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.
Going into the latest Real Housewives of Orange County, I assumed I would be supporting Braunwyn Windham-Burke 100% of the way. She was a very vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She was very supportive of the LGBTQI+ community before ultimately coming out as a lesbian herself. And then she managed to be so frustrating, annoying, and hypocritical that it has been so hard to root for her.
After Braunwyn hit her husband Sean Burke, offered her drug dealer’s contact information to Shannon Beador’s then-14-year-old daughter Stella Beador, and all of her other offensive behaviors and hypocrisies, I just cannot be a card-carrying member of Team Braunwyn. She even hired a professional photographer to take photos of her during a Black Lives Matter protest, which comes across as incredibly self-serving.
This is it. The end of Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. We made it, guys. Now, I for one wouldn’t actually say it’s been the worst season in modern Housewives history. (That distinction still goes, in my opinion, to Season 13…) But it certainly was an odd duck in the show’s fifteen-year canon. And sure, there are plenty of reasons. Blame it on the pandemic. Or in the glaring absence of Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson. Blame it on the new girl. Or on the fact that these women don’t really have authentic friendships anymore.
But really, when you look back at the history of RHOC, the show veered off course after Season 11. And it’s been in a never-ending nose dive ever since. (Though I for one rather enjoyed most of Season 14…) Personally, I have my theories about why that is. (Read: the unforgivable loss of Heather Dubrow, which many fans are just now starting to recognize four seasons after her exit.) But either way, this is where we’ve arrived. So for one last time, let’s dive back into the complicated mire that is Season 15 in the OC.
It’s reunion time! And the Real Housewives of Orange County are gathered for a safe, socially distanced sit-down at L.A.’s historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The ladies dressed in their best red, white and black, and they’re ready to do battle. Can you guys believe this is the fifteenth time we’ve done this in Orange County? We’ve certainly come a long way from watching clips from the season on a rolling TV in Vicki Gunvalson‘s grotto sans Andy Cohen. And also Kimberly Bryant. Remember her?
Let’s talk about the Real Housewives of Orange County reunion fashion, yes? The color palette doesn’t seem to have a definitive theme and the looks are…varied. To say the least. My personal vote for best of the bunch goes to Emily Simpson for her va-va-voom burgundy gown. It’s a fab update on the red velvet wrap dress she wore at the Season 14 reunion, which also happened to be my favorite look that year. (Em sure tends to turn it out come reunion time, doesn’t she?) It seems she knows red’s her color, and she looks better than ever.
Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County centered, for better or worse, around Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She admitted that she is an alcoholic. Braunwyn told RHOC viewers that she had physically hit her husband, Sean Burke, in front of their children. Sean, of course, stood up for his wife.
In December, Braunwyn announced that she is a lesbian. She started dating her girlfriend, Kris, but has no plans to divorce Sean. Braunwyn said, “I think, for me, the most important thing is when I’m with Sean, I’m with Sean. When I’m with Kris, I’m with Kris. … [I] give them a hundred percent of me when I’m with them.” Does Braunwyn have any time in her jam-packed schedule for her seven kids?
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.
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?
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.