When Leah McSweeney was introduced as the new cast member of Real Housewives of New York, she described herself as a bit of a misfit. The out of place rebel in a prestigious New York City catholic school. Now that she is mixing with the post-menopausal ladies of the upper east and west sides, you’d think she was in the same predicament.
The reaction of the rest of the cast, besides the ever juvenile Tinsley Mortimer, was of shock and disdain at Leah’s array of tattoos. The most offending one being a tramp stamp of her name. Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer were internalizing this revelation just before Leah arrived for the Hamptons sleep over. Leah received a warm welcome, and then some off-hand remarks. She and Dorinda got into it before leaving the house for dinner. This situation could have escalated further had Leah not responded to Dorinda the way she did.
Dorinda Medley couldn’t even get through the season premiere of Real Housewives of New York without being massively triggered by Tinsley Mortimer and her supposed lack of authenticity. Tinsley is regularly accosted for not sharing the scope of her personal life on the show. Perhaps she just wants to treat the show like a job and her castmates as co-workers.
Us viewers can relive this Tinsley and Dorinda saga through fresh eyes. Leah McSweeney, as the new housewife, had yet to experience any of this. Can anyone blame her for being shocked by Dorinda’s remarks? Sonja Morgan tries to mediate between Dorinda and Tinsley but ends up starting drama instead. At Ramona Singer’s Hamptons sleepover, Leah and Dorinda had an escalating conversation. But rather than it blowing up, it earned Leah Dorinda’s respect for “holding her own.”
The inclusion of Leah McSweeney into Real Housewives Of New York is creating a cultural divide between generations. Here we have Leah, a millennial on the cusp of also being a Gen Xer. Someone, ahem, my age. Then we have the rest of the ‘girls.’ Still calling themselves “girls” well (WELL) past the acceptable age of being called so. Which is something only middle-aged women of a certain generation do. These girls are actually OKBoomers, and these boomers are treating Leah and Tinsley Mortimer like their willful daughters who don’t recognize good sense.
The problem is, of course, that Tinsley and Leah are grown-ass women, well-past the acceptable age of being called “girls” themselves. Although Tinsley has clung vehemently to the pretensions of her mother’s generation and, on the surface, tries to adhere to the notions of how one behaves. Leah is more like “fuck it all.” She’s Bethenny Frankel-lite, which is why she’s shaping up to be a good replacement.
What is going on with Dorinda Medley this season on Real Housewives of New York? She is all sorts of angry. It appears to be a textbook case of misplaced rage. And it’s just not a good look for the RHONY vet.
She’s made up Luann de Lesseps after their Jovani-induced bitter feud. Now, she has her sights set on Tinsley Mortimer and the new girl Leah McSweeney. She came for Tinsley during the Season 12 premiere episode. Dorinda is mad at Tinsley for not being open enough about her life. I would have loved to see Dorinda watching that scene of Tinsley speaking into a translator to speak to her dogs in Chinese… because she rescued them from China. Last night, Dorinda joined in on the group think to diss Leah for her tattoos. As of this moment, it seems like Dorinda would vote those two off the show if she had the choice.
As we are all aware, we are living in some tough times these days. At least, we have some entertaining TV shows to watch while we are social distancing and staying safe in our homes.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Watch What Happens Live has been filming new episodes via video chat. Andy Cohen hosts from the safety of his New York City apartment. And different guests video chat in from wherever they are. Although it’s great to see the stars glammed up with pounds of hair extensions and self-tanner, this filming from home thing definitely has some advantages. For instance, there are no travel schedules to consider. This means that it is possible to have premium guests every single night.
We all knew that Bethenny Frankel quit Real Housewives of New York, but no one expected it to be addressed on the show. We all know how much these women (Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps) hate all of the attention that Bethenny gets. Not gonna lie, I was pretty shook when the season 12 premiere episode opened with a (staged) montage of the women reacting to the news.
Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan seemed genuinely upset, but Ramona and Lu couldn’t be more thrilled.
Just like the rest of us, Bravolebrities can be Bravo fans as well. Vanderpump Rules couple Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark are Real Housewives of New York superfans. They love watching RHONY together, which sounds like the ideal relationship to me.
Stassi is so invested in RHONY that she’s willing to put her own Bravo paycheck on the line if she can make some casting changes.