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In 2008, the Siegel family was top of the heap with the wealthy and politically influential David Siegel running the successful Westgate Resorts time-share business. To enjoy their good life, he and his engineer turned beauty queen trophy wife, Jackie, were building the largest single family private home in America. Suddenly, both the US economy and Westgate were rocked by the devastating sub-prime mortgage collapse. In the new economic reality with the business teetering on ruin, we follow the Siegels as they struggle to scale down their grotesquely ostentatious lifestyle. For this overprivileged family, accepting that situation proved a dispiriting struggle even as their unfinished dream home became a monument of their superficial values.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After the release of this documentary, the family's oldest daughter Victoria became a victim of bullying about her chubby appearance and her family's lifestyle. This led to her developing an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa) and a depression. After a doctor's diagnosis in early 2013, she was prescribed anti-depressant medication. By mid-2013, she was using various legal and illegal drugs. Victoria died in 2015, at age 18, from an overdose of methadone and antidepressants. Through all her troubles, she kept a diary, whose location was revealed to her parents by a text message she sent to a friend before her death. In 2019, the diary was released in book form, titled "Victoria's Voice", in an effort to raise awareness about drug abuse. Furthermore, her parents started the Victoria Siegel Foundation, and David Siegel stepped away from his timeshare business to focus on the fight against the opioid epidemic. See more »
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You have to laff when the "Queen"--often seemingly desperate to kiss her AH husband into some sort of affectionate submission (she always fails to receive anything other than an aggressively polite peck, which seems more like a 'kiss-off')-- the "Queen" plays the victim card, due to the financial upheaval in 2008. She's truly sickening, despite her "humble" roots. Were these pigs ever in real jeopardy? Well, their "conspicuous consumption, had to be "downsized" from poisonous excess to sheer madness, and meanwhile, the wonderful housekeeper has suffered and struggled to meet her own dreams--and you get the feeling she's cast her lot in with the wrong people. Fascinating and disgusting, see it.
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