Bravo doesn’t have anything in the way of a write up for tonight’s episodes of the Atlanta Hairdressers Tell All episode, but I assume it’s some sort of teaser/preview like last year’s preview episode that took us back to some of the cast as they were growing up.
Andy has tweeted that WWHL will be LIVE tonight despite the storm. Joanna and Karent are guests.
So for tonight …
Real Housewives of Miami Bras and Brawls Part II is on after Atlanta. From the videos posted on-line and the preview we’ve been seeing all season, this is the one where Adriana slaps/punches Joanna Krupa.
This is the second time physical violence will be shown on a housewives show.
I’m not counting Sheree Winfield’s wig tug, and any physical altercation that occurred between NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak happened off camera.
The actual first time was Ashley (now she spells it Ashlee) Holmes pulling out Danielle Staub’s weave at the Porsche Fashion show. Ashlee was found guilty of assault. Read about the assault case here.
When Lea Black tweeted this out this afternoon, I’ve got to admit I was disgusted. Since when does “bitch slap” become something to promote.
But Lea isn’t alone. Even the producers and Andy Cohen are promoting the episode with the twitter hashtag #bitchslap. Seriously?
I’ve decided that like Abby Lee Miller (Dance Moms), I’m going to rate the cast on their performances over the last weeks. Top of the pyramid is good. Bottom – not so much. Here’s how I feel about the Miami cast.
At the top is Romain Zago – who has been steady and calm throughout all of Joanna’s hysterical outbursts. From the looks of the preview – he tries to diffuse the situation that will unfold tonight, before walking away in disgust.
Next row – Lisa. The only thing that stopped Lisa from being at the top of the pyramid was the line about Lingerie being like Breast Cancer. Other than that I find her very likable. Same with Ana. She hasn’t had much of a story line, but I like her so far. Alexia also made this row but barely – I’m growing tired of her bad mouthing Karent. It’s growing boring.
Next row – Marysol. Like Alexia, Marysol needs to stop talking about Karent – yawn boring – and bad mouthing Lea’s event. Although I give her props for trying to stay out of the drama. She easily could have been one row up. Marta. Lazy Marta. Lea Black. Besides the tweet – she brought Joe Francis to the party. But she did try to calm things down so I didn’t put her in the bottom row.
Bottom row – Joanna. Enough with the hysterics already. You gave Joe Francis air. Karent Sierra. Carrier pigeon was an apt term for this shit stirrer – and it looks like the remaining drama of the night centers around her. Joe Francis. Ugh. James (Elaine) for pushing another guest in the pool and being an all around negative person on twitter. And Adriana. There is never an excuse for physical violence and she should have been fired.
Real Housewives of Miami Cast Blogs by IDon’tBelieveinUnicorns (the remaining ones)
This is my third PETA campaign, and I wanted to make sure it showed a more comedic side to a very strong message. But I also wanted to make sure it was still controversial like my last campaign, because without controversy you don’t get the same impact in getting your message heard.
I realize some may have thought what Joanna did was over the top and some may even have thought it was in bad taste but I get it and kudos to her for her passion. Joanna’s photos did make Bethenny’s seem tame. I hazard to guess that Kra Kra Kelly is now sporting a neck brace because of the whiplash she got turning away from her tv in disgust and Cindy (as in Cindy who?) was salivating at the thought of “if only.” Just hope it didn’t give her any ideas.
I will fight until the day I die to be a voice for these amazing creatures.
The reason I decided to do a protest against the Kardashian store was because Khloe Kardashian did an anti-fur campaign years ago, and I found out they were selling fur at Dash. To me, someone like that is a hypocrite and I wanted to make sure they were exposed. Even during and after the protest, they made a statement they never sold fur. Well here is the proof.
Here Joanna shows a Dash sales receipt for a rabbit fur vest and the vest itself. Looked just like the fur vest that the infamous PETA “supporter” hypocritically wore to so obviously try and get under Bethenny’s skin in RHoNY. I just can’t help but to analogize Miami to other franchises. There are many comparisons that are a perfect fit.
Since then I am happy to say Dash in Calabasas closed and they reopened in West Hollywood, which is now fur free. To make it clear, I have nothing against the Kardashians, but I will always speak my mind when it comes to protecting animals. It’s not a direct attack against them. I am very passionate about helping the voiceless and defenseless and will never give that up. I will always fight to try to open people’s eyes to the cruelties out there and hope to change one person at a time. If someone can watch the fur videos of these animals get skinned alive and still purchase a fur coat, then to me they are not humans. I believe karma will get each and every one of them for hurting God’s creatures. I am against any type of cruelty to animals. Amen!
Joanna goes on to describe facts in gory detail regarding the cruelty to animals that occurs to provide fur items of clothing. I’m a supporter of PETA and I was aware of most of them but not all. I can’t stress how horrendous these animals are treated. Much of today’s fur comes from China from where it’s not unusual for the fur to be fraudulently labeled so what a person may actually be wearing is from a dog or cat that are often skinned alive. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I struggled with the decision of whether or not I should provide all those facts in this blog. I think it’s so important for people to know what is happening but it is extremely jarring and upsetting to say the least. Joanna’s blog has brought me to tears and I don’t think it’s something people expect from this blog although I applaud Joanna for providing it in hers. I don’t want to preach but I implore anyone who is thinking of buying a fur anything to first check out these Basic Cruel Facts in Joanna’s blog. Actually I think it’s important for everyone to become informed of the practices used and how utterly horrific these animals are treated, used and abused. I apologize for going off on a tangent here, but I’m an animal lover and I never feel like I’m doing enough. I’ll leave it at that.
Alternatives to Fur
Animals are simply not ours to wear. In the 21st century, people can choose to be cruel or kind. With so many fashionable, comfortable, and warm options available today, there is no excuse for wearing bits and pieces of any animal’s fur or skin. There’s a reason why people don’t climb mountains or go skiing in fur coats. The synthetics available today are much lighter, and they’re far more durable and practical.
I agree completely.
Fur has fallen out of favor. Top designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Stella McCartney and retailers like J.Crew and Forever 21 now refuse to use or sell any fur products.
Heartless designers like Michael Kors and Donatella Versace — who continue to use abused animals in their so-called designs — are a dying breed. Young consumers are the future and are largely opposed to the cruelty of fur. A recent survey in Elle Girl revealed that teens think that animal rights is the “coolest” political cause.
Call out those heartless designers!
Reports from the fur industry show sluggish sales, which result in huge surplus stocks after the fall and winter as a result of a constantly decreasing demand. According to a recent Gallup poll, 96 percent of Americans oppose cruelty to animals, and it shows in Americans’ decision to shun fur.
I’d like see 100% in opposition, in every country on every continent. I’d like to see no market for fur at all. And while we’re at it, let’s start to truly reverse global warming and protect our rain forests. And since we’re being serious, there’s a few real housewives I’d really like to see banished.
If fur is becoming more prevalent, it’s because the market is being flooded by cheap imports from China, now that their industry is booming and trade restrictions had been lifted. The fur trade is a violent, bloody industry. Trapping, beating, drowning, and ripping animals’ skins from their backs simply for vanity is absolutely indefensible. There is no beauty in animal cruelty. Fur is only worn by a very visible cult of pretentious fashion editors, but for the general public, fur remains about as popular as a cold sore.
Sing it sistah!!! Joanna may be starting to warm up a seat on the crazy train but I’ll always be a fan.
The fixatives and other chemicals used to treat animal skins are highly toxic and carcinogenic.
Another angle for those who possibly care more about themselves than the animals.
Congrats to Lisa for a fun party, action packed (maybe too much action, but let’s come back to that later). Hope she raised a lot of money. I’m just trying to understand a couple of things, so help me out here. I recall Lisa being very clear that she “doesn’t agree with people talking about people behind their backs.” From the first episode until now (7 weeks), she’s never missed the opportunity to ridicule, backstab, or make condescending remarks about me on the show and in her blogs.
C’mon… everybody knows you can’t be a real housewife without being a hypocrite.
BTW, my “hilarious” comment (made while hugging her) was a compliment about how over-the-top fabulous her lingerie outfit was. (Clarification since she seems to misinterpret my snark — Hilarious, of course, being the new fabulous.) And did I mention, once again, we get to see her hot body? Surprise!
Just to be certain, I looked up “hilarious” in my computer’s thesaurus and just as I suspected, “fabulous” wasn’t in the list… and to be thorough neither was “the new fabulous.”
Even after my lovely phone conversation with her (in which at any time she could have told me anything she thought or felt directly to my face) she remarks her party “may not be up to Lea’s standards.” Maybe T and A aren’t my strong suit, but I did make a financial contribution and I did go out on the eve of my gala (after which I then went back and worked until about 3 in the morning to make up for the break I took) all to show my support to Lisa and for a good cause. I am wondering how seriously I should take these low-blow remarks. So far I’ve laughed them off, but I wonder if Lisa will give me the same courtesy for pointing out a couple of contradictions.
Strangely, Lea leaves out that she also brought some charming *cough* * gag* guests with her.
Not every great friendship begins with peace, love, and kumbaya. Yes, we got off to a rocky start, but sometimes the best friendships are built on rocks, boulders, or in her case, silicone.
No one should ever put a comment like that in writing… they’ll never be able to deny they said it.
Then we had Karent under attack again. Now that’s “hilarious.” Next.
THAT was hilarious AND fabulous.
Karent says the article twisted her words — reminds me of when Charles Barkley says a few ugly things about his teammates in his book then claimed he was misquoted. One journalist said, “But Charles, you wrote the book.”…
See now, this was my point about the comment above. It can’t be denied once it’s in writing in a book OR a blog. They could always blame it on a ghost writer I suppose but no real housewife ever seems to want to admit to that.
Enter Joe Francis announcing (when asked) he “dated” both Marta and Joanna. Gotta love unfiltered Joe. Joanna’s reaction (when the sex mention came up)? You’re a jerk and deserve to go to jail. As friends of both (or should I say all three), who cares who dated whom or had sex with whom or didn’t have sex with whom? And when? And where? (Movie theatres, anyone? Times have changed I guess.) Too much information. But Joanna, while protecting her reputation, forces Joe to defend his remarks. It made for firework heaven, and no permit was required by the city of Miami Beach. And did I mention Romain, once again, was the consummate gentleman.
We transfer from “was she a stripper or wasn’t she”?… to “did she sleep with Joe or didn’t she”? Lea agrees… who cares? Just please tell me there’s not going to be a fashion show in the Miami finale!
Karent smiling too much — that’s her personality; big problem for some of the girls. Translation: some think she should just keep her mouth shut. Marysol’s interpretation: “she is trying to be something she’s not.” My interpretation: she’s an award-winning actress for putting on a (Colgate) smile while all the daggers continue to come out. Enough is enough. At least she has good teeth as well she should.
Doesn’t an award-winning actress win that award for being really good at trying to be something she’s not? I guess dentists aren’t like carpenters. Everyone knows what is said about carpenters’ houses.
Things to think about this week:
Should one kiss and tell?
Is smiling too much and being too friendly worth the backlash? And why a backlash anyway?
If you overhear something at a party, should you repeat it?
Does lingerie bring out the best or the worst in people? Or does it just reveal (both literally and figuratively) who we are? Maybe it just personifies who we are, add a drink or two, and maybe it just “screams” who we are?
If a columnist writes an article about a group you’re a part of, should you take it personally if you don’t (or do) think it applies?
Is laughing more fun than gossiping, pouting, or stirring things up?
What is gossip anyway? We’ve been told some of these girls don’t like gossip, so I’m trying to determine what’s gossip and what’s not. Maybe ridiculing and gossip are not the same? And talking behind someone’s back, what category does that fall in?
Can some dish it out but not take it? Just curious.
And what’s the difference between watching and observing things happen versus creating and making things happen? Which one might be boring to watch?
Are some people looking for what’s wrong rather than embracing what’s not? Why would anyone do that? Curious.
Are double standards appropriate/acceptable?
The answers to all of these questions are entirely dependent on whether or not the one answering is a Real Housewife.
If anyone’s interested, Lea has provided the article that caused the drama and I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of it.
The “blog” for your reading pleasure and to clarify any misunderstandings:
I arrived at Lisa’s lingerie fundraising event quite happy to be there. I think Lisa did a great job, and I see many philanthropic strides in her future. I had not been at the event more than three minutes and was barely clinging to my cocktail when Karent swoops in to tell me that my attire is not acceptable to Joanna’s liking. Really? I mean, I barely know Karent. We have exchanged a few hellos and glances up until this point. In fact, she hardly knew any of us. Furthermore, if Joanna was so upset, she could have very easily come up to me and we would have discussed it, which we eventually did later that evening.
I’ve made it quite clear how I stand on fur, however, even I believe that Karent was out of line and if Joanna truly requested that Karent approach Marysol and ask if it was fur she was wearing, then Joanna was out of line too. I’m all for standing up for one’s beliefs but that certainly wasn’t the way to handle it.
I decided to chat a bit with Lea and Joe, who noticed Joanna and proceeded to tell a story about how they had met years back. The story was a bit unsavory and definitely not one to be repeated. Karent asked if he had a similar meeting/encounter with Joanna’s sister, Marta, and it was all downhill from there. Not only was it inappropriate to ask someone if they “had slept with both of them,” but to drag Joe over to Joanna to repeat the story in front of her fiancé was beyond reckless. Everyone knows that Joanna and Romain were already having problems in their relationship. This was fuel to the fire, not to mention that it put Romain at risk of a physical altercation.
Karent seems to possess many of the attributes that is the making of a “most hated housewife.”
So not only was I being warned of impending doom because of my clothing choice, but now Joanna was crying, Joe was irritated, and Romain was in disbelief and trying to hold himself together. This created a domino effect of anger that carried through the entire evening; and as you will see, it escalated far beyond anything I have ever witnessed in my entire life.
Queue “Tubular Bells.”
I was tempted to submit a blank page in lieu of a blog. To say that this episode speaks for itself is an understatement. To tarnish the beauty of this epic display of someone’s character (or lack thereof) by attempting to describe it would be criminal. So I will sit on my hands and do nothing. I will allow what was witnessed tonight to find its rightful place in the mind of the viewers. Because no matter how much one roots for a perceived underdog or how much one rationalizes human behavior, this episode is a veritable smoking gun.
She may as well have submitted a blank page instead of a “blog” if you can call it that. So it’s not a total loss, I’ll include the recipe Ana provided. It does sound pretty good.
This episode and next are the epitome of what we Cubans call an “Arroz con Mango” (a huge mess) so in that spirit here is my recipe for Mango Rice and Chicken Salad.
Mango Rice and Chicken Salad
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (I often use a rotisserie chicken for this recipe)
- 1 ½ cups cooked converted long grain rice (I like Uncle Bens- I also substitute brown rice sometimes)
- 3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt (or more to taste)
- 3/4 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 ripe but firm medium sized mango, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 1 ripe but firm medium sized avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 fresh jalapeno pepper- seeds and ribs removed finely diced (optional)
- ¼ lightly toasted slivered almonds
Toss the rice, chicken, onion, mango, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and almonds in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine oil, lime juice, salt and pepper until well blended. Pour over salad and toss well. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Great. Now I’m hungry.
Let’s put it this way… Alexia had nothing to add to what everyone else blogged about. I’ll just say… one thing is apparent… She doesn’t like Karent.
Oh… and I don’t think she’s crazy about Lisa either. Okay, maybe I will include a couple of paragraphs and let you decide for yourselves…
I’ve never wanted to use my blog to bash the others, because I believe in telling people to their face what I think and feel. Therefore the reunion will be very interesting, because we will have a chance to clarify face-to-face all these situations that the viewers and myself have been aware of.
On that note, I don’t know why Lisa enjoys talking behind everyone’s back in her interviews and is continuously attacking and criticizing Lea and anyone else she can. I don’t get it, just like I don’t get her party. Everything else was going on except what really should have been going on — a fundraiser for breast cancer. I was happy not to be there. Seriously, given how little I go out these days I truly want to have a great time and enjoy my evening. Besides that, the following day was Lea and Roy’s gala, which Herman and I have been part of for years and had already committed to.
Well we’re preparing for the worst because that’s what it sounds like we’re in for. If there isn’t a blog of Miami blogs from me next week, that means I’m still in the dark (found out this a.m. that our generator doesn’t work… even if we were able to FIND a new one, they were selling for 3x or more the normal price… apparently it’s illegal to price gouge AFTER the storms but not before). Anyway, Sandy is supposed to be really bad where I am. For others in her path, and some of you I believe may be in a worse position than I am, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay safe!