All Kelly has done is repeatedly apologize, only to issue more tone-deaf statements. In April o2020, the RHOC star referred to Covid-19 as “God’s way of thinning the herd!”
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.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke somehow went from a misunderstood, tepid freshman housewife to….well, this. The Real Housewives of Orange County star suddenly found herself as less of a victim of Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson and more of a villain. She came under fire for supposedly lying about Shannon Beador’s assessment of Gina Kirschenheiter’s house. Newbie Elizabeth Lyn Vargas caught her investigating her financial situation. And Kelly Dodd outright accused her of being a fan alcoholic for a story line.
Despite the fact that she has a lot to be cheered on about, it seemed like everyone was over her this season, including fans. Braunwyn not only came out and got sober, but she was heavily involved in activism too. But some are finding it disingenuous. I don’t think it helps that she’s already floating the idea of bringing her new girlfriend, Kris, onto the next season of RHOC. Talk about putting the cart before the horse.
Going into the latest Real Housewives of Orange County, I assumed I would be supporting Braunwyn Windham-Burke 100% of the way. She was a very vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She was very supportive of the LGBTQI+ community before ultimately coming out as a lesbian herself. And then she managed to be so frustrating, annoying, and hypocritical that it has been so hard to root for her.
After Braunwyn hit her husband Sean Burke, offered her drug dealer’s contact information to Shannon Beador’s then-14-year-old daughter Stella Beador, and all of her other offensive behaviors and hypocrisies, I just cannot be a card-carrying member of Team Braunwyn. She even hired a professional photographer to take photos of her during a Black Lives Matter protest, which comes across as incredibly self-serving.
Who would have thought that Gina Kirschenheiter would come off of a Real Housewives of Orange County season appearing like the most together cast member? One season, she was catching Ubers, unable to drive following her DUI. The start of the next season involved some questionable fashion choices and some ratchet hair extensions.
However, despite appearances, she became the voice of reason on this show, saying what many viewers are thinking and putting things into perspective. She was also the most compassionate toward Braunwyn Windham-Burke in the midst of her struggles with alcoholism, her marriage (she hit her husband Sean Burke in front of their kids), and her sexuality. (she recently came out as a lesbian and said she was never attracted to men). However, even Gina, ass nice as she tried to be, just couldn’t help being annoyed by Braunwyn’s “me me me” persona and constant hypocrisy at times.
Real Housewives of Orange County is over. It ended on the beach with a womp womp from producers and editors. They said without really saying, “we tried it without Tamra Judge. Replaced her with real live charisma vacuum, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. And we know, it didn’t work.” The whole series needs an overhaul.
None of these women are natural together. The only thing they have in common is not liking Braunwyn Windham-Burke. The reunion was hard to watch. There was a lot of deflection from every single woman on stage, except Gina Kirschenheiter. Kelly Dodd is not a Covidiot, she’s Black! Braunwyn isn’t a mess. She just had seven kids with her husband because she’s an alcoholic! Emily Simpson does too support LGBTQ people. She went to a club with drag queens that one time! Deflections and irrationality everywhere, and Gina is happy to call it out.