Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is giving us the most. And we have only just begun. We have already seen some juicy drama emerge. First, with the “I don’t know her” issue between Lisa Barlow and Heather Gay. To summarize: Heather claims she and Lisa have known each other for years. Lisa says she only knows Heather from flashing her boobs in college.
But one of the most interesting fights I’ve seen on any housewives franchise to date is the one between Jen Shah and Mary Cosby. Brace yourself, because it’s one for the books. Quite simply, they fell out because Mary accused Jen of smelling like a hospital. Which Jen sort of admits was true because she was visiting her aunt who just had both of her legs amputated. To which Mary says in her confessional, “she should have drank more water.” EPIC AND EVIL.
The long awaited premiere of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City finally dropped this week. It definitely did not disappoint. While I admit that all of the ladies were really interesting on their own, one in particular stood out.
Whitney Rose busted right out with a story of being unofficially excommunicated from the Mormon Church when she had an affair with her now-husband, Justin Rose. She made no secret about the fact that both were married at the time of their affair, hence their decision to leave the church. Luckily, Whitney is so happy she could care less. She was even happy enough to show her vow renewal on the very first episode of the show. Usually the kiss of death on housewives, the vow renewal itself was full of surprises.
If you haven’t seen the premiere episode of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City…RUN…don’t walk. This show is an absolute stunner and I couldn’t be happier to have a Housewives franchise that isn’t fully played out. These women absolutely brought in in their debut. One of the new Housewives, Mary Cosby, is a Pentecostal preacher that married her step-grandpa. I mean. What more are you looking for in a show?
Our first episode featured Jen Shah throwing a party for Meredith Marks that featured absolutely nothing about Meredith and everything about Jen. That is some big center-Housewife energy. These women are competitive and are already pressed for the spotlight. But do any need the work? And which one has the most secured bag?
Did y’all watch the premiere of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City? I don’t mean to get ahead of myself but is this a possible new favorite franchise? It had it all! The new cast was interesting and fresh. They all have different backgrounds and stories. Hell, they even kicked off the first episode with a fight over someone smelling like a hospital. Truly. What a gem.
One of the cast members that immediately stood out was Whitney Rose. Her deal is that her and her much older husband got kicked out of the Mormon Church for having an affair when they were both married. Juicy. I’m actually a little surprised Whitney was so forthcoming about the whole thing. But it turns out, she has a little help navigating her new life in front of the Bravo cameras.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City just premiered, and it is fascinating. Meredith Marks, one of the RHOSLC cast members, feels that there is a great blend of both religious and ethnic diversity on the show. Meredith is Jewish and is from Chicago. She is a jewelry designer favored by celebrities, even Real Housewives of New York alum Tinsley Mortimer.
Jen Shah, who is Bravo’s first Polynesian Housewife, appears to be the leader, and the loudest, member of the group. After all, she communicates with her staff and family with her microphone.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is off to a promising start. I might be a little bit obsessed with this franchise already.
It is obvious from the jump that Jen Shah is the “HBIC.” While Jen may have grown-up Mormon, Jen is converting to Islam to stand behind her Black husband, Sharrieff Shah, and their two sons. The Mormon Church denied Black members equal treatment until 1978, and that isn’t acceptable to Jen.
I’m still reeling from the awesome premiere of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. It had everything a Housewives series should have, and then some! Money, insane fashion looks, a vow renewal, a marriage contract based in seeming incest, diversity, Mormons, party crashers and strippers, Botox. The. List. Goes. On.
Bravo has had a stupidly hard time understanding how diversity and inclusion works on their shows. From the beginning series have been segregated by race. Finally, they are casting women of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds to coexist on the same show! I guess the reckoning from Vanderpump Rules made them re-direct positively. Either way, RHOSLC is what Real Housewives should look like in 2020. Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Whitney Rose, and Meredith Marks all left me wanting more. But Jen Shah is the one who truly impressed me by speaking so openly about real life social issues right out of the gate.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City started out its first episode with Jen Shah’s husband Sharrieff Shah sweetly making her breakfast and talking about how beautiful she is. Then, their two sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar joined them for breakfast.
That’s when Jen turned to her youngest son and asked, “Have you kissed a girl yet?” Then, she warned, “If you kiss a girl, you might be like ‘Oh, she’s cute.’ Guess what, you can contract herpes, probably AIDS.” Her oldest son chimed in to tell Jen, “No, I don’t think that’s true.” It felt like that sex-ed scene in Mean Girls, except that was a scripted movie with dialogue written for comedic effect. This is supposed to be real life and RHOSLC fans weren’t happy about Jen’s remark.