'Real Housewives' Quotes From Seasons Past That Would Be Totally Offensive If Said Today
Real Housewives has been a longstanding franchise on Bravo. It's hard to believe that the reality show's first series, Real Housewives of Orange County , debuted all the way back in 2006. Wow! That means Real Housewives shows have been on the air for nearly a decade at this point. With so many cities in the franchise, there have been plenty of episodes and standout moments. Still, times have changed and plenty of things that were said and done at the beginning of Real Housewives, would actually be considered distasteful or offensive today.
Some of the barbs below slipped under the radar when they were originally said because the standards of political correctness weren't as high. Other crazy lines were hidden away due to even crazier drama in the forefront. No matter the specifics, there are plenty of things that the Real Housewives cast said in the past that would never fly today. From insults to comments about sexual preference, some quotes from the shows would cause much more backlash now. Take a look at the moments below that are more than a little cringeworthy in hindsight.
1. "Beautiful women like rich men. They will f*ck your husband for Chanel bag."
Yolanda Foster is my absolute favorite and this quote is so far from a typical "Yolanda" saying. I understand that the interview commentary is key to providing entertainment on shows like Real Housewives of Beverly. And to be honest, I feel a little silly being a crusader for the good-looking ladies in the world, but beautiful women are people too. It's not fair to assume that attractive girls in Beverly Hills are just after money. I get that she was probably trying to be funny, but I am just not a huge fan of grouping people into stereotypes.
2. "So all of a sudden this huge woman/man comes down the stairs in this huge head dress and I thought it was maybe a drag queen but it was LuAnn."
I understand that Ramona Singer's a pretty polarizing personality, but at the end of the day I have always found her endearing. This quote of hers bothers me though. First off, LuAnn de Lesseps is a gem and a half, so I can't deal with any hate coming her way, but more importantly, I don't like the implication that looking like a drag queen is an insult. If she wanted to poke fun at LuAnn to prove a point or make good TV, she could have done so without insulting an entire group of people. Not the best moment for my girl Ramona.
3. "You're a man, not a woman. Act like one."
Tamra Barney is another Real Housewife who I love, but sometimes I feel embarrassed for her when she just says whatever pops up in her mind without considering whether it's appropriate. During a reunion show, Tamra said, "You're a man, not a woman. Act like one" to Brooks because she was offended by him getting involved in her drama with Vicki. I get her point. She was trying to tell him to keep the business between Vicki and Tamra between Vicki and Tamra, but it just came out wrong. I don't like how it implies that being in a social feud and arguing is a woman-like trait. It perpetuates the stereotype of female friend groups being catty.
4. “You don’t have a gaydar. You’re all boy to me”
Vicki Gunvalson said this to openly gay reunion host Andy Cohen when she tried to explain what "gay looks like." And Vicki continued to dig her hole even further when she was asked to explain her statement: "Usually, they're very, very, very fit. They're usually very GQ looking. They're very poised. Not to generalize, but that was my viewpoint." It was a little too late to throw in that "not to generalize" disclaimer.
5. "You said Sonja was on a downward spiral like Anna Nicole Smith"
Heather called out Aviva for her remarks about Sonja on Real Housewives of New York City. I don't know if it's more offensive to mock Anna Nicole Smith's struggles and untimely death or to insinuate that this somehow relates to my dear Sonja. Once again, Aviva had me shaking my head when she responded with, "Which is a huge compliment. One of the biggest icons."
I love the ladies on Real Housewives and I know (or at least I hope) that they don't try to be offensive or say derogatory things, but it does happen. Hopefully, they have all learned from their mistakes and have made an effort to learn about why their words were offensive.