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Marion Grasby Warns This Years Masterchef Contestants To Stay Away From Online Forums

I have given Marion Grasby a fair bit of blog loving, and I am a bit peeved she has told Masterchef Australia contestants to stay away from online forum so they don’t see the negative things written about them.

The article in Nine MSN said:

MasterChef 2010 series runner up Marion Grasby has warned this year’s contestants to stay away from internet forums to avoid the online abuse — and even death threats — that dogged the stars of My Kitchen Rules.

Gasby, 28, told ninemsn contestants should prepare themselves for the fact some people would be critical and nasty toward them.

“There’s always going to be people who criticise you, whether you’re on a TV show, whether you’re an accountant, whether you’re an architect,” she said.

“You just have to try and ignore it… there’s people who say bad things about me, there’s people who say bad things about anyone.”

Somehow I don’t think this year’s like previous series contestants be able to resist seeing what people are saying about them on the internet. I think they just have to realise some people are going to love them and others dislike them.


1 littlepetal { 04.24.11 at 10:12 pm }

But, but, but…… we have been very nice. We only discuss what we saw on the TV. They should know that it is not a personal attack. If they can’t take the heat they shouldn’t put themselves on live TV!!!

2 brain dead dave { 04.24.11 at 10:13 pm }

She was the frump that made the lumpy Satay sauce,right? Yawn.

Reality TV fodder are fools if they only listen to the feedback given by the judges /mentors/family and frenzied audiences.

If they want people to say nice things about them…there’s always

3 Reality Raver { 04.24.11 at 10:46 pm }

Little Petal – Exactly we are commenting on the editing. Jeff Probst said the editing of the contestants is why they don’t allow a public vote on the editing of sole survivor.

Brain Dead Dave – Half of the frenzy that happens about Masterchef is online.

4 davsimp { 04.24.11 at 10:51 pm }

Crock of horse shit. They won’t be able to stay away. And if they do, more fool them. How else do they expect to get realistic feedback? Besides, some of them need to have their bubbles burst. I can’t wait to read RR’s masterchef blogs and the readers comments. Bring it on.

5 Mia { 04.25.11 at 10:35 am }

I’ve never read anything but positive feedback about Marion on the TV forums/blogs I frequent. If anything, it’s been the outpouring of love her and outrage over her premature elimination through all forms of social media that have kept her in the spotlight and given her a post-Masterchef career, so I really don’t understand her beef.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Marion!

6 davsimp { 04.25.11 at 11:33 am }

Well said Mia. Plus she was all over RR when she was sent the link to here about her Thailand cooking show and new spice range in Woolies.

7 Reality Raver { 04.25.11 at 11:46 am }

Mia – Good point it is interesting how people like the social media for when it is positive for them (this is not just an issue for reality TV stars) but when there is a backlash or negativity people get critical about it.

For example how will Megan Gale feel when someone iphones her with her hot footy player boyfriend and tweets it after she did those tweets about what those girls said? It is interesting issues here with the use of social media.

By the way I won’t condone death threats on this blog. However a healthy discussion on what we are shown on the editing of the show is fine. The whole Joanne Zalm thing was about her only being shown as a sour puss, I am sure there were moments where she smiled etc.

8 Sourkraut { 04.25.11 at 1:45 pm }

Poor ickkle diddums!
I was one of the unspeakable swine that did not worship at her altar. Why? Because I didn’t like the way everyone else portrayed her as a saint and second because many times her concoctions did not APPEAR as mega orgasmic as the gee gees painted them to be and it APPEARED that she was over favoured by the show, which added to the perception that the whole thing was rigged.
Finally I felt far more sorry for poor Joanne Zalm who actually was attacked by bigots on the flimsy excuse that she was cunningly portrayed by ten as being bitchy. wake up people, this is UN reality tv! An article in yesterday’s Sun Herald’s “the guide” even says “Yes its manufactured and contrived but reality tv is about constructing narratives. Selective editing is essential to create STORYlines and dramatic tensions”
Naturally viewers will react to the propagandistic drivel they are fed. That ARSEHOLE Gobbels knew and used that and certain other groups have learned and used the lesson well since then.

9 Reality Raver { 04.25.11 at 2:20 pm }

Sourkraut – exactly what reality TV is all about. But that is why it generates soooo much conversation and why we emotionally connect with contestants.

10 AnnyB { 04.25.11 at 5:30 pm }

I had a look at the article and don’t feel that she was speaking about herself specifically but merely about some of the forums (not this one, of course) where some of the comments can be downright vicious.

I saw Marion at the Home Wine and Food Show in the Hordern Pavilion at Moore Park demonstrating her Thai food range. Her presentation was not up there with the likes of Moran, Manu etc. but not too bad. Best of all, everyone scored one of her food packs.

11 Reality Raver { 04.25.11 at 6:14 pm }

AnnyB – what is her range like – have you tasted it yet?

I think one of the things contestants should realise these days that the online chatter is a positive and negative ramifications.

12 AnnyB { 04.25.11 at 8:43 pm }

Haven’t tried it yet. The one I got was Thai Satay Sticks and according to the pack makes 20. The others are Green Curry, Red Curry, Basil and Chilli Stir-Fry and Fish Cakes. Nothing really new.

13 Sourkraut { 04.25.11 at 9:51 pm }

All fine and good, but it would be much better if, in investing the emotional connection, we did not KNOW that our emotional investment had been given the boot on the grounds of race, creed, colour or personality, rather than on SHOCK, HORROR their ability.
Why could this, (fairdinkumness) even with all the orchestration and manipulation to create a narrative and tension, not be used to decide the outcome?
Or would that reduce the interest in the show and the related comments?
Bit like newspapers, I guess, sheeple dont want to hear good news.

14 Paul { 04.26.11 at 8:41 am }

That only your interpretation of why people get the ‘boot’. By and large the outcomes on MC are completely fair.

I hear what Marion is saying. Its unfortunate that you have to be so social media savvy these days and not naively go on to shows such as MC for the experience and competition alone.

There are a hell of a lot of anonymous gutless peanuts out there who now have a voice thanks to the internet. Unfortunately thats life and its only going to get worse unless the libel laws in this country are changed.

15 Sourkraut { 04.26.11 at 9:21 am }

Hi Paul
Back on ten’s payroll I see.
I can only go by the evidence I see on the show. Whereas PERHAPS the final two in these types of “competitions” are among the top 4, there are far too many blatant cases where contestants have been booted well before their time, based on other than their ability or inability. My innate laziness prevents me from going back to previous postings to give you egs of this.
Anyhoo welcome back, I missed your supportive comments on channel 7’s MKR!
BTW are you advocating that other labour party peanut’s policy of censoring the internett?

16 Paul { 04.26.11 at 10:04 am }

Have never been so offended in my life. Linking my name to the Labor Party.

Tried to watch MKR but just couldn’t get into it.

I look forward to reading your interesting observations once again this MC season.

17 brain dead dave { 04.26.11 at 12:57 pm }

The internet also gives a voice to moronic turds like you, Paul,who when things don’t roll their way accuse other bloggers of posting under different names. Your catalogue of biased lunacy is there for all to see.

18 Reality Raver { 04.26.11 at 2:32 pm }

Hey guys, come on you are all regular and valued commenters let us try not to have the fighting that occurred last year on the Masterchef blog posts. Let us just respect other peoples views, as you are all articulate and funny.
BTW Paul is not on the Channel Ten payroll, however guys what is wrong with the Labor Party? LOL.

19 Reality Raver { 04.26.11 at 2:37 pm }

Also Sourkraut I would be interested to know how our own values, gender and race subliminally makes us barrack for a certain contestant on a reality TV show like Masterchef.

I was also thinking that an Asian would not win this year – due to one winning last year, however I am starting to change my opinion on that, as the most successful people from the show apart from Julie Goodwin have been Asian.
Marion, Poh and Adam Liaw, which is a good reflection on the demographic of our country. On what other show in this country are asians so positively portrayed? Either reality show or drama? Actually this might make a good blog post. going off to think….

20 Paul { 04.26.11 at 2:45 pm }

Don’t know where that comment came from BDD, as I’ve never (or rarely) had a problem with either you or Sour.

Sure I disagree now and then but thats what makes the comments section of this blog so good. If we all agreed then it would be pretty boring. So long as an argument can be justified then I am happy to hear it out and then either agree or disagree.

Not sure if we want to start a political discussion here, RR….

21 Paul { 04.26.11 at 2:49 pm }

Australians are more tolerant than what we are told we are I think and this is reflected in our reality show winners.

We’ve had Casey Donovan win OZ Idol, Dave the farmer win Big Brother, two finalists of Asian background in MC last year and one on MKR this year.

Also had minority background contestants and winners in SYTYCD and that Fashion Design show (name escapes me now).

People are so much more accepting these days.

22 Sourkraut { 04.26.11 at 3:24 pm }

Surely you are not talking about my pre-dilection for blondes???????????????? I go for them strictly on the basis of their competence.
As to what’s wrong with the labour party, nothing really.. I just dont like the idea that the internet will be censored. After all, we are not all (hopefully,) users of child pornography. The trouble with censorship is that the baby gets thrown out with the bath-water, and each side of politics will tend to censor the ravings of the other side. As Paul correctly says we are all allowed different opinions. BTW Paul, if everyone was made to put their full name and number to their postings on the internet, then you can bet there will be other arseholes who come to their homes and at best chuck a brick through their windows. I think noone wants that, ERGO the only place left to voice an opinion without such things happening is on the net anonymously, probably why they want to censor it!
If said opinions upset reality show contestants, well that’s too bad, they dont have to go on the shows, and provided the opinions are not outright harmful I can see no problem. If for eg I say someones fod looks toxic it is probably because it duz!
Thus endeth the rave for the day

23 Sourkraut { 04.26.11 at 3:33 pm }

BTW , if you check my previous postings you will find I favoured Jimmy (Indian), Adam Liaw (Asian), Joanne (Lebanese), 2 of the 3 of whom were NOT the anointed ones so I think I have demonstrated a fair degree of impartiality on race creed and gender

24 Reality Raver { 04.26.11 at 3:35 pm }

Sourkraut – yes I have noticed your predilection for blondes, as I have for six packs….
No I was actually posing it as a rhetorical question and was wondering what things trigger us to like a person. Obviously editing helps to manipulate us, but our inner values/beliefs must also sway us.

25 brain dead dave { 04.26.11 at 4:02 pm }

I know of at least two children who bawled their eyes out when Marion was booted last year. The show attempts to manipulate us all,with varying degrees of success.

The producers probably would like to keep race ,creed and gender issues out of the shows and I agree with Paul that the diversity of winners reflects that.
There are some truly awful exceptions that I recall. The clearly anti Asian sentiments expressed by winner Terri Reid during Big Brother 08(?). She had a real axe to grind aginst “people from overseas”. The producers were happy to let it roll prime time.

The embarrassing reaction of contestant Saxon to Asian contestant Nobi entering the Big Brother house in the same series. Then the subsequent demonizing of Nobi via the editing suite.

26 Reality Raver { 04.26.11 at 7:42 pm }

brain dead dave – Interesting what you say about the BB – I did not watch that season as I felt the show had jumped the shark by that stage. If that is the case it is shameful of producers, and hopefully why people stopped watching.

27 Sourkraut { 04.26.11 at 9:52 pm }

i almost always go for the perceived underdog (been a St kilda supporter for 45 years! SIGH!!!!!). As to food, I guess I’m just a contrary old sourkraut, as I dont happen to think everything French or Italian is world beating (got nothing against either of them personally). Some of it is delicious, some of it is crap. I just get highly annoyed when the sheep try to tell me that everything of that ilk is marvellous just because of where it comes from or the accent of the presenter.
OOPS scuse me… I’ve just discovered my flies undone! (old BIGGLES book… Biggles flies undone)
BDD No wonder I only ever watched one ep of Big brother.

28 brain dead dave { 04.26.11 at 10:54 pm }

After the turkey slap incident it should have been thereafter called Big Brothel. It will be interesting to see if Network Ten can squeeze as many golden eggs out of Ma$terchef.

29 Sourkraut { 04.26.11 at 11:11 pm }

Well Dave
You know what they say “when you’re on a good thing flog it to death”

30 wallah { 04.27.11 at 2:25 am }

Hmmm….you know it’s MC time when there are comments a happenin’. I’m amazed that anyone appearing on a reality tv show wouldn’t consider the Internet Hate Machine as part and parcel of the whole deal….this is not 2001. Paul’s correct, there are peanuts who just love to take it too far because they can anonymously, but by and large the comments here are not only constructive, but informed!

31 AnonyMousse { 04.27.11 at 10:33 pm }

Weh-Hey, it’s that time of the year again! I’ll get the internet hate going early by saying that the 3rd cook from the left in the third shot of the contestants in the first episode couldn’t cook their way out of a paper bag and should hang their head in shame! (No, I don’t know who that is yet, but if they do turn out to be useless or controversial I can claim I called it.)

Doesn’t the Australian version of the Amazing Race also start up in May? Is there something significant or auspicious about that month for Australian Reality Shows I’m not aware of that has caused the scheduling?

32 Reality Raver { 04.27.11 at 11:08 pm }

AnonyMousse – LOL good call. BTW I am finding every month is reality TV month on TV

33 Culinary Boner { 04.28.11 at 1:35 pm }

She should be issuing this more salutory warning::–
Stay clear of – and definitely no playing ‘hide the sausage’ (whilst in the pantry trying to escape George’s helpful advice) – with greasy-haired bearded guys who claim that their missus/girlfriend doesn’t understand them and tell you that you and them could forge a blissful cooking career-partnership-bondage relationship together… “whatcha reckon love?…oh, sorry guess you can’t speak with ya mouth full”.

Whilst in Melbourne the other week had dinner a Josie Bones. No sign of Chris B – ‘cept for his leering photo on a rack of his books – but Julie appeared to be slavin’ away in the kitchen. Pretty good place though. Beer super, especially the great choice of interesting quality beer on tap. Food good, but not quite a match in quality for the beer. Would recommend any foodies who like a well done concept check it out. No vegos or Michelle Bridges types though, it’d be wasted on ya –

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