Wednesday, March 9, 2022

A Bastard Way to Treat a New Follower

A new follower on Mad About the Boy a while back, asked Simon Constable about the Jeanne De Recqueville biography of Valentino which Renato translated and I edited. The exchange (see below) is sickening to me for several reasons.

One... because Constable deters a new follower on Mad About the Boy from even mentioning the book at all. This when I believe anyone interested sincerely in Valentino should own and know De Recqueville's book. It is unique in many ways and has been cited as a source in every Valentino biography. Renato made it available in English for the first time.

Two...it is shocking Constable would ban any mention of the book and accuse the follower of “promoting” the book as if that was a sin.

Three... he is so rude to the person, it is hard to even read. What a bastard way to treat a new follower. Demanding a thank-you?

I post these two excerpts of the exchange about us and one of our books on Mad About the Boy, to show the moral fiber of Mad About the Boy and We Never Forget, the history of their censoring there and as proof they are doing exactly what I claim. And to call them out for having zero real interest in Valentino. Valentino for the “Valentino Studies Community” is a fantasy game... like fantasy football.

And here follows, Constable censoring some literature on Valentino (cult behavior) to a new follower and threatening their deletion from the group:


19 comments:

  1. Constable is imploding here, drunk on his imagined power as second in command of a niche FB group. It is clearly thrilling for him to sadistically browbeat an open hearted and intellectually curious participant. Karma came knocking for him however, and it was brutal. He was publicly rebuked and ejected from his leadership role by Gribbin, his former champion. Now he howls his Valentino dreams into the wind.

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  2. If this new member is interested in Valentino come over to this blog we can openly
    discuss things about Rudy in which they would find interesting.

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    1. Absolutely! 👆

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    2. What really got me was the fake names. Why the need to have aliases?I thought I made some new friends and then realized they were not real! I am very curious and felt silenced. This is the craziest experience I have ever had on the internet. It's like they think they own Valentino and no one else can have him.

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    3. Sounds scary to me.

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    4. Right! the Floris told the truth, and they did not like it. Obsessed over a book? They seem possessive of Valentino, how dare they shatter their image of him and how dare Rudy love Natacha, which proves he was not gay. But Rudy s truth will always come through even years from now.

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  3. Sir Constable's behavior is typical on MAtB. Even though he relinquished his exalted perch to Cindy...uh, Mary O'Martin, he continues to lurk. What is disgraceful about the above savage exchange with the Newbie is that the creator and administrator, Eleanor Gribbin, allowed Sir Constable to freely browbeat this person, even though she maintains that her forum is polite and civil to all. Sir Constable is the author of a blog promoting Andre Daven as Valentino's lover. He brazenly used De Recqueville's book to bolster his claims, secure in the knowledge that no one would ever read it, much less translate it. Thanks to Renato Floris, we can all read for ourselves that De Recqueville completely contradicts Sir Constable's fantasy and proves he is full of crap.

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    1. Gribbin’s claim that her forum is polite and civil to all is ludicrous, as this viciousness from Constable makes clear. But Gribbin herself is quite the guttersnipe as well. She shared with her members that she is a great fan of wrestling, which makes perfect sense (one can easily see her in her t shirt with a brewski in hand, yelling at the television). She enjoys members going at each other and signifies her pleasure by posting an emoji of spectator Snoopy sitting in a lounge chair with a tub of popcorn.

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    2. Sir Constable is obsessed with the Daven/Valentino “love story.” Even more ghoulish and weird though is his unwitting account of stalking Valentino by traveling to Castellaneta and scanning the young male population for echoes of Valentino’s features. Constable actually claims to have locked eyes with one delectable young man in a cinematic moment of thrilling sensuality. More likely the poor young man detected the carnivorous gaze of a predator and returned it only to signal disgust.

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    3. I believe that Constable was humiliated when Derecquevilles book came out. He was caught lying about Valentino.

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    4. Definitely shows that Constable was humiliated when Derecvilles book came out in English. Made him look foolish before MATB forum.

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  4. What a cast of characters at MAtB, WE NEVER FORGET & the Valentino Studies Community in general. Sounds like people whose lives are so empty that they seek to fill it up with all of the twisted drama that they can. However, nobody is ever truly safe in their world as one misstep can get your "cancelled" by the "leadership". Cindy Martin posted a windy narrative on how she was banished by her former Studies Community teammates when she ran afoul of them. I'm sure they all look over their shoulder in fear that they might be next if they incur the wrath of the crown.

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    1. Cindy Martin and her cohort, David Bret, are complete bores. They are persona non grata everywhere, but they managed to wriggle themselves onto the forums under ill-disguised aliases. Whether the admins know who they are or not is another story. If they don't know they are harboring these two cretins, then they are giving Martin and Bret their kicks. If they do know the persons hiding behind their phony names, then the admins are hypocrites to the core. Either way is immaterial to me. I want nothing to do with any of them. I am just interested in the truth about Valentino.

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  5. It is a great sadness to be treated in this way. What is our fault? Having done honest research? Not being driven by silly fantasies? Debunked the innuendo based “research” by those just out to prove certain ambiguous false truths.

    Our “fault” is that we do not lie, do not invent, do not disguise ourselves, do not use heavy offenses.

    We are open to accepting different opinions if they are not just delusional, equivocal dreams.

    We are open to dialogue if it is a dialogue and not just defending ourselves from absurd and crazy attacks.

    Kudos to those who support us, to the partisans of the truth! It's time to open the windows and let in fresh air and throw away the garbage that hides the real figure of Valentino. We defend ourselves and we will do it until our truth triumphs !!!

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    1. I concur completely with Mr. Floris!

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    2. Right! You did not lie about Rudy but told the truth. A truth that they did not like. Strange people.

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    3. Obsessing over a book that they did not like? How seriously disturbed is that? Hating Natasha because Rudy was deeply in love with her? They reconciled before he died, the newspapers wrote about that and the telegrams
      we're exchanged showing great affection. Natasha was packing to go to Hollywood to take care of him.Evelyn and Renato have done nothing wrong at all by showing the world how these two felt about each other.

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  6. The fact Hollywood hated Rambova only increases the respect I have for her.

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