Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Renato Floris Commentary on Eleanor Gribbin

When I received a few screenshots forwarded to me by a Good Samaritan, I was reminded of an episode which happened to the Valentinos during their Mineralava tour and related by Evelyn in her book Affairs Valentino.

I quote that episode here:

“In advance of the tour's arrival, George was often contacted by local dignitaries requesting a private meeting with the Valentinos. In Rochester, Minnesota the eminent Dr. Walter Mayo made such a request by inviting Rudy, Natacha and George to tour his clinic, including the psychiatric wards housing the most afflicted patients.This seemingly harmless invitation turned out to be a hair-raising experience for Rudy.

As Dr. Mayo escorted his guests down one corridor of the women's ward, the female patients began shrieking and rattling the metal doors of their cells. When some of them recognized Rudy, they began clawing at him through the door's barred windows. The resulting bedlam became so deafening and terrifying that the stroll through the asylum was cut short. Natacha consoled her visibly shaken husband as she whisked him out the nearest exit, while George diplomatically concluded the visit with Dr. Mayo.”

My opinion is that in some Valentinian circles there are many honorary citizens of Rochester, Minnesota, all worthy of residing at Dr. Walter Mayo's psychiatric clinic.

Today I acknowledge the honorary citizen, Ms. Eleanor Gribbin. In her group which, coincidentally is titled Mad About the Boy, she warns all members of the group to never ask a single question about Evelyn or about her books.

Both Evelyn's and my names, like our works, are overtly banned by Eleanor Gribbin from any discussion.

In one of her most recent posts, Gribbin, administrator of the Mad About the Boy group, sternly confirmed that any question or discussion relating to Evelyn Zumaya or her books is banned from the group and that no explanations are needed because the administration of the group has the “right” reasons for that demand.

No, Ms. Gribbin, it is not enough to just dismiss a question of this type in this way.

Today I ask you to directly explain to me and to the public, exactly what is your “right” reason for this despotic edict. What gives you any “right” to banish even the mention of our names and work on Valentino to a group devoted to Valentino? What is your, “just cause”? If you wish you can e-mail me with your answers here: viplibri@libero.it.

I also wonder how is it possible that any one would join, in 2022, a group issuing censorship of literature commands and itemizes names of authors never to be mentioned. How could anyone want to be a part of a group which goes to that lengths to avoid "annoying arguments" just because they contradict the "dogmas" carried forward by the administrators? For me any such group is not worth joining at all! And censorship of literature is a hallmark of a cult. 

I'm sure that I won't receive any reply to my question unless Ms. Gribbin is given her response to send to me. I really feel she doesn't know what to say on her own because she repeats, like a parrot, that dogma which has be inculcated in her lost mind!

Let's make sure that Valentino doesn't have his hair raised for an eternity! Enough of that mad howling.

18 comments:

  1. Just brilliant Renato! Ms. G’s proper place in the Valentino story has finally been identified. She is indeed one of the deprived, mentally unstable women clawing at Valentino en masse behind bars in the Mayo Clinic. Not, as she would have it, Valentino’s pregnant spouse blissfully prepping his lunch in a blue bowl in the Falcon Lair kitchen!

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  2. I don't know what to do. I like the photos and stories on MATB, but I dislike censorship. I actually fear posting because what if it's something from your books. They have fake names and profiles and now have preplanned conversations.There was another forum that is now defunct by CM that would banish people. I'd like to have a conversation with them on the forum but I fear all it would do is get me banished. I've never seen anything like it. I try to think"What would Rudy want me to do."

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    1. I can not see any dilemma here. I am sure Rudy would want you to have nothing at all to do with people like that. Why would anyone fear being banished by that band of hoodlums? Unless they were one too.

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  3. Why worry about being banished from a group like that. You do not deserve even being on them, you deserve better. If they cannot and will not discuss things on there and censor everything that has to do with Affairs Valentino and the Floris books, well there has to be a better group on Valentino than that.

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  4. Isn't Eleanor Gribbon the one who called Evelyn insane , just for reading her book on podcasts ? Talk about being desperate.

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    1. I believe that was Cindy Martin who called me insane in various different contexts. Not sure though.

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    2. Yes, Gribbin has characterized Zumaya’s works as the ravings of a madwoman. Gribbin is monstrous. Zumaya has unearthed the Valentino probate files, Ullman’s 1975 memoir, Cue’s biography of Valentino, Rambova’s play All That Glitters, and I’m just getting started. She has, unlike the Valentino jackals who oppose her, earned the respect and patronage of the great Michael Morris. By contrast, Gribbin has produced photos of herself wearing a grimace and a grimy t shirt while clutching Valentino memorabilia and shared cringeworthy fantasies. Who is the madwoman?

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  5. Very low to call Evelyn insane.

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  6. There are several historical figures whom were deemed heretics by the church and total fools by their colleagues. Copernicus tried to tell them that the earth revolves around the sun. Ignaz Semmelweis tried to promote hand washing prior to surgery to prevent infection. They were threatened, laughed at, and scorned. Any blog or group who insists on banning of any mention of Evelyn and her books for discussion is just ignorant. Who does that? Communist leaders do it and also anyone who has a lot of money to lose because their basic premise is being threatened. Big shocker: if they were to allow the open discussion and exchange of ideas on their blogs and forums people would start to realize that (gasp!) maybe Rudy was really a heterosexual!!! Why would anyone have a reason to buy their books if they started to question the party line?

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  7. I would not darken the doorstep of that group anymore after finding out that they reject these fine works of scholarship.

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  8. Where is the evidence that Rudy was gay ? Why do they not show proof ?

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  9. It seems that they were enraged to hear that Rudy contacted syphillis from a prostitute. Believe that destroys the argument Rudy was gay.

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  10. Now they're over there saying that AFFAIRS VALENTINO is nothing but fanfiction. Can you imagine the nerve they have?

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    1. Tracy Terhune has tried since Affairs Valentino was first published in 2011 to call it "fan girl fiction". If that was so why would he spend some 12 years trying to silence the book? He knows exactly what it is and once said the following about it: After he chased the woman who published the first edition and her father through a court house and into a parking lot, the woman's father asked Terhune, "What will it take for you to stop harassing my daughter?" He answered, "She has to guarantee Affairs Valentino will never happen again." So the woman had nothing to do at all with the book by then and it goes to show you how terrified Terhune is that the truth will come out. He issued those denigrating and completely false sound bites about me and he originated them. Affairs Valentino is hardly fiction. If fiction is being passed off as fact, it is by Terhune, Bret, Constable, Martin, Hill and Gribbin on Madness About the Boy and We Never Forget.

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  11. Affairs Valentino is still going strong.

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    1. Indeed it is. And all one has to do is take a look at the rankings on Amazon to see Affairs Valentino about 2.5 million ahead of TRT's books. Facts don't lie.

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  12. That is quite an accomplishment.

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