I found myself watching an E True Hollywood Story called: Joe, Ashlee, and Jessica Simpson. It must have been done before Jessica and Nick broke up – because it ended with no reference to it – and ended with Jessica and Nick continuously talking about how strong their marriage was, and how they tried not to listen to the tabloids.
But my main concern – the thing I was mainly struck by – was the overwhelming creepiness of that father.
I don’t know how to say it without sounding all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse melodramatic – but I was listening to him talk in some interview he gave – and I felt like I was looking at the face of sheer evil.
Not because he seems evil. Or because he cackles with maniacal glee. Oh, no. He is a person of the lie. He is open, friendly, seemingly a good guy – but deep down? There is something WRONG in there. There is something MISSING.
Nothing wrong with trying to make a buck. But the way he talks about his daughters – the way he objectifies them – I’m not talking about sexually or anything – it’s just that he seems to look at them and see dollar signs. He is able to say with complete certainty who Jessica is, who Ashlee is – in terms of their marketing potential – He can “promote” them because he has no love for them. They are money-making machines. And again, that’s fine, good for them – but at what cost to that family? He can’t stop.
There was a section where he described “pitching” the Newlywed show to MTV. It was his idea, his brainchild. Now … I don’t know … maybe I’M nuts … but the fact that he wanted to capitalize on his daughter’s marriage is creepy. Where was Jessica’s say in all of this? She seems like a pretty down-to-earth girl, kind of silly, unselfconscious – I’m not saying that show wasn’t entertaining. It was. But … it just creeped me out – hearing Joe Simpson describe how he “pitched” Jessica as the star of a TV show to the executives. You’d have to hear it to know what I’m saying.
There’s a difference between a father being completely appreciative of his daughter’s sense of humor, her heart, her funniness – whatever – and seeing those good qualities and thinking: “How can I make a buck off of this?”
What will happen if those girls have off years?
The Newlywed show put such heat on Jessica and Nick’s marriage that it is now ended. How does Daddy Simpson live with that? I am sure he is trying to find yet another money-making angle of his now divorced daughter. Jessica in Divorce Counseling! Whatever. The fact that her life was torn apart by HIS IDEA – is immaterial to him.
Also – I have to quote my sister Jean – during Ashlee’s year of hell, my sister Jean said something like: “She should be walking through the halls of high school, talking on her cell phone, and doing her homework. She has no business being in the limelight.”
I will admit to liking that “La La” song – but again: as opposed to just letting his daughter develop maybe in her own way – No, that would not be fast enough for Daddy Joe, and it also might not be lucrative for HIM. He needed to control it. So whaddya know – he pitched a reality TV show again, this time surrounding Ashlee recording her first “album”. Now – I got no beef with reality TV. I enjoy a lot of it. I find it relaxing and fascinating to watch. But something about his insistence on airing his daughters’ dirty laundry – is gross. Dude – give them some privacy. They may want to be celebrities as well – it sounds fun to be famous!! But Ashlee was thrust onto this national stage – by that father – and whaddya know – she fell on her face so badly that her flub-ups will be referenced forever. The SNL debacle – being booed at the Orange Bowl … I don’t fault Ashlee for ANY of that. So what that she wants to be famous? Does that mean she SHOULD be? How ’bout – oh, I don’t know – SENDING HER TO COLLEGE?? He doesn’t care about any of that stuff. Her father wanted to make a buck off of Ashlee too – so he thrust her out onto this stage, and in no way was she ready for any of that. She paid no dues, did not know how to sing (live or otherwise) – it was unfair. It was unfair to do to her. You know, being a live singer actually takes some – you know – skill – and it also takes practice to get good at it. He just thought that he could “market” her to death and no one would notice that she had no talent. Then – when she failed miserably on SNL – he comes out and makes some creepy statement about “acid reflux”. He is just FAR TOO INVOLVED in every little BURP his daughters utter. BACK OFF, evil man.
I can’t help it: I am fascinated by what goes on behind closed doors in that family. WHO IS THIS MAN??
Also – he has a little earring in his left ear, and I just found that even more creepy.
The face of evil. People of the lie. He’s one of ’em.