Real Housewives of Beverly Hills “Palm Springs Breakers” by BB
After watching this episode, several sayings and phrases come to mind: “Jumped the Shark;” “Past It’s Expiration Date;” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” just to name a few. This is just my opinion, but I no longer get that certain anticipatory thrill of tuning in like I have in the past. It could be because of all the “leaks” in the social media before the season even started; It could be because of all the “first looks” provided by Bravo; It could be because of certain cast members providing videotaped apologies beforehand or giving hints in their blogs or on their twitter accounts about things to come; or it could be because of the lame storylines that are dragged out for an entire season, brought back from the previous season, or recycled from other reality shows. Whatever the reason(s), it reminds me of the times when I’ve seen great previews about a soon-to-be released theatrical movie, only to pay good money at the movie theater and feeling cheated because all the good scenes were shown in the previews and the rest of the movie pretty much sucked. I hate when that happens.
Kyle and Carlton meet to shop for Palm Springs. The shopkeeper tells Kyle how hot she’s looking (because this shopkeeper knows Kyle has body image issues), while Carlton rolls her eyes. Carlton wants to talk it out with Kyle so she can point out all the egregious things she’s done to her and let her know how they’ve negatively affected her life. Here is a list of Kyle’s horrible transgressions: (1) She had the audacity to ask Carlton if she ever explored witchcraft and Carlton felt judged; (2) She had the audacity to walk away in the middle of Carlton’s story about her cat going after a bird; and (3) She had the audacity to talk about Lisa’s nipple-gate acting scene at the Chamber of Commerce party. As Kyle said about all of this (behind Carlton’s back of course), “Carlton is looking for tits on an ant.” I like that saying. They both agree that it’s best to talk it out between the two of them instead of dragging others into it. I somehow don’t believe Carlton and Kyle are going to be friends anytime soon if ever. Carlton’s strategically planned agenda is pretty obvious to me.
Brandi is meeting with her BFF’s Etirsa, Jennifer and Adrienne to do some “research” for her second book. She asks them what gets them off sexually. When they start describing foreplay, techniques Brandi’s man must know, how long it should last, and Brandi thinking you should ask the man to choke you, sometimes to the point of being “choked out,” poor Etirsa looks pretty uncomfortable, while the other three seem to be getting turned on by this totally inappropriate conversation. If that makes me a prude, I’ll totally cop to it. If this subject matter is the crux of Brandi’s new book, count me out as I’m not interested in the least.
Over at Joyce’s, she’s getting her wardrobe together for the Palm Springs trip. Joyce says girls dress for girls and she wants to look her best. Joyce makes no bones about it. She’s a girly girl, loves to shop, do makeovers on her girlfriends and loves fashion. How honestly refreshing. Meanwhile Kim and Kimberly are at a store so Kim can get things for the trip. Kim thinks Palm Springs is very spiritual. Kim and Kimberly joke around about vibrating things (like toothbrushes and things in Kim’s drawer). Kim is hoping this will be one of those trips where everyone gets along. Oh, Kim.
Three separate limos are taking the women to Palm Springs. In one are Joyce, Kim and Kyle. They look like they are having fun on the way. In the second car are the two new besties, Yolanda and Brandi. Yolanda tells Brandi she thinks she did her first cleanse in Palm Springs. Brandi tells Yolanda it’s the first time she did cocaine. When Yolanda’s jaw drops, Brandi assures her she’s just kidding. They are both already intimating that they want to bring things out into the open for discussion this weekend. This is not a good sign. Lisa and Carlton are in the other limo talking about their hostess in not the nicest of ways.
Some of these ladies left their good manners at home. I’m talking about Yolanda, who complained about the sheets not being ironed. Wasn’t Yolanda just talking last week about her tough childhood? How soon they forget from whence they came. Lisa and Yolanda complained about everything from the accommodations to it being hot. Didn’t they check the weather forecast ahead of time? Brandi continuously called Joyce Jacqueline (admittedly on purpose), then called Joyce black and talked about her weave because she said she couldn’t swim and didn’t want to get into the pool. Brandi also made a comment about the place being boring because there’s nothing to do. Then there was the shit stirring at the dinner table by Yolanda, Brandi, and even Lisa, a blow by blow of which I just don’t feel like recapping. Needless to say, what could have been a pleasant trip and evening turned to crap just like all the other RHOBH trips and dinners in the past. Has there ever been a happy, fun, no-drama-filled dinner (or luncheon, or party, or vow renewal) with these ladies? I can’t recall one. Oh and let’s not forget Brandi wanting to take her weave off at the dinner table and Yolanda reaching over to help her. Klassy.
I cannot believe I’m saying this but, in this episode, Kyle, Kim and Joyce showed class, manners and more restraint that I ever could have. Carlton was pretty much on the sidelines cheering for team Brandi. Yolanda and Lisa were rude and catty. Sorry, Lisa doesn’t get the usual “that’s just her British humor” pass from me tonight. There are no words for Brandi.
Did Brandi go too Far? by NMD
Brandi offended me with her behavior last night. I found her choice of bikini offensive, as well as her comment about black people not being able to swim and not wanted to get their weave wet. Religion and racism are hot buttons. They are much hotter buttons than mean girl behavior, and I think Brandi has lost viewers/fans irrevocably.
Real Housewife of Aiken’s blog is so well written and to the point, please take the time to read it and tell her how you feel.
Here is her summary on how she felt about that bikini:
“Yes, Brandi, that was the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be more specific. The image you had on your bikini top is an image of a miracle. We who were raised Catholic aren’t in the habit of mocking religious symbols. We don’t wear them on items of clothing to show off our girly pieces, and we don’t make fun of them or find such things funny. We would no sooner insult the Blessed Mother than we would take to wearing a Star of David on our asses as a fashion statement. The fact that you find it hilarious speaks to how truly foolish and disrespectful you are. You do us and yourself a disservice by making a mockery of what so many of us hold so very dear. Now, wipe that stupid smirk off your face, Google the miracle of Guadalupe, and apologize – and mean it.”
As for the comment about black people not being able to swim, I’d like Brandi to think for a moment about how she made Joyce feel at that moment. Joyce is a visible minority – a mix of African, Spanish, and Indian. She is new to this group of women, and already feeling vulnerable by their lack of a warm welcome. There are many reasons she may not have wanted to get into the pool. She may have been afraid of water because she’s not a good swimmer, she may not have wanted to get her swimsuit or hair wet, or ruin her makeup, or she may not have wanted to go near the pool and risk begin groped by Brandi.
Brandi’s comment pointing out Joyce’s ethnicity as a difference between Joyce and the other women was hurtful. Any time you judge a person on the color of their skin, you are acting in a racist manner. That is the definition.
People can defend Brandi and say she was just ignorant but didn’t mean any harm – but she did mean to harm Joyce. She was attacking Joyce the entire time during the trip. With that particular comment she told viewers that Joyce was unable to do something that all of the other women could do, because of the color of Joyce’s skin.
In her talking head interview -filmed later and after she had a chance to reflect on her comment – she brushed it off as a joke. But then she made it worse by even more inappropriate comments about black people not wanting to get their weaves wet. Brandi made it clear that if Joyce it was her problem – that any real friend of Brandi’s would understand it was a joke. I don’t know if I believe that. No one likes to be told they are unable to do something because of the color of their skin.
Brandi has said she didn’t mean to offend anyone and we just don’t get her. Her apology was one of those ones where she didn’t admit to doing anything wrong, but for those of us that were sensitive and offended, she apologizes that we took her words that way. I’d rather see her understand that her words were offensive and apologize for saying them.
Im sorry for whomever I offended with my insensitive joke, I’m not racist Im just inappropriate 90 percent of the time!”
After Brandi called in to WWHL to make her half apology, Kyle Richards defended her and said that she didn’t think Brandi was racist. That was nice of Kyle.
Some of the ladies have published their blogs. They are letting us know that Brandi shared an awful lot during that trip, and that Brandi is damaged. I think they are giving Brandi a life boat to explain why her behavior has been so self-destructive. My guess is that if this does not make the air, Brandi will share with us on twitter. Perhaps it is in the book.