Leah McSweeney reached her breaking point on last week’s episode of Real Housewives of New York. Her grandmother’s declining health is taking a grand toll on her. It’s causing Leah to lash out at everything and everyone in her path. Heather Thomson picked the wrong time to be shady and stir the pot. It’s clear Heather is purposely trying to illicit a reaction from Leah. However, Leah’s barrage of rage was disproportionate to Heather’s actions.
Everyone has an opinion about Leah & Heather. Everyone wants to take a side. However, which of these Queen Bee’s is actually going to come out on top? Heather might not be sticking around beyond this weekend, but does that make Leah the victor? How do you define a winner in a nasty feud like this? It’s clear these women have a deep disdain for one another already. It all comes down to this episode. Holla!
After a year in a pandemic, a United States election, and a massive boost to the Black Lives Matter movement, reality TV is looking a little differently these days. True Bravo fans will remember the 2016 Real Housewives of Atlanta episodes where Phaedra Parks and some of the other wives attended Black Lives Matter events. Four years later, these other franchises are still playing catch up. That includes the iconic Real Housewives of New York who finally welcomed their first Black cast member after eleven seasons! Welcome to a more accurate reality on your reality TV screen!
For boasting a life of worldliness and civility, Luann de Lesseps sure does seem lost. Though, who can forget that dreadful Diana Ross costume she tried to pass off just a few seasons ago? Shockingly, Sonja Morgan is coming through in a way I don’t think anyone predicted. Sonja was both eloquent and accurate when taking up for the movement and newest Housewife, Eboni K. Williams in last weeks’ episode.
Last season of the Real Housewives of New York, the great divide between viewers was the nasty feud between Dorinda Medley and Tinsley Mortimer. There were arguments for both sides, with most people agreeing that Dorinda took it to the lowest level and she needed a break from the show. And this season, the feud between Leah McSweeney and Heather Thomson is causing yet another rift amongst fans.
Heather claims Leah bullied her off the show early, referring to her as the “Queen B” which we all can agree is a title that belongs to Sonja Morgan. Leah was coming from a place of defending her co-stars since Holla Heather has made some nasty remarks on her podcast about her former castmates. Unfortunately, Leah isn’t exactly known for her delivery. And that’s even more so this year due to all of the personal issues she dealt with while filming.
And RHONY newbie Eboni K. Williams has gotten herself in the middle of the feud. It all started when Luann de Lesseps called Eboni “angry” in an argument about education. Lu’s ego got the best of her, but Eboni wasn’t backing down. Since Mama Heather considers herself to be embedded in “black culture” aka she worked for major hip-hop stars back in the day, she tried to whitesplain to Eboni and Leah and it was cringe-worthy.
I feel for Eboni. She has a lot on her shoulders being the first Black cast member and attempting to make these women, particularly Ramona Singer, understand microaggressions and white privilege. I’d take a break from social media too if people were saying half of the nasty remarks Eboni is receiving for advocating for herself. And she’s trying to defend her friend Leah who brought her on the show, which definitely isn’t an easy position to defend.
The Real Housewives of New York have had quite an intense (and dare I say, dragged out) trip to the Hamptons. Ramona Singer was forced to face her bad behavior head-on when Eboni K. Williams called her out for using the term “the help” to describe her staff. Sonja Morgan had a meltdown or two about her love life, J.P. Morgan, and everything in between. But thankfully, Eboni is by her side to help her regain her confidence. Leah McSweeney, aside from dealing with some serious family issues back in the Big Apple, has been feuding heavily with Holla Heather Thomson. And Luann de Lesseps has shown her white fragility, calling Eboni “angry” for merely saying she has more formal education than her co-stars. And in between all of that, we had nude models, themed parties and a whole lot of meaningless bickering.
During Eboni’s first season as the first Black RHONY housewife, she’s been central to the plot. And forcing the group of upper-class white women to actually talk about racism and internal bias. Last week’s episode was another lesson in microaggressions, ending with the Countess apologizing to Eboni for her words (and her ego asking for an apology in return.) Truthfully, it made me understand why Eboni needed a social media break so badly. The only one who understood their need to sit down, shut up and listen was Miss Morgan, my queen.
Eboni K. Williams has come in hot during her first season of the Real Housewives of New York. She’s called out Ramona Singer for referring to her assistants as “the help” and didn’t let Mona run away from the conflict like she usually does. She’s supported Sonja Morgan when it felt like the other girls were putting her down and gave her a confidence boost when she needed itmost. And she won’t stand for Luann de Lesseps using the “angry Black woman” trope to shame her for being proud of her education. Being new to this group of veteran housewives’ can’t be easy, especially as the first Black cast member (and likely the Ramonacoaster’s first Black friend) on the show’s history.
This week’s episode not only saw the feud between Heather Thomson and Leah McSweeney come to ahead but Eboni v. Lu as well. Luann was having a hard time
putting aside her ego listening to Eboni’s feelings, even though everyone including her daughter and Sonjarita could understand the issue at hand. Lu finally apologized to Eboni and, at one point, seemed to show genuine remorse. But that wasn’t before the Countess said she felt as though Eboni owed her an apology.
Whew! This season of The Real Housewives of New York has wasted no time diving into the drama deep end. Ending last week’s episode with Luann de Lesseps kicking Eboni K. Williams out of her home was shocking. Nobody saw that coming. The fight was initially about Leah McSweeney, but things quickly spiraled out of control. Hopefully Luann’s able to understand where she went wrong, and important conversations can be had to create change.
Heather Thomson’s presence on this vacation to The Hamptons is triggering Leah. This is a powder keg waiting to explode. These two women are not vibing in any way, shape, or form. Something is going to give when it comes to these two. They started off in a rocky place on the trip, but things gradually got a bit better. That is no more. No more pleasantries between the two. This show might only be big enough for one of these Queen Bees.
The Real Housewives of New York are truly having a season unlike any other, and fans are split on whether that’s a good or a bad thing. Eboni K. Williams joined the cast as the first Black cast member and is ready to school anyone, namely Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps, who could use a lesson or two. Leah McSweeney is back for a second, and 100 times more sober, season and it’s been a rough one for her. Meanwhile, the ladies are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic without getaways to Dorinda Medley’s house in the Berkshires. But hey, at least Mama Heather Thomson made a quick return to pay homage to the good old days.
Holla Heather’s time as a friend-of on RHONY this season was cut short, and she’s pointing the finger at Leah. Leah has shown she’s not down to play fake nice with someone who she says “slut-shamed” her co-stars and accused them of doing hard drugs. Heather claims she was assaulted by the “queen bee” of RHONY, who she insinuates is Leah. But truthfully if we’re picking a queen bee of the show this season, it’s Sonja Morgan’s poodle Marley for sure.
Barbara Kavovit’s mayoral run had about as much influence as her tenure on the Real Housewives of New York, full of good intentions but without any impact. Sure, she’s a highly accomplished business woman who scaled the competition in a male-dominated industry, but that kind of success does not always translate into a political career.
Barbara just kind of faded into the background. Had she managed to wrangle Ramona Singer into humble self-awareness, that would have been the ultimate indication of political prowess. It seems that accomplishment belongs to Eboni K. Williams, a.k.a. the Ramona whisperer. But while Eboni tends to Ramona this season, New York City leadership leaves much to be desired in real time. Unfortunately, the person to solve the problems of the Big Apple will not be Barbara.