LeeAnne Locken is the perfect Housewife villain. The Real Housewives of Dallas star has been stirring things up on the show for four seasons. LeeAnne can go from to sticky sweet to stick you in the back with an emotional knife in three seconds. You never quite know what is going to set her off–which is part of the fun–and part of the terrifying carnival thrill ride that is LeeAnne.
This year, newbie Housewife Kary Brittingham has raised LeeAnne’s ire for some reason. The relationship between the two started turning sour during the casts’ trip to Kary’s beautiful family home in Mexico, with LeeAnne seemingly ungrateful at every turn. On the current cast trip to Thailand, things have gone from bad to worse, with Kary and D’Andra Simmons’ cruel ribbing of LeeAnne’s L’Infinity dress at dinner. And in response, LeeAnne demonstrated some very unseemly behavior–taking ugly digs at Kary’s cultural background behind her back.
So, what does LeeAnne think about her behavior in retrospect? In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, LeeAnne defended her track record in inclusiveness. She stated, “Everything I do in my life, anybody who knows me anywhere around the country — from WeHo to Dallas — knows that I believe in inclusion and equality, and I will fight and die for making that happen.”
Was LeeAnne fighting for inclusion and equality when she angrily called out Kary for being “Mexican and strong” after the dress incident? It was pretty clear that LeeAnne used the words in a derogatory way in her conversation with Stephanie Hollman after she had left the group dinner.
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Thailand is not the first time LeeAnne has made statements that seem to belie her belief in inclusion and equality. During season 2, LeeAnne made allegations that Cary Deuber’s husband Mark Deuber was engaging in sexual activity at a Dallas gay bar, the Round Up. LeeAnne later apologized, but the damage was already done.
Surprisingly, LeeAnne seems tone-deaf in her understanding of the ugly comments she made about Kary. She went on to say, “I don’t know how you can have that label [racist] and an ‘ally’ label. And I tell you what, I love my ally label and I’ll never lose it.”
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Clearly, LeeAnne has a passion for charity work and genuinely seems to want to help others. However, she doesn’t appear to understand that you can be an ally–and also make insensitive comments. The two are not mutually exclusive, LeeAnne.
It is dismaying that LeeAnne does not seem to be taking any accountability for her comments and behavior. LeeAnne’s mocking of Kary’s accent in the cab ride with Stephanie on this week’s episode demonstrated her cultural insensitivity towards Kary wasn’t a one-time thing.
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It has been difficult to like LeeAnne this season. At her wedding to Rich Emberlin, she appeared rude and dismissive to her mother. LeeAnne also brings up her horrible childhood at the drop of a hat–and has been operating in full victim mode all season. You have to wonder what gives. It will be interesting to see if her castmates hold her accountable at the reunion.
TELL US- DO YOU THINK LEEANNE WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER COMMENTS ABOUT KARY? WHAT DO YOU THINK IS BEHIND HER ANIMOSITY TOWARDS KARY?
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