to create a storyline.
Wait, I buried the lede in this first scene — I finally met Harry! This gets my vote for funniest moment in the episode. Even after being attacked and insulted I still keep my sassy!
How many times do I remind Aviva that she has never worked outside the home? OK, yes, a few. But she hasn’t. Just like I’ve never done the work, or had the privilege, of raising a family. What I wanted to say but couldn’t because of the show, is that she turns up this season as a writer talking about how fun it is to write and it’s totally disingenuous. Also, it’s just dumb. Raising a family is work and an honor but it isn’t publishing. Or being a doctor or accountant or sous chef for that matter. Don’t lecture me on my job and I won’t lecture you on yours. That’s how that works. If I had kids I hope I’d be lucky enough to be a stay at home mom. I presume it would be equally difficult and rewarding.”
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