Monday, March 25, 2013

No Landa, Not This Time

Yolanda Foster (left) in all her self-righteous glory.

Yolanda Foster has always bugged me on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She's pretentious, uptight, self-righteous and overly defensive. She's also set women back 100 years by treating her husband, David Foster, like he's her king. She also told her daughter in an episode of the show that she was worried that she was a lesbian. 

When Andy Cohen questioned her about her parenting style at The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Part 1, she had the nerve to say that being gay is a choice. When Andy called her out on that sentiment, she had the nerve to say that her daughter went from one sexual orientation to the other, so it's debatable. 

How does she think that that's OK? Has she ever entered the mind of a gay person to know for sure? Does her daughter, who was perhaps just experimenting, speak for all gay people? There are #50ShadesofGay and we're all different. It's this narrow-minded viewpoint that keeps us all on our sides of the street. 

When I tweeted Yolanda about this, her response was: 

❤I said that because one of our daughters was in a beautiful gay relationship & unfortunately it did not last

The first part I got from watching the episode, thanks. But the part that confused me was  #freedomofchoice? Is she saying that she has the freedom of choice to believe what she wants? Or is she saying that gays have the right to choose a sexual orientation? 

I also don't understand how a woman can take an expression of reproductive rights that women have fought for decades to achieve and ascribe it to something else, as if it's an interchangeable buzzword. But more germane to this conversation, where does she get off telling me who I am? IT IS NOT A CHOICE. Oh wait, look at whom I'm blogging about.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Playing Poor in Beverly Hills

Brandi Glanville (photo courtesy of US Magazine)

Gripped by the whole Brandi/Adrienne Glandal, like any other red-blooded Real Housewives of Beverly Hills superfan, I've had a lot of sleepless nights,  ruminating over Brandi's decision to air Adrienne's personal business on the air. Like a modern day Brandi and the Beanstalk, she's slayed the reputation of the giant Aloof family.

I wonder if she regrets her decision, which while spicing up the current season, also appears to have cost her in "friendships" and legal fees. After alleging that Adrienne and now ex-husband, Paul Nassif attempted to bully her into banding against castmate Lisa Vanderpump on Twitter and/or at the last reunion show, she then allegedly claimed that Adrienne used a surrogate to carry her children.

While I personally don't understand why Adrienne should feel shame over using a surrogate, I do appreciate that to her it must have been a source of embarrassment or grief if she chose to keep it private. I could play devil's advocate here and argue that she's a public figure and therefore has no right to privacy if she allows herself to be taped; but I don't feel this way. Everyone has secrets and everyone is entitled to them. If someone tells a secret to their friends, which doesn't harm anyone, it should remain a secret no matter what this person does. It's their personal life and they're entitled to keep it within their group of intimates.

When Brandi exposed this truth, she seemed to be using it as a means to prove that Adrienne is a liar. When Adrienne alleged that Brandi was an unfit mother and slapped her with a threat of a lawsuit, Brandi began playing the poor mother card, questioning how this Goliath of a family with so much could have the gall to sue her, who has so little — other than her kids.

In this day and age, it's no surprise to me that most people are sticking up for Brandi Glanville. She's a bad-ass woman who speaks the truth in an age of transparency and fights against the rich, oppressive forces around her like an occupy protester. She portrays herself as a "little guy" who managed to occupy a spot on the most affluent TV zip code since 90210.  Even her tagline, "Money doesn't give you class; it just gives you money" seems to support this.

However, as much as I love an underdog character, I do find it hypocritical that Brandi throws the "mother" word around when it's convenient, yet wasn't sympathetic to Adrienne's presumed feelings of inadequacy for not carrying her own children. In fact, she knew that putting the truth out there would really sting, which is why she looked so smug when she exposed the secret.  Again, I don't understand why Adrienne cared so much, but it's not my place to. [Insert sentence about how society unjustly makes women out to be less than if they can't conceive and/or carry children to term.]

It also irks me that she calls the Maloofs rich in one scene, yet derides them for only owning a few percent of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in another. Certainly those without money are the ones who talk about it — and gripe about it — the most, but for Brandi to play poor is just unacceptable to me. She is a model, who was married to an actor and is on a top-rated TV series. I'm assuming that she also gets paid to do promotional appearances and probably made a good amount of money from her book release? Sure, she might not have a private jet, but those who get to fly first class don't get to complain about money.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Reasons to Watch-Not Watch Vanderpump Rules

Vanderpump Rules aka Inside the Mactors Bordello is one of the worst shows I've ever seen on Bravo -- and that says a lot after The Real Slumdogs  of Silicon Valley and LOLjerks. But hey at least I watch this one... In fact I can't stop talking about it, tweeting about it, and as of last night, even dreaming about it. I actually had a dream that I was competing with Queen Stassi for Jax's affections [insert bad joke: let's just say she wasn't queen for long.]

It's not like I had the highest expectations for this show... Bravo doesn't exactly have the best track record for spin-offs. Tardy for the Wedding, anyone? But being such a Fanderpump, I figured I had to at least give it a shot. Now five episodes in, I'm still watching (ahem) Stassi Rules... and for no good reason. Actually for 10 no good reasons:

1. If I keep hearing that the SURvers are a tight-knit group that all outsiders want to penetrate,  I might actually believe it.

2.  To figure out which Tom is which and why one of them shaves his forehead.

3.  I'm hoping for a uniform malfunction.

4.  The intrusive, often obnoxious music that punctuates the scenes and in no way furthers the story. OK, I lied.

5.  To watch Stassi break character and smile when she's supposed to be "upset."

6.  To hear just how busy SUR is going to be that night. 500 customers again?

7.  To see if Lisa is ever going to actually fire any of her employees.

8. To watch those SURvers, which we allegedly envy, complain about having no money.

9.  To watch Scheana Marie's promising music career blossom. OK I lied again. 

10. I've been on the ride this long, so might as well watch Jax and Stassi (and Scheana and Stassi) make up, right? Isn't that the predictable plot line? 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spinning Success

Over the last 20 years Kelly Cutrone has become a celebrated publicist, representing top stars in music and fashion.  But it's only in the last couple of years that she's come to our attention on such TV shows as MTV's The Hills and The City and Bravo's Kell on Earth.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tears of a Clown

One of my fave Monday night rituals is tuning in to Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race 2," because not only does the show give drag more depth by showcasing the immense talent and drive required to be a drag superstar, but it also humanizes the artform by introducing us to the men behind the powdered masks.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Check out my recent Bold Italic story on the gay 90's in San Francisco here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"American Idol" Recap with Dale

I swear, I oughta be an "American Idol" judge.  I can't tell you how many times tonight I said something to my friend (and resident "American Idol" expert) Dale during a performance that the judges ended up confirming afterwards.