We're two-thirds of the way through the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion, so I think it's safe to say we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We need to power through, people! Joyce Giraud is never going to see eye-to-eye with Brandi Glanville, and I have to agree with her assertion that Brandi's depression (and I have had people very, very close to me suffer from it, so I know it's nothing to take lightly) isn't a pass to treat people badly. Do I doubt that Brandi suffers from it? Absolutely not, but that isn't an excuse to be so hateful! Joyce also takes on Yolanda Foster and kind of disses Lady Gaga…that part I can't condone! :)
She begins her Bravo blog, "Hola Mis Amores! First of all: THANK YOU!!!! Thank you so much for voting for me as the Loveliest Locks. It was very sweet, and I'm so honored to have been chosen by all of you — as I do think all the ladies have amazing hair, especially my friend Kyle [Richards]. Your love and support through this journey has made everything worth it. In this portion of the reunion…"
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Joyce writes, "While we are all part of a reality show that showcases the glamour, the sophistication, and the lives of the group of women in Beverly Hills; It shocks me to see the venom and the desperation of those who will do anything to sensationalize themselves for attention. Brandi continues to try to attack Lisa [Vanderpump] — all while saying she loves her. I for sure NEVER want to have someone love me that way," adding, "Someone who in the same sentence says 'I love you, but I could destroy you.' She has attacked my integrity, my marriage, my family, and everything about me (even my choice of dresses). It's childish and pathetic. YES, I called her out on needing rehab and I FIRMLY stand by it. She needs better friends that will tell her when she's taking things too far."
Of Brandi's constant whining, Joyce retorts, "I FIRMLY believe she needs to STOP playing the victim card — The 'I'm a poor single mother card.' It's unfortunate that she has people like Yolanda hindering her and making excuses for her poor or lack of behavior. Like I told Yolanda, I do have sympathy for everyone going through a depression.But what I have zero tolerance for is someone using depression as an excuse to treat others poorly! Kindness is the language that even the deaf can hear."
Explaining her point of view, Joyce reveals, "I grew up with a poor single mother, a real hard working poor mother who had three jobs to put food on her children's table. I know first-hand what depression looks like, as my mother was extremely depressed. But as I said in the reunion — not once did I see her use her depression or her circumstances in life as an excuse to treat others poorly or try to bring others down to her sadness. On the contrary; all I saw was a strong woman who worked very hard to give my brother and myself the best examples. She taught us that every job is honorable and that, no matter your circumstances in life, if you work hard you can achieve your goals." Amen.
She continues, "Normally when someone is depressed, they have a hard time even getting out of bed. They aren't partying, drinking, shopping, traveling…all while trying to treat others like crap. So I'm sorry if Yolanda wants to make excuses for her 'Dream Team' member, but I DO NOT have respect for Brandi playing the victim card. There are mothers out there who struggle every day. Mothers who aren't as lucky as she is to be able to live a fortunate life in the top percentile of the world. She doesn't have to worry if tomorrow her children will be able to eat, have a good education, or healthcare. Perhaps if she wasn't so self-centered and if she devoted even a little bit of her time to charity, she would realize how blessed she is and she would thank God instead of playing the victim." I'm not entirely sold on whether I believe Joyce's motives are totally genuine, I do think she's right on the money with this assertion.
Joyce goes on to talk about how wrong she was regarding her impressions of co-stars before joining the cast. She blogs, "I've said on multiple occasions that coming in to the show I was pleasantly surprised with some of the ladies, as I thought I wouldn't like them solely based on what I had seen of them in the previous seasons. I honestly thought I would like Brandi and I thought I would not like Kyle. I have to say I had it totally wrong."
When it comes to YoFo, Joyce is totally floored, explaining, "Someone who truly caught me off guard, as I thought I would have loved her, was Yolanda. I was convinced we would become quick friends. The first day we met she gave me her number and I was so happy I called her right away the next morning to invite her to lunch. When we finally did lunch (on camera, mind you), she really surprised me as I was talking about my soft spot (my mother) I was teary eyed and she suddenly says: 'This is boring, let's talk about what happened at Carlton [Gebbia]'s lunch' (referring to Lisa's HairGate incident). Apparently it was far more interesting for her to throw her friend under the bus with the new girl than to get to know the new girl."
Joyce reminds viewers, "Her husband David has been a true gentleman each time I've met him. I LOVE her kids, and I'm good friends with her ex-husband. I really don't understand where all the arrogance and the elitist behavior fits in. She tries to play the voice of reason, but it's very obvious that she is out to attack Lisa and excuse Brandi. During the entire Reunion she gave me her back, as she was mad at the fact that I defended Lisa. Originally I was going to sit next to Carlton, but I changed to be away from her. as I didn't want to deal with the negative energy. Had I known Yolanda would be so disrespectful and give me her back the entire time I would've rather dealt with Carlton's negative energy than Yolanda's arrogant behavior and her cutting me off every time I spoke. Anyhow...It's only one more episode left until the journey is over. But I want you all to know that I will forever be grateful for the love and support you gave me."
Discussing her absence from Gaga's new video, Joyce gets a bit passive aggressive, sharing, "PS: Lots of you have asked me why I wasn't at the Lady Gaga video. I LOVE GAGA! I would have loved to participate in it. They shot two days and on both days I had previous engagements. On one day I had an engagement with my charity and that for me will always come first. On the other day, I had a cover shoot that had been scheduled for a long time. The crew was booked and the photographer was flying in town to do the shoot. As much as I would have loved to cancel it and go hang out with the AMAZING LADY GAGA, I didn't have the heart to tell them I was leaving them for the 'bigger, better deal.' Hopefully there is a next one." Bigger, better deal? That's a bit subjective, don't you think?
Ending her blog, she goes back to hating on her line of being to thin and too young. Joyce concludes, "P.P.S.: For all of those who I offended with the silly tagline, now you could all finally see that it wasn't my choice. Like I said the entire time and on tonight's reunion: my tagline choice was: 'Beauty is only skin deep, it's what's in your heart that matters.'"
Like I said, I'm not quite sure what's in Joyce's heart, but I am starting to come around as far as this beauty queen is concerned!
TELL US-WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JOYCE'S BLOG? IS SHE RIGHT REGARDING BRANDI? DO YOU THINK SHE SKIPPED THE VIDEO FOR SOMETHING "BIGGER AND BETTER"?
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