In Defense of (Real) Housewives

I consider myself an intelligent woman. I’m an educator and a child of God. I stay abreast of current events and watch documentaries. I am also a HUGE fan of Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise. Now, before you judge me for watching this actual garbage, let me explain why “I liveee” for the nonsense the housewives bring.

Need for Drama

First things first … this is strictly entertainment. I know that reality shows do not equal reality. The same way that you don’t have the same lifestyle that those people on Game of Thrones do, I have no desire to throw wine in your face and call your husband broke (I’m looking at you Potomac!). Remember when you were younger and your grandma would tell you to be quiet because her stories were on? We all knew who Victor was and that he wasn’t leaving. We also knew how ridiculous and outlandish the story lines were. Enter … the Real Housewives Franchise. I’m uninterested in watching Victor survive another brush with death. I’d rather watch women fight over having roaches in their house in cocktail attire.

 

Perfect Mindless Entertainment 

Do you know what you need when you watch House of Cards? To pay attention. With most sitcoms and hour long dramas you have to pay close attention to catch certain nuances that are pivotal to the plot. Ain’t nobody got time for that! I have laundry to fold and dishes to wash. Hearing Bethany Frankel’s one-liners are the perfect background noise. I don’t have to stay heavily invested in the storylines, therefore if an episode is missed, it’s not that big of a deal. At least twenty minutes of the show are scenes that already happened. It’s our instant replay!

 

Pop Culture

Where would we be in pop culture without the housewives? Would we be able to whoop it up with our throwing wine like the real OG of the OC Vicki? When a table is flipped, who do you think of (because this happens often in real life)? Teresa Guidice yelling obscenities, of course! The countless memes, phrases, and parodies are truly a gift. A Nene Leakes “I said what I said” gif is the perfect punctuation for a conversation with your husband via text. It’s the pop culture phenomenon we didn’t know we needed.

I get it. Reality television is ruining our country. But is it? Let’s be honest. You’ve come up with your own catchphrase, twirl and all. I know I have. Let’s hear it!

Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college. Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (7) less than a year later. She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco. They welcomed baby Christian in the summer of 2017. Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility. All roads led her to be an elementary school teacher which she believes is her calling. Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and drinking all the coffee. She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.

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