Who would you rather be friends with, Tamra Judge or Shannon Beador? Tamra has no problem stirring the pot and throwing anyone under the bus for a storyline. And, then there’s Shannon, who seems overwhelming, clingy, and demanding.
With those two choices for a friend, who would even want one?
Technically speaking, Emily Simpson was introduced to Real Housewives of Orange County fans as a friend of Tamra Judge. In reality, we all know a casting department chose her and she had some very loose connection to Tamra. They were not friends and it doesn’t seem like that’s ever gonna happen.
Ever since Tamra
got fired “left” the show, she’s been running her mouth left and right in her quest to get back on the show (that she shouldn’t have been fired on…. evidenced by my many yawns in her absence). And, she also has a lot to say about Emily not “making good TV.” But, hey, at least Emily is on TV. Unlike Tamra…
Going into the most recent
flop of a season of Real Housewives of Orange County, a lot of viewers expected to “side” with Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She supported disenfranchised groups and she seemed to be open-minded. During the premiere episode, she revealed that she is an alcoholic and started her journey of sobriety. She had a lot of people behind her, supporting her.
Then, the tide started to turn. She hired a professional photographer to take pictures of her at a Black Lives Matter protest, which doesn’t exactly scream “sincerity.” She admitted to hitting her husband Sean Burke… multiple times… in front of their children. After that, she came out as a lesbian, claiming that she has never been attracted to her husband, the father of her seven kids. She’s also been calling the paparazzi on herself. Basically, it just feels like a lot of attention-seeking and hypocrisy. No wonder, she’s had issues with every single one of her co-stars this season.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke showed up to the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion expecting to be skewered. And skewered she was. Her castmates have been less than impressed with her all season and the reunion was no exception.
One of the season’s major plot points was that Braunwyn was a liar and a shit stirrer. Our first example came about when Braunwyn accused Shannon Beador of calling cast member Gina Kirschenheiter’s house “sad”. After that, Shannon denied it, and Gina took her side. Subsequently, Gina went on to accuse Braunwyn of being a drunk and never remembering anything right anyway. So Gina had a major bone to pick with Braunwyn, despite them making up later in the season. You know how that goes. They make up on the show, watch it and then get pissed all over again.
Real Housewives of Orange County fans have seen glimpses of Kelly Dodd’s new husband Rick Leventhal on the most recent season. He wasn’t involved in any drama, but his daughter Veronica Leventhal, has been calling Kelly out. Very Publicly. After Kelly yelled “I’m Black” at the RHOC reunion, Veronica said, “I don’t think it’s okay for people who say they’ve experienced racism or prejudice to then turn around and inflict that same bigotry on other people. I don’t think you can experience the privileges of whiteness and then turn around and deny that those privileges exist.”
Veronica also said, “I don’t think that you can claim ownership on a culture or a nationality and then disallow privileges to those people, either through certain political perspectives or just subjugating them in other ways.” And, after that, she commented on her dad and new stepmom during a podcast interview. On top of that, apparently, Kelly and Rick can’t get in touch with her these days.
The demise of Shannon Beador’s marriage with David Beador was tough to watch. One second I felt bad for Shannon for the way David treated her, which included cheating on her multiple times. And, then, I couldn’t help wondering how someone remained married to Shannon for so long.
Sometimes, I get overwhelmed by Shannon when I’m sitting on my couch at home watching Real Housewives of Orange County. I can’t imagine how it would feel to live with her for over a decade. The screeching, the surplus of lemons, the acupuncture appointments, and home colonics, would just be way too much for me. Just look at those nude hiking photos that David took with his new wife Lesley Cook (now Lesley Beador). My poor eyes. That’s the kind of sight you can’t unsee.
Is anyone still enjoying Kelly Dodd these days? While the Real Housewives of Orange County star still has some diehard stans coming to her defense on social media, it’s getting harder to find people who will stand behind her. And while she might have been previously known as a spunky shit-stirrer, she has definitely crossed over into territory that she can’t come back from.
Maybe it was all the controversial comments about the coronavirus. Sure, she tried to apologize. But in true Kelly form, those apologies felt forced, empty and fell flat. Maybe it was wearing a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat to her bridal shower. She apologized for that too but it was more of a justification for doing it in the first place. Then there was the epic declaration at the reunion that she’s Black. Her stunned castmates quickly found out that revelation was from a 23 and Me test and hardly qualified her as Black. Let alone able to claim that she understands or has experienced life as a Black woman.