Watching the Real Housewives of Orange County this week made me a little nostalgic for Housewives days gone by. You remember–when the show was focused on women who lived in beautiful homes, drove fancy cars, took dream trips and shopped for high end clothing and jewelry. Sure, some of it was all smoke and mirrors and a few of the ladies were one credit card transaction ahead of financial disaster, but the show usually delivered as promised.
Somehow, in the intervening years, everything changed. Fights became routine. Screaming came to be the preferred method of communication. Damaging gossip had the potential to ruin lives. Some cast members like Heather Dubrow managed to mostly stay above the fray, but many ladies were only too happy to wallow in the mud. Which leads us to this week’s episode. Married Housewives Tamra Judge and Braunwyn Windham-Burke in a disturbing public make out session. Usually prudish Shannon Beador exchanging spit with a random stranger. How did this all come to be?
One longtime RHOC cast member has definite opinions on the current state of the show. In an interview with Us Weekly, Vicki Gunvalson declared, “There is an overload of crying and raunchy talk and behavior. The talk about sexual exploits should have been kept private and not heard or seen by children on television.”
Hell has officially frozen over–I agree with Vicki about something! The sensory overload of crudeness on the show seems to have reached a breaking point. And I will not even mention that Vicki has been guilty of some of the same crimes of which she speaks–screeching, babbling about her incontinence and talking about her love tank needs. And we won’t bring up her vicious gossip about people like Kelly Dodd and Eddie Judge.
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So how does morality judge Vicki, who was demoted this season, think the show should be? She explained, “When I created this franchise 15 years ago, it was about our lives and having the opportunity to showcase the world the privileged lifestyle we lead.”
Who knew Vicki created the Real Housewives franchise? I thought she was in the insurance business. But she does have a point–the current show bears little resemblance to its tamer beginnings. Where are the Jeana Keoughs and Tammy Knickerbockers of the early days? I actually enjoyed watching women who could speak instead of yell and seemed like people you might like to know in real life.
Vicki went on to further share about the current show, “It’s turning out to be all about divorce, rental houses, threesomes and other ridiculous things.” Oh no–not rental houses, Vicki–the horror of it all!
Although Vicki is divorced, often ridiculous and has been accused of having a threesome, there is some truth in what she is saying. The ugly divorces of cast members like Tamra, Shannon and Gina Kirschenheiter seemed to have dragged on endlessly. The threesome talk is way beyond where it is edgy or funny. Yes, we are looking at you, mother of seven Braunwyn. You too, Tamra!
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Another point of contention for Vicki is the cast nudity. She stated, “Naked scenes seems like many of the cast are trying to one up or outdo the other.”
Agreed. Again, we are looking at you Braunwyn and Tamra. I am of the old school on nudity–I am fine with it if it is tastefully done and critical to the storyline! Tamra’s nude hot tub scenes are rather ho-hum at this point. Maybe she should switch it up with a nude workout at Cut Fitness or take a naked midnight stroll through Coto de Caza. And visit Tres Amiga Vicki!
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Where does the future of RHOC lie? Will the game be upped more and more, until the viewers revolt? At this point, can the game even be upped anymore and still be on regular cable? We will see what the rest of the season has in store for us. Personally, I am hoping that this week’s episode was the was the season’s low point. You can only go up from here, OC ladies!
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