The last Real Housewives of Atlanta episode was a big one for Phaedra Parks. We saw her getting along with former nemesis Kenya Moore to give back to the kids in Flint, Michigan. As moving as it was to watch these two genuinely making a difference, the viewers were brought back to reality when Porsha Williams and her anger issues took center stage at a group dinner.
It’s pretty ironic that Phaedra’s bestie was the one in the middle of the controversy during an episode that should have been a happy one about Phaedra’s philanthropy. SMH, Porsha. All Phaedra wanted to do was gather the women to plan a camping trip and then shit really went awry.
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The scenes with Phaedra and Kenya were really nice to watch. They did a lot for the kids. Kenya having them “twirl” their problems away was debatable in regard to how helpful it was, but it seemed like she had genuine intentions. Phaedra opened up about the camp experience in an interview with Bravo.
When asked about the camp, Phaedra said, “It was a life changing experience!” She elaborated, “The camp allowed the campers to just be carefree children, explore nature and experience new things. They had an opportunity to sit in an emotionally safe environment and purge the weight of their pain.”
They definitely looked like they were enjoying themselves and that they had a well-rounded experience that was both fun and enlightening.
Phaedra added, “Watching the children support each other and rally together around shared experiences was heart wrenching and refreshing. I know bonds were built that will last a life time.” Maybe Phaedra should run camps for the Housewives who hate each other. Well, maybe she shouldn’t since no one wants to watch a TV show where everyone gets along perfectly.
Phaedra explained that she got just as much out of the camp as the kids did. She said, “While the camp was a reprieve for the children, it was also a reprieve for me. There was limited cellular service and no televisions at the camp so I was able to enjoy the entire week with few distractions. Having limited distractions allowed me to be fully present for the campers and remain in the moment.” Unlike a lot of reality stars who get involved with philanthropy, Phaedra really did seem to actually be involved instead of just slapping her name on something and writing a check. Props to Phaedra.
And then after that beautiful experience, the episode turned to a shit show of a dinner. Porsha let simple questions about her anger management progress get the best of her and she flipped out and stormed out of the restaurant. So it’s clear that those anger management sessions are going well.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt like her outburst came out of nowhere. Phaedra remarked, “I was shocked it got so heated but mostly embarrassed because we were in a public place. In this group it is hard to have peace because there seems to be endless rage, bitterness and need for drama in some of the women.”
Yeah, I actually feel bad for the customers, servers, and owners of every restaurant the Housewives go to. Shit always hits the fan. And I always wonder if someone actually paid the check when they’re always dramatically storming out of the restaurant to prove some random point.
Whether the question Kenya and Kandi Burruss had about Porsha’s anger management were genuine questions or an attempt to incite anger, Porsha definitely took her reaction way too far. I had to rewind the scene multiple times to see exactly why she flipped out and it just seemed way minor and not worth that amount of screaming and hand gestures.
So what did Phaedra have to say about it? I mean Phaedra was the one who mentioned Porsha’s
supposed anger management progress to the group. Phaedra recalled, “When the concern was brought up about Porsha, I wanted her to have an opportunity to share and exemplify her growth and evolution, but certainly understood that she felt attacked due to the manner it was done.”
Phaedra added, “People need to learn to express genuine concern for an issue without attacking or provoking the person.” I do think that Kenya and Kandi could have had a better delivery, but you know what they say, “hindsight is 20/20.” Then again, Porsha is her own keeper and she should be able to control her actions.
And of course Phaedra took the time to randomly plug one of her own catch phrases, “I just wanted to scream FIX IT JESUS, ALL OF IT!!” Yes, Phaedra, quoting yourself and screaming the words out loud was definitely going to ameliorate the situation at hand.
TELL US – WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT PHAEDRA’S CAMP? DO YOU THINK PORSHA STILL HAS ANGER ISSUES? DO YOU THINK THAT PORSHA HAD AN APPROPRIATE REACTION TO THE LADIES QUESTIONING HER PROGRESS OR DID SHE GO OVERBOARD?
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