‘True Tori’ Debuts on Lifetime — A FULL REVIEW
As for the show itself, ‘True Tori,’ is an awkward examination of a marriage on the brink of divorce, with clunky confessionals from Spelling herself who seems as if she’s catching her breath instead of telling the story. Is this true “reality,” or a somewhat scripted show with underlying truths? There’s simply no way to say. But there is one unequivocal certainty, and it’s that her four children are filmed. There are no words to adequately express my violent rage about a mother putting her children on television for the purpose of financial gain. These kids are working for their food, and given that they’re already experiencing huge trauma associated with their dad’s departure, it’s astounding that a mother would trot them out on television.
The therapy sessions which reveal the intimate details of her marriage are also enraging. Dean McDermott confesses his issues with alcohol, which is a sacrosanct personal struggle that deserves privacy to persevere. It’s easy to attack the cheater, but as previously mentioned, Tori is a cheater too. At first glance, it’s clear Dean is extremely unhealthy. I won’t kick the man while he’s down, but internal struggles have physical results, and he’s no exception. He deserves privacy.
The only true empathy, compassion, and sadness I feel as a result of this show is for Tori Spelling’s children. They might be the only adults in the room.