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.
Is anyone still enjoying Kelly Dodd these days? While the Real Housewives of Orange County star still has some diehard stans coming to her defense on social media, it’s getting harder to find people who will stand behind her. And while she might have been previously known as a spunky shit-stirrer, she has definitely crossed over into territory that she can’t come back from.
Maybe it was all the controversial comments about the coronavirus. Sure, she tried to apologize. But in true Kelly form, those apologies felt forced, empty and fell flat. Maybe it was wearing a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat to her bridal shower. She apologized for that too but it was more of a justification for doing it in the first place. Then there was the epic declaration at the reunion that she’s Black. Her stunned castmates quickly found out that revelation was from a 23 and Me test and hardly qualified her as Black. Let alone able to claim that she understands or has experienced life as a Black woman.
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.
Shannon Beador is having to defend herself all over the place lately. Even her other amigas have turned on her. Her time may really be up. Overall, she’s been a pretty blah the entire 15th season of Real Housewives of Orange County. She was hardly even memorable at the reunions. Pretty hard to do when you drop a bomb like Braunwyn Windham-Burke offering your child cocaine.
Whether it’s just due to Braunwyn’s ability to suck the focus from anyone, or her actual lack of personality shining through, Shannon is getting left behind. Unfortunately, she’s been remembered this year for a Housewife’s worst nightmare. Bad work.
Very few Housewives actually quit the show. They usually make up some nonsense about “other opportunities in the future” and “deciding to step away.” However, being a Real Housewife comes with a lot of perks that would be hard for most of these women to pass up.
Even before Real Housewives of Orange County Season 15 started airing, the fandom started to turn against Kelly Dodd. She made many comments about the coronavirus pandemic, referring to it as “God’s way of thinning the herd.” She declared that “no one is dying” in Orange County. Then, she wore a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.
We haven’t even seen the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 15 reunion yet, but a major spoiler leaked. Braunwyn Windham-Burke ALLEGEDLY offered cocaine to Shannon Beador’s daughter Stella Beador.
Stella is 16 years old currently, but she was 14 at the time of the alleged incident. The allegation hasn’t been officially confirmed, but Braunwyn did respond to a fan comment.
All good things must come to an end, and then there’s this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. Because of the Rona, we didn’t have as many episodes produced, so that was a tiny gift to viewers. I doubt anyone will dispute it was Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s season. Not so much because she is a compelling individual, she just pulled every card in the Bravo playbook and laid them all down.
Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was supposed to be a breath of fresh air, but, was she? Elizabeth may or may not be hiding stuff about her marriage, divorce, and relationship with that dude she definitely isn’t banging. Shannon Beador’s new man was supposed to soften her attitude. Unfortunately, that ‘tude is sharper than ever and those edges are jagged – and for Christ’s sake, she asked for EGG WHITES. Our favorite scientist Kelly Dodd’s job might be on the line, because her mouth is it’s own entity. RHOC is finally over and the reunion is coming. Let’s see what we’re in for.