The Shahs of Sunset have come a long way over the last nine seasons. Unlike other shows on Bravo, the cast members’ connections to one another going all the way back to childhood in many cases. Another key difference is the general stability of the cast. I mean stable in the tenure on camera sense, not the behavioral sense.
Reza Farahan and MJ Javid’s friendship started in high school. These two, along with Golnesa Gharachedaghi and Mike Shouhed, have been main cast members on the show for each and every season to date. Semi-remarkable. Especially considering the constant shake ups other reality seem to require. And what exactly do these deep connections and constantly produced interactions mean? Explosive arguments, of course!
We are about halfway through season 9 of Shahs of Sunset. This chaotic group is serving it up once again. Per usual, Reza Farahan is creating rifts left and right, trying to distract from his own issues. Meanwhile, Mike Shouhed is keeping his misogynistic tendencies center stage. I’m still chilled thinking about his silencing Paulina Ben-Cohen anytime emotions run high on camera. Control issues much?
Earlier this season Destiney Rose made it well known that she would not be putting up with any of Mike’s tomfoolery. She was quick to kick him out of her dinner party when his behavior started to ramp up. For some reason, this upset Golnesa Gharachedaghi who actually asked Destiney “who cares” if Mike cheats on his girlfriend. Really!? I thought GG was trying to stand for some sort of justice lately. This was a miss.
With great power comes great responsibility. I guess with mediocre power we should at LEAST expect mediocre responsibility? That only seems fair. At the same time, whatever level of power our Bravo-lebs are charged with, their responsibility will almost always be called out by the social-media beast. Don’t hate the player, and all that.
In the new-era of reality TV, almost every story-line can be traced back to social media. This isn’t even a new concept (cough cough Jacqueline Laurita cough). Super recently, Golnesa Garachedaghi used Twitter to take down Kelly Dodd. Now she’s facing her own back-lash over a recently aired Shahs of Sunset episode.
It’s been a sight to behold to watch Bravo fans unite over Braunwyn Windham-Burke and Kelly Dodd’s firings from the Real Housewives of Orange County. I truly cannot wait for the day that they become so irrelevant that I forget how to spell Boringwyn’s name correctly. For the show to prevail, they needed to get the boot. And Heather Dubrow couldn’t have picked a better time to make a comeback.
Kelly and Braunwyn have, to no one’s surprise, not been taking their fall from grace, well, gracefully. Braunwyn is having even more of an identity crisis now that she lost an audience to observe her train-wreck of a life. And she’s not going to grapple well with not having any sort of spotlight on herself, so no wonder she’s already eyeing an RHOC cameo. As for Kelly, she’s being Kelly. Hurling low-blow insults at Braunwyn and blaming her for their firings. Blaming Heather’s teenage son for giving her COVID-19 months ago. Even going back and forth with Shahs of Sunset star Golnesa Gharachedaghi on social media. So, it’s typical Kelly behavior.
Now that Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke have been officially fired from the Real Housewives of Orange County, I’m looking forward to the day that I never have to write about either of them ever again. But as of now (thanks to their desperate grasps for relevancy), that day has not come.
Boringwyn is taking the approach of giving any interview possible, debuting a new relationship with Fernanda Rocha and already trying to weasel her way in a Season 16 cameo. Meanwhile, Kelly Fraud is fighting with everyone. She attacked Braunwyn over text, blaming her for their firings. And she’s been publically feuding with Golnesa Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset. She’s not taking her fall very gracefully.
Everyone from the check-out person at Publix to high-ranking attorneys seems to have something to say about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne. The only people not discussing Erika’s trials and tribulations are the members of the coveted and exclusive group, Fox Force Five. Erika’s solid group of loyal friends tried calling themselves The Golden Girls, but alas, the name was taken and Bea Arthur’s ghost wants nothing to do with this mess. It appears the ladies bound by
trust honor integrity television have sanctioned a vow of silence on their team-member’s struggles and only speak to the media when Lisa Vanderpump sneezes.
Other Bravolebrities have EJ on the brain and have publicly commented on her situation. Former Real Housewives of Orange County spitfire Kelly Dodd pretty much comments on everything right after she refreshes a webpage. No one is safe and Erika’s legal matters haven’t been spared. Recently Kelly had a viewing of the Hulu documentary detailing Erika and Tom Girardi’s nefarious charges. So Kelly decided to perform a public service and lend a voice of support to the widows and orphans.
This season of Shahs of Sunset wasted no time getting right down to the drama. “Best friends” of 2,000+ years Reza Farahan and Mercedes “MJ” Javid have tried mending fences after a tumultuous last season. While I don’t think MJ should ever forgive him for what he pulled, she seemingly has and they are forging ahead. Well, minus that pesky little restraining order Reza still has against MJ’s husband, Tommy Feight.
Another major source of drama has been Mike Shouhed, who I truly think will never change. Despite claiming that current girlfriend Paulina Ben-Cohen is the one, he just can’t keep his nose clean. When some illicit texts came to light, Mike pulled the deny, deny, deny game like he always does. But eventually, he had to come clean and confess not only to Paulina, but to the rest of the Shahs.
Did you have a bad 2020? Did the Corona get you down in the dumps? Did the pressure of not being able to leave your home force you to… begin salaciously texting with someone who wasn’t your partner? Shahs of Sunset star, Mike Shouhed recently admitted falling victim to
his dool a “dark time” during the pandemic. Naturally, it’s all going down on the 9th season of the show.
The genuine relationships documented on Shahs of Sunset afford the ability to execute drama that feels less contrived than say, a same-sex affair that may or may not have happened. Mike has definitely contributed his fair share of drama. His playboy ways only act to malign any hopes of maintaining a healthy, romantic relationship. After divorcing Jessica Parido due to his infidelity, Mike found love again with Paulina Ben-Cohen. Now Paulina and Mike are taking the next step in their relationship, living together. Oh, Paulina.