Escaping Reality by Watching Reality
My brain hurts. My stomach is gutted. My eyes are reddened from their watery response to the horrific and senseless loss of life in Orlando.
I awoke this morning to news of a 2-year-old boy viciously grabbed by a gator near Orlando’s Disney Resort. He and his family were on vacation at the happiest place on earth.
My thoughts race to The Voice’s Christina Grimmie, who was innocently shot and killed while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando just last Friday night. Unfortunately, her death has long since been buried beneath the massive weight of the news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
My soul grasps at straws trying to ease the pain. At least now they’re saying only 49 died and 50+ were injured at Pulse. For the last couple of days we’ve been told that 50 had died. So at least there’s one less fatality than we originally thought. I guess there’s that. That realization seems severely hollow.
That’s 3 horrible incidents in Orlando in the last 5 days.
I don’t want to add to the rhetoric we’ve been already subjected to about these events. The politicizing of these tragedies for personal gain is grotesque. I’m appalled that so many politicians and pastors alike have spun these horrific incidents into grandiose platforms for their rantings.
We may never know the truth about this brutal attack against us that specifically targeted the LGBTQ community. It would be very convenient to blame ISIS for it. The truth is just now starting to emerge. The news is now saying that the murderer who was supposed to be so homophobic not only visited gay chat rooms and used gay dating aps, but also for the last year has frequently visited Pulse, the nightclub where he chose to stage his massacre.
I don’t know about you but I need to think about other things for a few moments so I can stop hyperventilating about the evils in the world. I need to figure out how to productively use the burning knot of grief and anger inside me over this senseless loss of life. I don’t want to extinguish the fire – but my emotions are too hot to handle at the moment.
So let’s turn to the mindless crap that is reality TV – because when you’re trying to escape reality, there’s really no better place than reality TV ‘cuz it’s so far from anything that remotely resembles reality. In no particular order… lol…
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At some point as I watched this week’s episode, I found my jaw had been gaping open in shock for so long that the inside of my mouth felt like the Sahara desert. Throughout this season, my favorites have flip flopped so often it’s made my head spin.
In previous seasons I’ve like Cameran… but this season – not so much. But still, I do understand her need to step away from the cray cray (Kathryn). Although I do personally suspect that Cameran’s unwillingness to have anything to do with Kathryn is more because Patricia & Whitney hate Kathryn than anything else. I suspect Patricia has numerous connections to wealthy friends with old money who tend to have real estate needs. Did I mention Cameran is a real estate agent? Cameran knows which side of her bread is buttered.
In this episode, Thomas called her a, “self-righteous, judgmental, sanctimonious bitch.” It was amusing that Cameran took umbrage to being called “sanctimonious.”
I continue to roll my eyes at Shep and Craig, neither of whom wants to actually grow up. I hope their lack of work ethic is all just for the show, I really do. Otherwise, it would scare me to death. I like Naomie for the most part… Not sure Craig is the right guy for her, though. Landon is a few fries short of a happy meal.
I know so many people who love, love, LOVE Kathryn and will defend her to the death. I don’t have anything against her other than I think she’s batcrapcrazy in a, “Let me sit here safely at a distance and eat popcorn while I watch you go wackadoo” kinda way. That said, I think she loves her babies and wants the best possible life for them. They have full-time nannies… but she just failed a drug test for court. This isn’t going to go well for her.
I’m supposed to like her because she’s young and just made some not so great decisions yet deserves a 2nd chance. And she does… but I dunno… I guess I see a woman who had a goal to have a family with a wealthy man. A lot of women share that goal. However, after sleeping with 2 others in this small group of “men,” she chose Thomas and had not one, but two babies with him… She also screams at people at the drop of the hat…. She routinely cuts people out of her life until she needs them again… She seems to think she’s entitled not to work and that someone else should pay her way. She seems oblivious as to why people wouldn’t like her. I think it must because she can’t actually remember her tirades, but that’s a whole nuther Orpah.
But she IS great TV and truly makes the show. I’m not sure why she seems so surprised that when the people on this show pick sides that they’re siding with Thomas. They’ve known him for years and there’s likely much to gain by knowing a “Ravenel.” They’ve only known Kathryn for minutes. Personally, I can’t think of a single situation when I would choose Thomas over ANYONE else. Ever.
Two best parts of this episode: 1) When Thomas physically climbed out of a 2nd story window to try to get away from Kathryn who was blocking the exit; and, 2) When Kathryn told Landon to stop yelling and that she sounded like, “a fu**ing dolphin.”
By far, Kathryn is the funniest on this show. The rest are pretty boring without her as their foil.
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The best part of this episode was the featuring of the kaftans that Asa’s company makes. She works hard which is way more than I can say for anyone else on the show. I also love how much her family loves and supports her.
The worst parts were, 1) The way Reza and Mike disrespected Asa and her fashion show by choosing to talk about something that could have easily been shelved for the 15 minute duration of the fashion show; 2) That Mike lied once again about his cheating ways; 3) Reza conning Shervin into confronting GG about her RA diagnosis (this show is becoming more and more real housewife-like every season); 4) The realization of how much MJ is becoming more and more like her Mother (not in a good way); and, 5) How Jessica is purposefully driving Mike crazy by texting with another guy right in front of his face. Oh sure, he likely deserves it… but it just makes her seem like a petty game player.
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This week was the season finale and I could barely remember anything of any consequence that happened during the entire season. Oh sure, we learned how LeeAnne wants to “kill” not “kill, kill” Marie because she screamed her intentions at the top of her lungs one night. Oh, I guess there were some charity events – which are always great to see… but not much else. I’m scrunching my brain to try to remember…
I think the husbands on the show are way more memorable than the ladies, unfortunately. Cary’s husband not only cooks but also picks out her outfits and takes creepy pictures of his scantily-clad wife to be used on their professional website. Stephanie’s husband is a Class 1 control freak who leaves her “To Do” lists and punishes her when she doesn’t accomplish everything on them. He also treats her like a child. Tiffany’s rock & roll husband has a dreamy Australian accent. LeeAnne’s boyfriend is ruggedly handsome – he might be a fireman, I can’t remember. And then there’s Brandi’s husband who is so checked out of their marriage that it’s excruciating to watch.
I just remember there was a lot of drinking and way, way, WAY too much talk about poop. Oh, and I cringed every time Tiffany and Brandi referred to wine as “Jesus Juice.” I think it was just wine… but perhaps they broadened the definition to include other alcohol… I dunno. They drank. A lot. It’s appropriate that Brandi’s name is also an alcoholic beverage.
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The show premiered last night on E!. I watched because Brandi Glanville (Formerly of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) was on it and I thought it would be fun to see how fast she would piss off everyone on the cast. She did not disappoint.
I anticipate this show being a train wreck. I’m not hooked yet… So there might be some hope for me… lol. I haven’t been watching any E shows at all recently… I used to occasionally watch Fashion Police, but ya know… Speaking of Fashion Police, I just saw Melissa Rivers impersonate her Mother in the movie, Joy. She did a great job – but it was jarring to see her play Joan.
I miss Joan. We need more laughter in this world.
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I think I’ve seen most seasons of this show and I generally enjoy them. We used to watch Food Network way more than we do now… I’m not sure if it’s because my husband is now a chef and we have no more need to watch – or if it’s because their programming sucks. I think both are likely true.
This season has been HILARIOUS to watch. Ana Quincoces of the Real Housewives of Miami fame is competing. Can you believe it? I totally thought that she would kick everyone else’s dupa because she has all that camera experience from filming the Real Housewives plus she’s a lawyer who is used to being verbal in front of an audience. But she totally freezes up almost every single time. I don’t get it. Is it just for the show or what? Perhaps she’s lost her confidence?
I dunno… but she’s just as much of a pain in the neck on this show as she was on the Real Housewives. But she CAN cook, that’s for sure. I just can’t imagine actually wanting to watch her on a Food Network show if she’s the only host.
This week during a challenge, she kept calling her fellow contestant who was assisting her, “Nut Girl.” It cracked me up. I’m not sure that “Nut Girl” was laffin’, though.
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The only other things I will say about this episode:
- I generally don’t like to stick up for Bethenny and Carole ‘cuz they exhibit some really egregious behavior, but I think the show was just edited to make it look like they were leaving without saying goodbye to Dorinda, their host. I don’t think even they can be THAT rude, right?
- I hate that Bethenny and Carole blamed Dorinda’s house for their own inappropriate behavior. They both acted like juveniles. Carole, of all people, attributed the crazy happenings of the trip to the “ghost of Richard” and implied he haunted the house. Perhaps Carole should remember that she, too, has the cremated remains of her dead husband on a shelf in her house. Dorinda’s house is wonderfully eclectic – And though it may not be your personal taste – She goes above and beyond to make her guests feel welcome in her home. I could mention a certain gathering at Carole’s house when she served long-expired appetizers from her freezer to her guests…
- I hate how only Bethenny is allowed to have an opinion. If you don’t agree precisely with her perspectives, she will verbally bite you and spit you out. Why does she think we care about her opinion above anyone and everyone else’s? I think she can be funny – but she does revel in pretending to be a know-it-all.
- Gotta love Jules and Dorinda for playing Twister in another room the while others are busy screaming at each other. #RightHandRed #LeftFootBlue
- Bethenny wore a boring grey onesie during part of the episode. I actually think they should have all worn animal onesies like they did last season on Ladies of London – But who’s gonna wear the jackass? #2ManyChoices
- Jules might just be smarter than we think ‘cuz I think she pretends not to know how to make coffee just so she can get out of making it every single day.
- An obviously female Santa arrived to the dinner table bearing gifts. Okay, I gotta confess something here and now. I got a little distracted during the show… and at one point I saw that Sonja was wrapping up gifts at her house back in New York (Remember she wasn’t invited on this trip to the Berkshires)… and then the next thing I know a female Santa showed up. I totally thought the female Santa was Sonja! I thought in my head, “This is great! Sonja got to be part of the trip after all!” I’m laffing at myself so hard right now… because, of course, it wasn’t Sonja… lol. I guess Sonja was wrapping up gifts to send her daughter who is off at boarding school – but the gifts seemed so inappropriate for a kid… I dunno… Clearly, I was hallucinating through this entire part of the show… lol.
On aside from this episode, I happened to recently catch part Episode 1 from Season 1 of this show. On it, Bethenny says, “The Hamptons’ summer culture is, I think, is such a vulgar display of wealth, frankly. It’s a combination of WASPiness and Jew.” Here we are only a few seasons later, and Bethenny has a house in the Hamptons… lol. My, how things have changed, no?
I know this only makes Bethenny a big, fat hypocrite – but I’m also realizing that in so many ways I’m one, too. I mean, even if my judgement remains inside my head… I can still be quite hypocritical. I remember one time when I pulled into a busy 7-11 convenience store and there was absolutely no parking anywhere. To make matters more frustrating, one person had parked their car, and left the driver’s door wide open blocking the adjoining parking space. In my head I was yelling, “Who would do this kinda crap?”
A few days later, after going grocery shopping, I got into my car, and my wallet had escaped from my purse – so I was fiddling around with stuff when I hear a polite honk behind me. Evidently, the gooberhead inside me decided NOT to close the door of my car before taking my sweet time to rearrange the contents of my purse. Lol… I just had to laff at myself. I think it’s things like this that help to keep us humble, no?
That’s it for right now… I hope you and yours keep safe as we wrestle through how to handle recent incidents… I appreciate you taking the time to read… But before I go, I’d like to share a video I recently watched about two Pandas causing trouble with their caretaker when she wants to rake up some leaves… lol. YouTube video posted by CCTV News entitled, “Watch: Giant Pandas Create Trouble as Staff Cleans their House.” Enjoy!