Alice Ripley, didn’t you see The Real Housewives of New Jersey last night? If you did, you may remember how Jacqueline’s 18-year-old daughter Ashley posted hurtful comments about Danielle “Square Tit” Staub on her Facebook account, which were quickly spread around Franklin Lakes to the tune of “this is terroristic.”
Today, Ripley had her own Jersey-style controversy on her hands. The Tony Award-winner came under fire for using a gay slur in her Facebook status, a response to a critic’s review of her Next to Normal performance:
“QUOTE FROM A NUMB BUTT ON BROADWAY WORLD: “I’VE SEEN N2N 8 TIMES WITH ALICE RIPLEY, WHICH IS 7 TIMES TOO MANY.” HA HA HA HA!!! THIS FRUSTRATED ACTOR (I WON’T SAY F–) IS MY NEW BEST FRIEND! THANKS FOR LOOKING DOWN ON LOSERS LIKE US THAT WORK FOR A LIVING. YOU ARE THE OPPOSITE OF A WONDERFUL AUDIENCE.”
Ripley has since apologized (via Facebook), calling her actions “careless and thoughtless,” but many fans within the theater community were outraged by the remarks (ideas for a Ripley protest have been circulating). Over in New Jersey, resolution did not come as quickly. After Jacqueline heard rumors that Danielle was trying to arrest Ashley because of the Facebook “threats,” she reprimanded her daughter, which only led Ashley to…make a status update about it all.
This is why you should be careful what you post on the social networking site, PopWatchers. When it comes to Facebook, how far is too far? Should people be criticized for their personalized updates?