the former “Real Housewives of New York“Star Express” Disappointment With a story she heard about a girl at an all-girls summer camp who had a penis, and tried to put her two cents in. baseless The trans student athletes debate. Frankel has since said on Twitter that he “not apologizing” And “no fear of cancellation(Granthshala has reached out to its reps for comment.)
She is hardly the first “Real Housewives” to cross the border and excite the audience.
Bravo says it’s committed Diversity, equality and inclusion, and cast and crew undergo respect in the workplace training. Plus, on-air personalities learn in real-time, allowing viewers to watch the learning moments on screen.
But while the network aims to be inclusive, its “housewives” keep saying the wrong things. Fans say there has to be accountability — but is it realistic for a reality TV franchise that thrives on drama?
“I’m not sure what we can expect from these women, whom we reward for behaving badly. And that’s okay,” says Dan Udi, a writer and expert on reality TV and LGBTQ issues. “However, some humility and acknowledging the pain or loss caused would be a good first step.”
“They can bring drama without being racist or homophobic,” says fan Cheryl Pellegrino. “There’s no place for it. It annoys and annoys people, not entertainment.”
Comments from Frankel, whose repeated stint on “Ronnie” ended most recently in 2019, highlight the need for healing across the franchise.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke – former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star who came out as a lesbian in December 2020 – believes Frankel is a good person. But she points to the need for dialogue, noting that the transgender community faces a higher risk of suicide and self-harm. “I think it’s very important for the cisgender community to do the work and research themselves,” said Windham-Burke, whose child Jacob Uses both the pronouns he/she and he/she, say. “Don’t wait for a trans person to teach you.”
Udi was “disappointed but not surprised” by Frankel’s comments.
“She’s known for being ‘honest’ and being straightforward and doubling up in the face of criticism,” says Udi. “This type of approach does not allow for empathy, listening, or admitting that you have caused harm.” He pointed to “Housewives” star Sonja Morgan as someone who has “obviously made offensive remarks from a place of privilege, but has recognized their blind spots and shown a willingness to learn.”
Frankel could stand to show it: “When (‘RHONY’) premiered years ago, his demeanor certainly was amusing, but now we have a culture of accountability for the things we say and and she never accepts accountability for her comments,” says Tyrek Shepard, a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The fun, the stakes, the drama—all part of the appeal of “Housewives,” especially to gay men.
“It’s no coincidence that gay men are attracted to Housewives in the same way we’re attracted to troubled stars like Judy Garland and Whitney Houston,” says Udi, 30. “We project our own experiences as gay people in the world of homosexuality on women who have struggled to get to where they are.”
Plus, he says, the producers — including executive producer Andy Cohen, who also hosts the reunion — and the audience are always in on the joke. That is, until the jokes go too far.
What happened on ‘Real Housewives’
Fans devoted to the franchise—which premiered in 2006 with “The Real Housewives of Orange Country,” spawning more iterations—have pointed to problematic developments over the years.
“Part of the appeal of reality TV is watching others fight,” says 28-year-old drag queen, Lena Horne. “But I’ve always found it more endearing when it’s humanly relatable and not mean by nature.”
“What sets homophobia apart is the regular occurrences from early seasons of women with full glam teams of gay men accusing someone’s husband of being gay on camera five seconds later, as if it were murder in the first degree,” Horn, referring to the commentary on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Udi says “Real Housewives of Orange County” has dealt with Vicky Gunvalson’s homophobic comments over the years. Windham-Burke clashed with other artists such as Kelly Dodd, who was claimed by Windham-Burke to be homosexual.
“I had a tendency to claim to be a collaborator with the cast, but then pick and choose which letters you support,” Windham-Burke said in an interview.
Elsewhere in the Franchise, “The Real Housewives of Dallas” Cast tiffany moon After the footage leaked Brandi Redmond impersonating Asian people; Moon was harassed on Twitter by fellow star Kameron Westcott.
And then there’s the latest season”real housewives of new york,” where the cast members clearly didn’t like inaugural Black cast member Ebony K. Williams.
Pellegrino, a public relations professional, says, “The (singer) was constantly dismissive of (Williams) and her feelings and called her a ‘preacher’ when she tried to share her experiences.
“In a Shabbat dinner scene, she spoke about the Jewish people hating her and said she was discriminated against. … The cast members eventually ‘forgiven’ (the singer), so the audience got to think that It is compelled that this is acceptable behaviour.”
The heart of the matter is that “you have white, straight cisgender women in a lot of these shows who tell stories for people in the community or people of color,” Windham-Burke says. “And that’s really what we need to stop doing.”
What can Bravo – and ‘Housewives’ himself – do next?
While Windham-Burke was afraid to come out—as she says, it took her 42 years—she knew that doing so could be life-changing.
“I’m a big believer that representation matters, and is not only so wonderfully accepted in the community, but to be able to speak up for someone who may not have such respect,” she says.
Bravo has already taken action. “The Real Housewives Of Dallas” Isn’t Coming Back, Per newsweek And Diversity earlier this year. It also fired Stacy Schroeder and Kristen Doute from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” spinoff.Vanderpump Rules“For racist acts in 2020, and have attempted to diversify their races.
Garcel Beauvais became the first black woman in a non-majority black franchise on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and Crystal Minkoff-Kung is the franchise’s first Asian cast member this season.
As Windham-Burke points out, “Bravo has a very thin line that they have to walk between retaining an audience because they are in the business of making money … but also trying to do that over time. what’s right for it.”
Some “housewives” have also been burdened by the burden of correcting some mistakes on others.
“Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams have been created to address behavior that was deemed inappropriate (i.e. wearing Native American apparel as a costume, physical alteration), but others such as[de Lesseps]or Brandy Glanville wearing blackface and making derogatory remarks towards the black community, respectively,” Shepard says.
But can “Housewives” really change?
“Education is a lot messier and more uncomfortable when it comes to social justice, and it goes beyond how housewives have been conditioned to behave,” Uday says.
“It also wouldn’t make for great TV, so we can’t tell the housewives to learn and then complain they’re not flipping tables.”
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