[Blind Gossip] When faced with a partner who is behaving very badly, most people think that the logical thing to do is to kick him to the curb and move on.
You see, bad men are necessary to this tight-knit group of TV women. As the leader of the group says in private, “They enhance the brand.”
You can’t have heroes without villains, and, with this group, the women are always the heroes and the men are always the villains.
The ideal male villain is externally “successful” (rich, famous, talented in his field) but internally “unsuccessful” (alcohol, drugs, mental illness, serial cheating, etc.). The more broken, the better.
The villain eventually does something bad. In response, the heroic women are always hurt yet forgiving; concerned yet nurturing; angry yet compassionate. In fact, the more the men screw up, the better the women look by comparison! And they can repeat those story lines over and over again.
That’s why the villains are kept around – sometimes for years – even when they screw up repeatedly. Their foibles are photographed and filmed and published to make them look as bad as possible… while the women script and rehearse and film their reactions to look as good as possible.
That’s why she will not be kicking this particular serial cheater to the curb anytime soon. Why should she? His bad behavior makes everyone want to love and protect her… and hate and vilify him.
He is enhancing her brand. He stays.
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[Optional] Do you think the men know that they are being used?