Kathryn Dennis really tried it immediately into this season of Southern Charm. I wonder if she had known what was in store for her, if she would have done things differently this year. Things are so bleak for the woman some viewers hailed as a queen in seasons past.
Of course, it doesn’t help that she just can’t seem to quit Thomas Ravenel. Why is he still here? Like at all? These two have been off and on for years. Their custody battles have been raging for what feels like forever. Among these court cases have been ongoing claims of Kathryn’s drug use. Including allegations of substance use with the show’s crew! Yeeeesh.
Southern Charm is currently giving viewers a season shrouded in controversy. The cast is tackling the beginnings of the Coronavirus pandemic and the height of the Black Lives Matter movement that had a massive impact on society in general. And if you’re weary of either the disease of bacteria or the disease of racism, you’re out of luck because this is what was happening in Southern towns across the US.
The spotlight is on Kathryn Dennis – again. Because she has a knack for stirring things up. In the midst of the BLM wave, Kathryn engaged in a heated exchange with a Black DJ. While attempting to emphasize a point, Kathryn chose to use a monkey emoji in a comment. We all know how that turned out. Now Kathryn’s ride-or-die friend, Danni Baird, is speaking out on Kathryn’s behalf. I guess someone has to do it.
Kathryn Dennis seems to flit in and out of people’s lives. She blew hot and cold with baby daddy Thomas Ravenel and follows the same pattern of behavior with her friendships. It’s either a lot of involvement or silence. And Danni Baird, who has been true supporter of Kathryn’s through the seasons, has come face to face with this realization. How she processes this info and what decisions she makes will be revealed on the next episode of Southern Charm, but last week Danni was clearly hurt and disappointed.
The fallout of Kathryn’s “monkey emoji” mishap has come to a head at a sensitive time. Cast member Leva Bonaparte, speaking in tandem with Black Lives Matter, advocated for the removal of archaic statues of historical figures that advocated for slavery in Charleston. Kathryn’s ancestor was one of them. The removal of the statue did not interest Kathryn as much as trying to restore her image after the emoji news broke. So she reached out to Leva multiple times to navigate the situation. Danni felt hurt that Kathryn did not include her in the process. The reality is, Kathryn specifically needed Leva’s help to do damage control.
Southern Charm really feels like it is missing Cameran Eubanks. She was the classy, mature one in the group who had her life organized since the series premiere. Cameran was a good friend to her cast mates, and side-stepped any conflict by simply choosing not to engage.
Despite her friendship with the cast, there was one person that Cameran always kept at arms length. Rightly so perhaps. Drama and rumors swirled around Kathryn Dennis since her involvement with Thomas Ravenel to the current season. Kathryn was also behind the rumor that Cameran’s husband Jason Wimberly was having an affair. This vicious gossip is the reason that Cameron left the show. Now, Cameran’s friend and cast successor Leva Bonaparte is sharing her opinion regarding her departure.
The Southern Charm series sure has it’s share of love triangles and failed relationships. Currently we have Thomas Ravenel, his newest baby’s mother, and Kathryn Dennis. Then there’s Austen Kroll, Madison LeCroy, and John Pringle. Honestly, none of these combinations of relationships are going to work out. But that’s not why we watch, is it?
This show has also kept viewers on their toes for the birth of three Southern Charm babies in 7 seasons. Thomas and Kathryn had their two. Shortly after they entered into an intense custody battle, and there was yet another love triangle. This time it involved the infamous Ashley Jacobs. There was also Cameran Eubanks who previously claimed she would never be ready for parenthood. Instead, she has taken motherhood by the ovaries. It’s almost impossible to say what will happen next, but that didn’t stop the current cast from placing their bets anyways!
The ladies and gentleman of Southern Charm are about to be hit with a dose of reality like never before. COVID-19 is making its debut in this episode, and things will never be the same again. Everything is going to be different moving forward. It’ll be interesting to see how they navigate filming in the midst of the pandemic. This was one of the network’s first shows to be impacted by the virus.
The drama is heating up within the group though. The arrival of John Pringle might end up being the worst thing to ever happen to Austen Kroll. His interest in Austen’s girlfriend Madison LeCroy is SUSPECT. This man JUST came into the group, and this is the chaos he is already causing. There are so many other women in Charleston that he could pursue. Why set your sights on someone you know is in a relationship?
Thomas Ravenel was an essential part of Southern Charm. Without Thomas, we wouldn’t have seen Kathryn Dennis’ life go down the drain as a result of REALLY bad choices and a broken boyfriend picker. Yes, Thomas brought the drama and scandal but he eventually brought the sexual assault charges, so he got fired as a result.
While some fans are disgusted at the mere mention of Thomas’ name, others felt the show took a nosedive when he departed. Kathryn went on to receive a redemption edit that warmed your cockles, that she has since all but blown out of the water. Fast forward to Season 7. After declaring Southern Charm basically ruined his life, T-Rav showed up on the premier episode. Turns out his surprise cameo didn’t cause the internet to shut down with demands from people wanting him back. Naturally Thomas shared his disillusion with the public – before deleting his own words.
Thomas Ravenel was introduced as a relic of a bygone era. The Southern Charm OG cast member, in theory, embodied what we envision as a “southern gentleman.” He has the money, the established name, and a renovated plantation. Thomas even wears the white dinner jackets. The most eligible bachelor in a cross-section of the Charleston population to whom things like that matter. Society, and the cast of the show, revolved around his events and personal life.
It didn’t take long for the real Thomas to emerge. He blamed it on bad editing. Thomas “quit” the show, calling it the “worst mistake” of his life. One could assume that Thomas would not want to be in front of the cameras again. However, he appeared in the Season 7 premiere alongside his ex and baby momma, Kathryn Dennis. He even allowed cameras in his home to film their two children.