Hello, friends. Are you familiar with any of the following quotes?
“Close your legs to married men!”
“Let me tell you something about my family: we’re as thick as thieves.”
“Don’t be tardy for the party…”
Friends, it seems our culture is obsessed with not only any reality TV, but ridiculous wealthy housewife drama television. And I…love it.
It seems like it all began here at home. I think the idea was inspired by ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County’s sixth season is coming up and it’s filmed in Orange County, California (which is where I live!). This season, I’m sure there will be more petty drama about insensitive high-maintenance middle aged women and I’m sure America will be watching.
One of the earlier housewives, Jo de la Rosa, got her own spin-off show called “Date My Ex: Jo & Slade.” (Never watched it.)
Oh, I guess I should mention you might see your very own blogger (me) on this new season of The Real Housewives of OC. They were filming at a club I was at and I got some camera time; we’ll see if I make the cut: stay tuned!
After the success of Orange County Housewives, Bravo decided to launch a New York City version of the show. The housewives were very different, but just as deliciously bitchy and dramatic. New Yorker’s are known for their no-nonsense, straight-talking style and these housewives completely embody this attitude, with a dash of sophistication. There is, after all, a countess on the show. (Excuse me as I roll my eyes.) But I certainly appreciate the European influences and the sense of worldliness about the show.
Through the success of the show, a few housewives have writing books and Bethenny Franco got her own spin-off show called “Bethenny Getting Married?” where a pregnant Bethenny is planning her wedding and balancing her career and personal life.
No one knew just how HUGE The Real Housewives of Atlanta would turn out to be. You get some independent strong black women together who have money and power and all the hair in the world, and you have some great TV. I have to admit, this is probably my favorite group of housewives, because they’re simply so outrageous. Nene probably stands out as the most outrageous and outspoken; I love it. In fact, silver fox Anderson Cooper, formerly known as my celebrity crush, ranted and raved about Nene. Kim Solciak went on to record some catchy dance singles, despite her tone deaf vocals. Oh, okay, and for those of you who have kept up this season, Phaedra Park’s husband Apollo: hot tottie. The southern “belle’s” beau is simply gorgeous. So WHAT if he’s done some time in the slammer…I have yet another reason to watch the ATL Housewives.
And then we have the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Despite the big hair, less than pleasant accents, and questionable taste, it’s definitely a step above the tragic “Jersey Shore.” The Jersey housewives have plenty of table-throwing, hair extension-pulling, sex-tape, mafia, show-mom drama. All the housewives hate diplomatic housewife Danielle Staub and her “leaked” sex tape. I’m biased against these ladies because of where they live, but I’ve learned to look past the city and just see them for who they are…and their big hair.
Now, with the Real Housewives of DC, I wasn’t sure why they decided to do DC as the next city. Then I began watching and it all made sense. High profile couples near and around the white house getting into some serious scandals, so far as to appearing before the US Congress for “crashing” a White House party: it just makes for good TV. You’ve got a rude/sassy Brit, an interracial couple, lavish lifestyles and a fabulous and centered black democratic woman. What more could you want!
And the latest addition to the Real Housewives family: Beverly Hills. Although Orange County is only about an hour away from Beverly Hills, they are a world’s apart. I watched the premiere and these plastic ladies are quite powerful and have the big bucks. I guess Paris Hilton’s aunts are on the show? I’m not sure, but I do like the housewives so far. I really like look of the housewives and is probably the most appealing aesthetically.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Why are we so obsessed with the lifestyles of the rich and shallow? Is it because we secretly want to be like them? Or is it because we like how unattainable they are and so we watch with amazement from afar? Either way, I like to watch these ladies when they’re on because they’re so fabulous sometimes, even when they’re hot materialistic shallow messes.
I’ll take fabulous housewives over greasy guidos any day!