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Anthony Morelli’s blog, ThePsychoExWife.com, has caused quite a stir. Completely devoted to offering just one side of an intense custody battle, the site paints Morelli’s wife of 8 years as more than just a psycho. If all of his blog accounts are true, call an exorcist because this woman may actually be Satan, and an "ugly", "fat" one at that! “She looks like Jabba the Hut, only with less personality,” he writes under a character description of Psycho Ex Wife (also known as PEW) on the site's Cast of Main Characters page.
Of course, then, we watch ex-wife Allison on the Today Show and see that she is rather slim, calm and not at all icky.
But the accusations go on beyond looks. She’s a drunk! She’s bipolar! She can’t hold down a job! She’s selfish! How can anybody who slams another person so unabashedly claim that it's all in the name of helping others?
Well, Morelli can’t take all the credit. He lives in his glass house with his new partner-in-crime-and-life, Misty Weaver-Ostinato. And, Misty has plenty of her own venom to spew at her beau’s ex. Her favorite topics are about how bossy and selfish PEW is. But those are common accusations in any biomom vs. stepmom situation. Then again, hating your ex isn't exactly a revolutionary thought either.
And that is Morelli’s justification for it all. He claims that his site is there to help other people deal with their exes: “The blog is a resource for thousands of people that have nowhere to turn and feel hopeless when their high conflict ex-spouses use the children as a weapon to harm their targets,“ he says on his About page. What a saint!
But a family court judge didn’t buy it and ordered the blog be taken down, arguing that it was harmful to the children (two boys, ages 10 and 12) because it is “bad mouthing the woman they love in public.”
Only, the judge’s order has actually given Morelli a new role in life. On top of public humiliator, he is now also a civil-rights activist. He even started savethepsychoexwife.com to champion his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. He contends that it is his, and his lover’s right, to scorn his ex-wife in public.
That may be true. But, it is a shame that, in light of all that has happened, his kids now know about the site and are anxious and upset about its existence. By pursuing the issue, we can only assume that he values his role as activist over good father to his children. Isn’t it time to admit this is getting a little too Jerry Springer?
We get it, breakups are terrible. Fighting for child custody can be gruesome and dirty. But think about why it gets that way. The gloves come off because, at the end of the day, you both love, want and care about the children so deeply. Why not go back to thinking about them?