ATrueOriginall left a comment on one of my other posts with an interesting observation. It was in reference to a mention I made on “Noteworthy Blogs: GhostTheory”. In that post I listed some specific GhostTheory articles which I felt made that a noteworthy blog, including “Donna Lacroix Talks: Secrets Behind Ghost Hunters.”
In his article, Javier summed up his take on an interview Donna did with the GhostDivas. (Which ended up leading to quite the debacle. To get a flavor of that in case you missed out on the “Donna dishes on Ghost Hunters” snafu, check out Javier’s entertaining follow-up article “Donna LaCroix & Scifake Backtracking.” It’ll give you a sense of what a disaster Donna’s criticisms of Ghost Hunters spiraled into.)
Anyway, back to ATrue’s observation. Here’s the comment she left:
No clue on the princess bride thingy but I have something here I thought y’all might like to see. I know you have a more appropriate post on this but I am just too lazy to go find it. lol Actually, I’m too busy.
Check out the first video at the 7 minute mark. I think this may be where the Donna LaCroix thing with the Ghost Hunters originally stemmed from. This is a 2007 episode.
They were rude to her. I don’t think she would have even forgotten that incident, especially since they aired it, which would piss me off. I would have quit right then and there. The blame should have been placed on Jason and Grant but instead appears to have been put more so on Donna.
She also left the link to her post containing episodes from the show she was referring to with a follow up comment (which will make sense if you click the link and see it in your browser):
Ignore the Old Idaho address, it’s actually Crescent City Hotel in Arkansas. I use old trailer pages for newer posts so that’s why the confusion in the addy title.
MY TAKE ON THE VIDEO
Of course I checked out the link, found the first video and started watching at approximately the 6:30 mark.
Here’s my take on that scene: I don’t know how bad Jason and Grant were to Donna, but Steve certainly came across as a major butt.
I have to admit, though, Jason and Grant certainly needed to take the blame. (And somewhat did. Somewhat.)
But I also got the sense they were treating Steve more like part of the Boys’ Club and Donna as, well…not in the Boys’ Club.
And this is what it makes me wonder: This is what we were allowed to see on-screen. Was this the sort of thing she endured off-screen time and time again? (Maybe not the being blamed thing, but the Boys’ Club vibe?) And was it maybe even more intense than that?
A FEMALE’S P.O.V.
I know Donna struck Gary from GhostTheory as neurotic and irresponsible, and both him and Javier felt she was suffering from disgruntled employee syndrome when she leveled her accusations against Ghost Hunters.
I think the disgruntled thing might have factored in somewhat, but I’d like to add a female’s perspective.
Having worked for personalities similar to Grant and Jason’s before (just business owners, though, not celebs), it sucks being looked down on and treated as less than. Which some boys have a tendency to do to girls.
No, I’m not getting all battle of the sexes on anyone. My husband and I constantly argue about this. I see it, because I live. He doesn’t, because he’s a man and gets treated differently.
“BOSS OF YOU”
Another one of our friends, who’s male, understand what I mean and explains it thusly: “Well of course I do that! I’m a boy. And what does ‘boy’ stand for? Boss of You. We are the rulers of the universe and you girls need to remember that.”
(He adds that last bit to get my goat.)
Anyway, maybe Donna got tired of the “Boss of You” attitude. Which Jason and Grant are sometimes guilty of.
However, in their defense. I also remember plenty of episodes where their respect for Donna came across loud and clear.
Ultimately, something went wrong somewhere and Donna wasn’t happy about it.
Either that, or some producer got a hold of her and coached her about leveling the accusations to spark a controversy, because they wanted to use her as a pawn for publicity purposes.
Or maybe it was even more strategic than that and was a defensive move.
Ghost Hunters has been taking ever-increasing heat for potentially staging evidence. Having Donna say something about it, then painting her as a space case with a grudge, helps them look like the victims. See where I’m going with that?
There’s lots of possibilities about all of it. I’m curious to hear other takes on it, so please feel free to comment at will.