Grab your oranges because The Real Housewives of Orange County are in some seriously hot water. On Monday (May 4), Kelly Dodd took to social media to share a picture of herself hanging out with Shannon Beador, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke…in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Needless to say, fans didn’t take to0 kindly to the RHOC stars utter disregard for social distancing directives in a time when most everyone around the country is doing their best to stay home for the sake of public health, and outrage spread faster than you can scream “I have never been with multiple partners in my life!”
“REAL HOUSEWIVES IN QUARANTINE…Love these beautiful Goldsheeps,” Kelly captioned the post before turning off the comments section as backlash from fans quickly reached a fever pitch.
Several things need to be pointed out here: first of all, yes, the women were all wearing face masks (which appear to be custom and somewhat matching), but they are certainly not social distancing in any sense of the word. (Ironically Shannon‘s mask is emblazoned with the phrase “6 feet apart” despite being more like six inches from each of her cast mates as they’re all cuddled up for the selfie.)
Second of all, California’s statewide shelter-in-place order will not start being lifted until this coming Friday, meaning there is absolutely no reason the ‘Wives should be getting together, much less posting about it on social media. (Amid the pandemic, production on RHOC, and all other currently-filming Bravo shows, has been suspended for obvious safety reasons.)
Third, can anyone explain what a “Goldsheep” is? Anyone? (Ok, according to Shannon‘s Instagram, it’s the name of the leggings brand that made the ladies’ masks so…does that make this an influencer post?)
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A number of Bravolebrities and fan accounts managed to comment on Kelly‘s post before she limited comments: Gretchen Rossi wrote, “Soo cute” while Braunwyn commented, “Thanks for making me laugh, I needed that.”
Another former Housewife was less forgiving of the public health gaffe; after Kelly turned off the comments, a fan account posted a similar picture of the four OC ‘Wives taken from a since-deleted Instagram Story, and Tamra Judge replied to that post with a self-explanatory face-palm emoji (which is only slightly ironic considering CUT Fitness remained opened for the early weeks of the pandemic).
Angry fans also flooded the comments section, letting the women have it for broadcasting their blatant selfishness across social media. Comments ranged from “The ignorance is real in OC” and “That’s not social distancing!” to “Unfollowing everyone. Not watching this” and “They need to sit home and stay off social media before bravo fires [their] asses!! If I was a producer, I’d be pissed that they’re posting all about them meeting up and ignoring the pandemic going on rn!!!”
Several also took particular aim at Shannon, who’s known for her reliance on homeopathic medicine, writing, “It says 6 feet on her damn mask,” “Cheek to cheek as Shannon wears a ‘6 feet’ mask” and “I’m honestly shocked about Shannon, I picture her pepper spraying anyone who comes within feet of her and messing with her energy and wavelengths.”
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It should also be noted that Gina Kirschenheiter — who by the looks of her social media is quarantining with her new boyfriend Travis Mullen and their blended brood of six kids at home in Orange County — was absent from the irresponsible hangout.
Needless to say, it will be interesting to see if the OC women continue to get together as the state’s stay-at-home restrictions begin to be eased this coming weekend and what it means for filming Season 15…
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TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF REAL HOUSEWIVES KELLY, SHANNON, EMILY AND BRAUNWYN GETTING TOGETHER DURING THE PANDEMIC? SHOULD THEY BE QUARANTINING?
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