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Frockwriter mentioned that ANTM Cycle 5 runnerup Cassi van den Dungen was getting a bit of a rough trot on the Facebook accounts of ANTM hosts Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson, with both hosts engaging in some snarky banter with their Facebook followers about van den Dungen’s decision to turn down contracts with Priscillas and Elite New York. After receiving a Facebook friend request from van den Dungen moreover, Perry put the decision to accept or decline the friend request up to a vote. Well since Perry and Dawson are obviously so well-acquainted with the social networking phenomenon, they may be interested to learn that this week's ANTM posts have been discussed in at least five other web forums, including two forums of the behemoth US social networking site LiveJournal, which generates over 11million page views a day.
One of these, the celebrity gossip-skewed Oh No They Didn’t, is LiveJournal’s most popular forum and boasts over 90,000 members, who generate over 100,000 visits and 300,000 page views a day. Which, evidently, has the potential to take Perry’s and Dawson’s “semi-private” comments to their Facebook coteries, to a significantly wider audience.
One LiveJournal member who appears to have access to Perry’s Facebook account has shared some more of their vitriolic banter:
"YES ITS TRUE, SHE WONT SIGN ELITE CONTRACT... WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A GIRL WITH LOW INTELLIGENCE, GOING OUT WITH A MAN TEN YEARS OLDER OF A SIMILAR IQ...THE COMBINATION IS POWERFULLY STUPID ... THE ICING ON THE IDIOT CAKE IS THAT SHE WANTS HIM TO BE HER MANAGER SO SHE DOESNT HAVE TO PAY AGENCY COMISSION (IM ASSUMING THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE AN ISSUE WITH PAYING TAX!!!) BUT CONSIDERING THAT HE DOESNT WORK, AND SHE'S TO STUPID TO, EVERYTHING MUST BE PEACHY KEEN IN SUNBURY!!!"
"SO OVER THE BOGAN...SO LAST WEEK...LETS TALK ABOUT THE GORGEOUS TAHNEE, JUST STARTED WORKING ON AN AMAZING TEN PAGE SHOOT FOR HARPERS BAZAAR OCTOBER ISSUE FEATURING TAHNEE IN ALEX PERRY... SHE WILL LOOK GOOOOOORGEOUS!!!"
"CASSIE JUST SENT ME A FRIEND REQUEST... PUBLIC VOTE PLEASE...YES? OR NO?on Tuesday"
"SO THE BOGAN WONT SIGN A CONTRACT WITH ELITE NY, AND MOVES BACK TO SUNBURY WITH THE OUT OF WORK BRICKKIE... NOW THATS WHAT I CALL A CLEVER GIRL!!!!"
"Apparently Cassi has signed with Tania Power (?) modelling agency and is coming to Sydney to model for Portmans. Nuff said."
"What's a Fella Hamilton? Sounds fascinating. Almost as fascinating as a Greenborough Plaza winter fashion parade. Stupid Cassi - she's really put her modelling career into a big suburban toilet."
"too true. Enough about the bogan ... she's someone elses nightmare now."
"Very kind comments .... thank you! I think Cassi's only going to end up being the poster girl for Sunbury Centrelink."
Although frockwriter has been unable to contact Perry, Dawson confirmed that these are her comments and that they were made on Perry's Facebook account.
Dawson added that she does recall Perry making the other comments, that she stands by the comments and does not see anything wrong with them.
Dawson told frockwriter, "Absolutely. I could not give a rat's ass. They're the sort of things I would say on the show. What's wrong with them being on a Facebook page? That's what I’m paid to do. I’m paid to call it as I see it.
"They’re not defamatory, they're said with humour, not vitriol, and honesty. It was a situation that I was very much involved with.
"Her boyfriend, during the live finale, was grabbing his crotch and sticking his tongue out at me. You don’t know what this girl has gone and done to evoke the ire of a lot of people.
"We don’t give a shit. We're coming from a place of personal experience and Cassi has very much frustrated and angered and disappointed a lot of people.... She's upset her family terribly, she's been a real nightmare and spat in the faces of people who supported her".