Toni Ferrari has “suffered severe trauma,” “negative backlash” from fans

Toni Ferrari, star of Paradise Hotel, Love Cruise, and Kill Reality, is currently “dealing with the negative backlash from viewers who take the programs way too seriously.”

Horrifyingly, Toni “was physically attacked in NYC,” “was bombarded by belligerent angry nightclub patrons and suffered severe trauma,” “encountered a stalker who literally camped out in front of her apartment building and threatened her life,” and “frequently meets hostile show fans that call her obscene names and instigate physical confrontations.” She has had some good experiences, as a woman wrote to Toni to tell her that “Toni’s tough attitude gave her the strength and courage to fight for her freedom in an abusive relationship.”

How do we know all of this? Toni’s public relations reps issued a press release to tell us that “[t]hese horrifying experiences have caused Toni an enormous amount of stress.”

Right about the time you feel sympathy, the press release dumps its real load: Toni’s apparently has her own reality series coming up. It says, “Next up for Ferrari? Her own reality show? Toni responds ‘I’m really an actress, but we shall see! I’ve got some good stuff in the works.'”

Seriously, is she kidding? This whole thing–bitching about reality TV-related horror as a way to promote a new reality project–is so absurd I’m almost convinced it’s a joke, because otherwise it’s so pathologically self-unaware and desperate that it’s just sad.

Kill Reality Superstar Toni Ferrari reveals the torture she has endured [press release]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.