In addition to being the patriarch, godfather, and ultimate supreme ruler of all things Real Housewives, Andy Cohen is a new dad and the host of Bravo’s late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live. As the first openly gay American late night talk show host, Andy has long been an eloquent and gracious advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.
New York City is currently hosting WorldPride, the world’s largest Pride event, spanning the entire month of June. The Bravo network is known for its support of the LGBTQ+ community. So it is no surprise that Bravo and Andy have a float in the parade this year.
LA Pride has become a staple on each Vanderpump Rules season. Every year, Lisa Vanderpump and the rest of the cast members go all out for Pride. Every single one of them gets in on the celebration.
And, for the most part, they all dress up in some festive outfits, especially the ladies. And Tom Sandoval, of course. He always comes through for a thematic event and Pride is no exception.
Since Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz’s joint bachelor/bachelorette party went so well, the Vanderpump Rules cast decided to apply the same concept in honor of Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright’s big day. In case you didn’t detect my sarcasm, or if you’re a new viewer, Tom and Katie’s party was a complete and total shit show.
Yes, in a fun way, but also in a cringe-worthy way, i.e. the arguments. It was rough to see Tom and Katie arguing just before they tied the knot. Who could ever forget Tom Sandoval dressed in drag yelling about how Schwartz is a “battered wife”? Let’s hope that Jax and Brittany’s joint party was not reminiscent of Tom and Katie’s trip.
Billie Lee came onto the scene as the first, and so far only, transgender member of the Vanderpump Rules gang. The past season was wrought with
being drunk constant fighting and everyone forming teams. Billie found herself on the wrong side of Lala Kent, but she wasn’t alone. She also found herself going up against the Witches of WeHo, who generally operate on the “kick ’em while they’re down” policy.
But sometimes it can be more than your average alcoholic fighting. Viewers watched as drama stemmed from loss and heartache, and many craft cocktails. Billie found herself engaged in several arguments that took her back to a very dark place. Fortunately she found help through an unlikely source, and proves that maybe people do grow up after all.
This season of Vanderpump Rules showed the complete undoing of James Kennedy and Lala Kent’s friendship. The former best friends who stood up against the mean girls club of Katie Maloney, Kristen Doute, and Stassi Schroeder, had finally fallen apart. Lala had flipped sides and joined the witches of WeHo, leaving her friendship with James behind her.
This move also impacted Lala’s relationships with James’ girlfriend Raquel Leviss, and SUR’s queen of brunch, Billie Lee. Lala turned on all of them. She viciously attacked Raquel, James and Billie during a brunch at SUR. And she went after Billie at Scheana Marie’s housewarming party. One would think that any sort of friendship with Lala would be beyond repair. Surprisingly, that is not the case.
There are approximately 935,226,262 cast members on Vanderpump Rules. It’s just impossible for them all to get an equal amount of screen time. Each episode only has around forty-two minutes of footage. There can only be so many storylines. Short story long, this is an ensemble cast.
Within that ensemble cast there are main cast members and supporting cast members. Billie Lee is one of those supporting cast members. We never see scenes of her alone. She’s pretty much only on screen if she’s arguing with someone else or if she’s defending James Kennedy. She is not happy with
her lack of screentime the lack of representation at the reunion. And she’s speaking out.
Whether you’re Team Lisa Vanderpump or Team Everyone else, (pretty much) everyone can agree that she is an avid LGBTQ advocate. That’s why it was so surprising when she made a seemingly transphobic “joke” about Erika Jayne during the last episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Lisa was talking about the lie detector test she took during the episode. Aside from the questions about the dog scandal, John Sessa included a question that shaded Dorit Kemsley’s constantly changing face and accent. Lisa had no problem answering every question except for one that she didn’t want mentioned. Lisa randomly”joked,” “Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about.” Did anyone even ask her something about that? How long was she sitting on that line? This was very out of character for Lisa. It didn’t even fit into the context of the situation. At all. Why would the very vocal LGBTQ supporter make this remark?
Whew – we have crossed the finish line with season 7 of Vanderpump Rules and I am here to report that this reunion did not need to be 3 parts. There – recap done!
OK, kidding. I actually felt there were some illuminating moments. Like the glimpse of Katie Maloney‘s hubris. Wowee-wow-WOW. Katie literally always sees herself as the victim. She blames James Kennedy for the internet hating her but the internet rightfully hated Katie long before her antics this season! As Tom 1 never really got a chance to say courtesy of James’ interrupitis – a germ passed from Kristen Doute – Katie has been a rancid bottle of ranch dressing since season 1. Katie’s OWN putrid behavior is the reason the Twitterverse rails on her – it has nothing to do with James or her weight (or her husband’s manhood – how is that not also body shaming?). Let’s just say Katie is giving marriage, ranch dressing, the internet, and humanity a bad name. Oh, and also clothing.