Calling Out Bravo’s “Housewives” Because ‘Calling In’ is Absurd

No, you won’t convince me otherwise. And yes, I am pissed this election is even close. SO GET READY, PEOPLE/”ORANGE COUNTY” HOUSEWIVES!

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Illustration by Thomas Ford

And then there’s “Orange County”

Just racist and Republican as ever. Some of its cast members espouse especially repulsive cultural views both on-air and on social media, likely a reflection of living in the conservative O.C. bubble. (For instance, Gretchen Rossi, an “O.C.” alum, seems to have fallen head first into a QAnon cult— allegedly!) Here are some other examples:

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“Orange County” cast mate Kelly Dodd / Instagram

And now, a few disgraceful “Housewives” alum

4. Kim Zolciak, the only white (and former) cast member from the “Atlanta” franchise, denies racism is real in one episode of the series. Kim, like Dodd, doubles down on her declaration, saying that “this whole racism thing in this day and age is bullshit.”

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Former “Atlanta” cast member Kim Zolciak / YouTube
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Former “New Jersey” cast member Danielle Staub / YouTube

The problem with ‘calling in’

My ears bleed when I hear people disavow the public for “calling out” problematic moments in pop culture. If someone’s words or actions echo the nature of violence that killed my ancestors–and even some of my contemporaries–don’t I, then, have the right to call out and condemn that venom, so that, maybe, those words won’t one day burst into violence? That kills someone? Kills me?

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