The finale of Real Housewives of Orange County was last week. It was…odd. On the whole, the season was good in that the women opened up their actual lives on camera. Emily Simpson showed us the anxieties of having a loved one in the hospital with COVID. Gina Kirschenheiter showed us the aftermath of domestic violence and divorce. Kelly Dodd was an all-out idiot and Shannon Beador was exhausting (some things don’t change). Elizabeth Lyn Vargas brought nothing to the table (not even Vince Neil) until she revealed she was raised in a religious cult. And Braunwyn Windham-Burke broke her back carrying the season with the chaos that is her life.
There was no attempt made in the finale to depict these women as actual friends outside the show. The season ended abruptly on the beach with the fakest toast ever seen on a Housewives series. It was super apparent that these women are united only in their mutual disdain for Braunwyn. There is no need to reiterate that she is going through major life changes. Whether it’s all true or for camera time doesn’t even bother me because she’s imploding her own life, not her fellow cast members’. Regardless, her cast mates think everything she’s doing is for likes and camera time. But I think in one case they’re deflecting from their own ignorance.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke carried this entire season of Real Housewives of Orange County. It has been dark, difficult, and surprisingly honest. Braunwyn admitted that she is an alcoholic. During the coronavirus lockdown, Braunwyn told RHOC viewers that she had never used a washing machine. And that she physically hit her husband, Sean Burke, for the second time.
That is horrible. Worse yet, the incident happened in front of one of their kids. Braunwyn regretted her actions, and said that “Sean was the only thing that stood between me, and you know, a bottle of alcohol.” Again–physical violence is never acceptable.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke has been on quite the journey. I know we have said it over and over but it’s true. Honestly, it’s hard keeping up with Braunwyn news these days. In the course of this season of Real Housewives of Orange County, she’s given us a lot. She’s admitted to being an alcoholic, slapping her husband, Sean Burke and now coming out as a lesbian. I’ll say it again – that was all in one season. Whew.
Despite her living her truth, not everyone is feeling it. She’s been accused of being thirsty for attention multiple times. Some even think she’s using her alcoholism as a storyline. For the record, I don’t support that theory. I think Braunwyn needed help and didn’t want to quit the show so she put it all out there. Which for others struggling with abuse must be a big moment of relatability. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Yesterday, a lot of people shared inspirational sentiments in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Thirst monster Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi shared a post in his honor. However, she tainted the sentiment by taking the opportunity to promote a florist, which bothered some Instagram users.
This season of Real Housewives of Orange County hasn’t been the most exciting. Let’s be honest. However, my hopes are high for the reunion.
I have been wondering for days what Braunwyn Windham-Burke allegedly did to Shannon Beador’s daughter Stella Beador. Ever since that reunion trailer came out, I have been so curious. Of course, we will find out in due time since the reunion is airing soon. But, who wants to be patient when they’re craving the tea?
When we first met Real Housewives of Salt Lake City stars Heather Gay and Lisa Barlow, their relationship was already rocky. Lisa, who owns several alcohol brands with her husband, channeled Mariah Carey and denied knowing Heather during their days at the same college. Well, except that she remembered that her RHOSLC co-star was “a good time girl.”
This was news to Heather, who was upset by Lisa’s comments. Heather, who owns Beauty Lab & Laser, is divorced from Billy Gay III who comes from “Mormon Royalty.” She has struggled to find her footing since her divorce, and recently confided in her three daughters that she feels shamed and judged by the Mormon church.
Y’all we did it. We made it through this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. This season included the co-pandemics of the Coronavirus and the country’s glaring issues of racial inequities. Being filmed during the beginnings of the pandemic shutdowns made this season much different from anything we’ve seen on Bravo before. For instance, it was also our first season without icky Vicki Gunvalson. The cast shake up and current events somehow shifted the focus all the way left to Braunwyn Windham-Burke.
The reunion trailer featured Braunwyn taking a beating from the other women. Not to mention they’ve all been trashing her since the season ended. Above all, it’s pretty obvious she is on the major outs with the cast.
Jen Shah is bringing the drama to the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. Arguably, she is doing the work for the entire cast, because without the regular interactions between her and Mary Cosby, there isn’t a ton of conflict. It’s as if these ladies are actually respectful and caring toward one another.
After last week’s disastrous meltdown at Sharrieff Shah’s birthday, questions were raised as to whether Jen is turning up the histrionics for the cameras. Whitney Rose already insinuated that Jen modifies her character when in the company of her husband. So, the question remains. Who is the real Jen Shah?