Bravo recently changed the direction of the Real Housewives franchise. What started as mindless entertainment about luxury lifestyles shifted towards addressing societal ills in America. Of course, producers won’t give up on the irresistible formula that turned Real Housewives into the success story that it is. There’s still plenty of bickering, fights, drunken antics, and the lifestyle in general. But taking a cue from the Black Lives Matter movement, these ladies are now discussing race relations and white privilege. It’s ruffling some feathers within the cast and viewers.
It started with the addition of Tiffany Moon to the Real Housewives of Dallas cast. Tiffany shared her culture and experience of being Asian in America. Then Crystal Kung Minkoff joined Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with the same premise in mind. Real Housewives of New York was an all white group until Eboni K. Williams and Bershan Shaw were added for Season 13. Even Southern Charm took on race relations. Leva Bonaparte confronted Charleston’s dark history, and Kathryn Dennis’ ancestry.
Craig Conover has grown quite a lot since the early days of Southern Charm. His lies about law school put his cat Gizmo right in the middle of his toxic relationship with Naomie Olindo. After their split, Craig leaned into his sewing game heavily. Now he’s got his own pillow company and brick-and-mortar store. He also finally opened his own law firm to prove to his naysayers that he really was getting around to finishing law school. Just, at his own pace which definitely wasn’t fast enough for a go-getter like Naomie.
Even his feud with Austen Kroll’s ex Madison LeCroy cooled down a bit. Well, after Craig exposed Madison for her FaceTime dates with Alex Rodriguez that may or may not be responsible for the reunion of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Needless to say, there have been plenty of surprises throughout the seven seasons of the show. The only thing that remains the same these days is Patricia Altschul’s afternoon martini habit.
Craig finally seems to be on the up-and-up after suffering a bit from Peter Pan syndrome. But that seems to be part of the deal when you’re friends with Shep Rose. Now that Shep has grown up a bit, totally credited to his girlfriend Taylor Ann Green, Craig has too. He’s got a podcast with Austen among his new business endeavors and the two will be making an appearance in the Summer House/Southern Charm spinoff, Summer House Winter Charm (that NAME). Craigy’s been living the single life, hanging out with Paige DeSorbo and begging Kristin Cavallari to appear on Southern Charm. And I have to root for him – he can be immature at times but seems to have a good heart. And I only want good things to come for Craig and his pillows.
Southern Charm OG Craig Conover has really been on the up and up throughout the past year or so. He and Naomie Olindo broke up and while he was heartbroken, it was time for the toxicity between them to stop. He FINALLY passed the bar exam and opened his own law firm. And his pillow business, which started as a sewing hobby, blew up with online sales, tours and more.
Craigy finally seems to be getting his act together. And while it took him a while, it’s nice to see him turn his passion for sewing into a career. He’s come a long way from sewing homemade gifts for Cameran Eubanks’ baby to appearing on HSN and selling out his pillows online. He even has a podcast with Austen Kroll called “Pillows And Beer” based on their businesses.
This season, Southern Charm gave viewers lessons on how to handle situations poorly. The show was a hotbed of controversy with people who don’t know how to conduct themselves in polite society. Thank goodness Shep Rose wrote a book to provide guidelines we should all be following to achieve success. And if you believe that, Pat Altschul has a lovely
Ravenel bridge she would like to sell you. Fans went on a whirlwind journey dealing with a multitude of sensitive topics.
At least we were finally introduced to new faces. Successful business owner Leva Bonaparte. Potato chip guy John Pringle and his beard. And Madison LeCroy – hairstylist, Austen Kroll handler, and mom of one came on board full time. ‘Ol Mads has been in the media a lot lately, perhaps you have read about her entanglement with several men of an athletic nature. You might be under the impression Madison thinks very highly of herself, and that might actually be true – but it took some nips and tucks to get there.
Southern Charm has gone through quite the evolution in the span of the last few seasons. They’ve entered the modern era and left the good old boy vibes behind. Or at least they’re trying. They’ve also welcomed their first cast member of color, Leva Bonaparte to the cast.
Surprisingly, Leva and Kathryn Dennis ended up hitting it off despite their rocky start to the season. During her racist monkey emoji scandal, Kathryn leaned HEAVILY on Leva to talk her through things. She also got a new image consultant. Let’s see how that turned out!
Austen Kroll was extremely vocal on the recent Southern Charm reunion. Mainly, it was a battle of wits between himself and ex-girlfriend Madison LeCroy. Craig Conover was after Madison in a big way, after she supposedly went after his girlfriend Natalie. But Austen’s outbursts seemed to dominate the stage, and while his target was Madison, Austen had opinions about all the cast conflicts.
One feud of interest this season was between Kathryn Dennis and long-time friend Danni Baird. After expressing hurt for Kathryn’s silence during her “monkey emoji” situation, Danni found herself looking for an apology for the latter part of the season. Kathryn was not sympathetic to her friend’s feelings initially, but apparently the two made up after filming wrapped.
Southern Charm has been a doozy. The reunions have basically been insane remakes of the issues throughout the season. The cast-members rehashed Kathryn Dennis’ racism with a new gusto. Austen Kroll and Madison LeCroy seemed to have a new hateful passion as well. This season has changed the direction of a show that used to have a totally different vibe.
One major difference has been the exit of former cast-mate, Cameran Eubanks. And while Cameran hasn’t been on screen, her close friend Leva Bonaparte has. Leva has been open about her wishes for Cam to address some issues on camera. Leva also shared during Part 1 of the reunion that she and Cameran are not as close as they were before she joined the show.
The Southern Charm reunion came in so hot on last week’s episode. Craig Conover was gunning for Madison LeCroy from the moment they stepped onto the stage. He came to the reunion with his sights set on wrecking her entire existence. The accusation that she slept with a former MLB player stunned the world. It’s been the hottest gossip since Craig dropped that bomb into everyone’s lap.
When the first part concluded, Kathryn Dennis was back to her old self and ready to spar with Leva Bonaparte. After a season that felt like a never ending crusade against her, Kathryn’s looking for a fight. She believes Leva has twisted her narrative and slandered her name, and she’s out for vengeance. Leva may have bitten off more than she can chew by messing with Kathryn. She’s been a wildcard since Day 1, and Leva’s about to find out why firsthand.