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Image Rehab: What Should Michaele Salahi Do Next?

By ToniFitz76 |

Michaele SalahiHow do you solve a problem like the Salahis? “Real Housewives of DC” star Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq Salahi have been accused of everything from getting in a backstage brawl with Whoopi Goldberg to ticking off her fellow “Housewives” to charging $500 a head for a “Housewives” premiere party.

And that was just this week. Their past fun activities include, of course, crashing a White House party.

A certain amount of controversy is good for a reality show, but Michaele has officially moved past fun cartoon villain (think Cruela de Vil) to kinda evil (think Nurse Rached).

Here are five suggestions for how she could rehab her image.

1. Go seven days without getting your face splashed all over the tabloids. It’s called ordering in for dinner and not going on talk shows where you know they will ask you about the things you claim you don’t want to talk about (like that White House party).

2. Do a little charity work. You don’t have to become Gandhi, but helping the needy could help you mentally as well. Warning, do not call the paparazzi in advance to make sure your appearance at the soup kitchen is in the next edition of Star (see tip No. 1). Do it under the radar and out of the goodness of your heart.

3. Admit you crashed that White House party. Isn’t it time we got passed that little “we were invited” charade?

4. Don’t sue Whoopi Goldberg. Unless you want to continue appearing as the punchline in the answer to the question “Whose ‘View’ appearance made Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck look like normal, rational people?”

5. Get in on the joke. Just ask Hugh Grant and David Letterman – nothing helps a scandal blow over faster than making fun of yourself.

What do you think — got any suggestions for Michaele, or is it too late?

Photo: Pacific Coast News

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Toni Fitzgerald has two children, a husband and a cat. She was a contributor for the Babble Famecrawler blog, and currently works for MediaLife Magazine.

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0 thoughts on “Image Rehab: What Should Michaele Salahi Do Next?

  1. PALADIN says:

    I hear they are hiring at Taco Bell. Might be the first money she would actually earn in years.

  2. Samuel Bronkowitz says:

    In an Interview for Marie Claire the Salahis continue to profess their innocence and continue on their campaign of promoting their fame. Michaele wants you to know why she should be famous. Let’s review her answers in the interview. Even though people refer to her as a Barbie, she feels complimented. It doesn’t matter it was meant in negative terms. She says she was a makeup artist. Well, if you call working at a makeup counter “makeup artist.” She says “I got the social butterfly label because I was active on the social scene and doing it in a way that had style, or so I was told. I would wear different outfits that people liked. And that’s why the Housewives show reached out to me.” Watch the reactions of the other housewives on the show to her style and you will see why Bravo reached out to her – they need loons on their show to add drama – voila cast Michaele. The statement about her outfits sounds like someone in junior high and gives great insight into her deluded sense of self. She was walking down the street and boom, “Bravo said wow she has such a sense of style and look at her clothes.”

    I suspect that after filming Bravo was having second thoughts about their “Social Butterfly Barbie” and desperation for fame lead to desperate actions. Hence, getting into the White House state dinner at all costs. If you read the desperate email exchange (found here: between Tareq and Michelle Jones, the White House Pentagon Liaison, you will see Tareq pulling all the stops telling her that they need to be there because their “goat rodeo” as it was referred to by one of the other housewives, was a “historic event” between India and the U.S.. (I think I read the majority of the players were Pakistani) The last email from Ms. Jones says the dinner was closed but “hopefully” she could get tickets for the arrival ceremony but it didn’t look hopeful. Ms. Jones called their cell to tell them she didn’t get the tickets but the Salahis cell battery was mysteriously dead and they said they didn’t get the message until the next day. If you were waiting for a call from the White House for an invitation to a state dinner wouldn’t you be checking your phone every 2 minutes? A simple check of their phone records should show if their phone was dead. Also in the limo, on the show, Michaele is seen on the phone bragging about going to the dinner but I digress.

    In the interview she says Ms. Jones extended the invitation requesting their information to be vetted for the White House. The emails show the Salahis practically begging for an invitation and the request for their information was 3 days before the dinner just in case she was able to pull off a miracle. At 8:46am the morning of the dinner Ms. Jones email still indicated there were no tickets and she would call one way or another. In the interview Michaele says “There are so many events you’ve probably attended where you don’t go with the actual printed invitation. I didn’t go thinking I was chancing it.” Once again, delusions of grandeur. It is the White House and unless you are the guest of honor or some other notable I would imagine you would have to have a printed invitation. The proof is in the pudding. In Tareq’s email the following day to Ms. Jones he says “We ended up going to the gate to check in at 6:30pm to just check, in case it got approved since we didn’t know, and our name was indeed on the list!” That would seem to contradict Michaeles satement about not going and chancing it. Right there. Caught in a bold face lie. And now, who are you going to believe, the White House or the Salahis when they say they were on the list? I believe the White House when they say that the Salahis were not invited and therefore not on the list. Therefore, they have earned the title of “White House Party Crashers.” That is why you are famous Michaele and not for anything else so get over yourself.

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