Tuesday, January 16, 2018
I, Tonya, sociopath
It's been pretty sickening to watch the Hollywood-ization of Tonya Harding.
I haven't seen I, Tonya, and don't plan to, but from what I've heard, it's a complete whitewash of its subject.
I had no doubt back in 1994 that Harding had played a role in planning that infamous knee-capping incident, and have no doubt now.
The main reason I came to that conclusion is that she's such an obvious sociopath.
Harding could cry on command, and would do so at parties to entertain people. This is a sociopathic specialty. Harding employed that skill when she asked for a do over at the 1994 Olympics, claiming to the judges that the laces on her skates had broken. (They relented.)
Much of Harding's behavior could be described as uninhibited, reckless, and shameless.
In late 1994 Harding and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (to whom she was married from 1990 to 1993) sold a sex tape to Penthouse for $400,000.
In 1995, Harding married Michael Smith; that marriage ended in 1996. (A short marriage is obviously no indication of sociopathy, but multiple short term marriages tend to be a yellow flag.)
In 2000, Harding was arrested by Portland police for throwing a hubcap at the head of then-boyfriend Darren Silver's head. She spent three days in jail for this.
From 2002 to 2004, Harding tried boxing professionally (her record was 3-3).
A few days ago, Harding was dumped by her agent/publicist Michael Rosenberg for having demanded that journalists who wanted to interview her about the movie not be allowed to ask about her past, and have to pay a "fine" of $25,000 if they did so.
How did Harding get to be this way? The Early Life section of her Wiki bio merely states:
Harding had a troubled childhood. She said that by the time she was seven years old, her mother had mentally and physically abused her.
The movie evidently tried to portray Harding as a victim of her background. That is, in a sense, true. But just about every sociopath is a victim of a loveless, and possibly abusive background.
It would probably be more illuminating to say that such people are products of their backgrounds, rather than victims of them.
From what I understand, the real Harding bears about as much resemblance to the character portrayed in I, Tonya as she does, looks-wise, to Margot Robbie.