Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

    The Only Reason I’m Still Watching ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

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    Despite pulling in massive ratings week after week—I continue to watch against my better judgment—Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is in a full-on moment of crisis. I’d argue one more dire than the catastrophic last season of Real Housewives of New York, which resulted in an axed reunion and the complete disbandment of the show.

    The show’s string of conflicts is currently being dictated—and manipulated—by an impenetrable clique of veterans known as The Fox Force Five, which now unofficially includes freshman housewife Diana Jenkins. (On the other hand, I am both a Slutton and a Garcelle ride-or-die).

    As a result, watching these women argue is like watching someone try to fit a square peg into a round hole over and over again—the round hole being the Fox Flop Five and the square peg being the more likable group of cast members Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke and Crystal Kung Minkoff, who are perpetually marginalized no matter what they do. Weirdly, the core alliance (referred to as #RHOBHMeanGirls on Twitter) has only become stronger as they’ve become more criticized. Which has also led to a hyper-awareness amongst the women (but especially Lisa Rinna) of how they’re being perceived on social media and the need to defend themselves in the worst possible ways.

    Read more at The Daily Beast.

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