I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of DC Reunion Part 1 October 15, 2010
Wow last night’s Reunion really started some debate across the internet. Twitter went crazy with comments about whether Stacie Turner was out of line or a hero for her opinions.
Stacie brought up that Mary changes her vernacular at times, and that she thought that maybe Cat was uncomfortable being around black people. Stacie is a bit passive aggressive here, she opens with a statement that she isn’t bothered by it and not offended by Mary’s behavior, but brings it up anyway? She did the same with Cat, by saying Cat’s uncomfortable around black people she is calling her racist in a roundabout way. The incident at Stacie’s home also created some debate, while it was Stacie’s friend Erika who attacked Cat, Stacie continues to defend Erika while both Mary and Lynda agreed that Erika was out of line. Lynda went as far as to call Erika unstable. Here’s what people who are siding with Cat and Mary are saying on Twitter:
She’s FOS & I’ve listened 2 @stacieturnerdc’s negative attitude w/ @catommanney & her reverse BS toward ppl who aren’t black!
@Stacieturnerdc I agree, Stacie seems like the racist, holier than tho, judgmental.
RHODC reunion! Intense so far. These ladies like to beat up on each other. And I reeeeaallly don’t like Staci
Butting In ladies but I have to say @Stacieturnerdc has serious RACE issues, close to reverse discrimination!
Wait a minute…if you say to someone they’re uncomfortable around black people, you ARE implying racism.
@stacieturnerdc Your friend Erika was MEAN and she admitted she was mean, Lynda called her unstable stop defending her
#RHODC Come on now, @stacieturnerDC, you know that it was inferred that @catommanney was racist. Don’t act all surprised.”
Why can black ppl pull the race card anytime but white ppl can’t? @stacieturnerdc ur white too!!!
I also don’t like how @stacieturnerdc judged @catommanney for crying in front of her children. She is cold hearted. #RHODC
@stacieturnerdc seems to defend @MichaeleSalahi a bit much. Stacie is out of line
not happy that @stacieturnerdc supported erica’s attack on cat in front of cat’s kids. just not right.
@stacieturnerdc not impressed w/the way u treated Cat tonight and what u said DID imply shes racist. ur the one living in a dilusional world
@stacieturnerdc I think you have a problem with naming people by colors. Black White You have a problem.
@catommanney @stacieturnerdc @maryamons @THERealLyndaDC there are a lot of black people who don’t like Tyra Banks. #getoverit
@stacieturnerdc why did u make everything a RACE issue? That is wack.
@stacieturnerdc you portrayed 2 be good friends with @catommanney and 2 now see how you feel about her is #messy
@stacieturnerdc let me find out you have 2 faces? Your blog was a low blow against @catommanney. How in the world can u justify what that nasty lady erica did 2 Cat at your house? That lady attacked her in front of her children
So I’m watching the #rhodc reunion and I gotta tell ya that I am really disappointed that @stacieturnerdc co-signed Erica’s horrible behavior.
It was your house and u had the authority to stop it!
I haven’t included any of the names of the Twitterers today, I don’t know any of these people, but this isn’t all of it folks, only a small sample, I can tell you that these tweets come from every race! Stacie also had quite a few supporters from every race:
GO @stacieturnerdc what she just told off Cat!!!!!!!!!!!!
it’s interesting that most people are in right now…I wanna be @stacieturnerdc and Jason’s best friend.
Awww, Stacie found her Father and has siblings! Awww @stacieturnerdc so happy! #RHODC
Really glad for @stacieturnerdc finding and uniting with her birth father. Blessings
stacieturnerdc I liked Cat a little more by the end but she has been hella rude to everyone this season. You’re still my favorite of RHDC!
stacieturnerdc I totally agreed with you, I think Kat was VERY uncomfortable being around an ALL black environment!
Tell it @stacieturnerdc. Put cat in her place!!! #RHODC
@stacieturnerdc congrads on the good news about your dad. And thank you for reppin us well. Mucho love.
stacieturnerdc I love you…. everything you said was the truth and the Cat issue…. Brush it off girl, she is “a bunch of rubbish”
Aw stacie- I’m sooo happy that you found your dad! Tears of joy!! @stacieturnerdc. That is exciting!!!
Watching the RHODC reunion, I am so happy that @stacieturnerdc is going to meet her birth father in Nigeria. B prepared our ppl r colorful!
stacieturnerdc so happy that you found your dad. You are most understanding than I would be about your mom.
I tweeted to Stacie before the reunion aired after I read her blog:
LynnNChicago: @stacieturnerdc disappointed in your blog, you blame Cat for showing emotion in front of her children after being attacked? wow no empathy
Stacie replied to my Tweet:
StacieTurnerDC: @LynnNChicago HUH? The kids were not present until she brought them upstairs into the conflict. THat was not cool.
My response to Stacie:
LynnNChicago: @stacieturnerdc there wouldn’t have been a conflict if it wasn’t for Erika, how can you defend her? Cat didn’t deserve that in your home, she was leaving, was she supposed to leave her kids behind?
My tweet to Stacie had nothing to do with race whatsoever, I’m frustrated that Stacie can’t or won’t admit that Erika went too far that night and based on what we heard from Lynda and Mary at the reunion, we didn’t even see the entire argument.
I was a bit surprised but glad that the Twitter conversations didn’t turn ugly or nasty, they truly were just people providing their opinion, Stacie took the brunt of the criticism and as far as I saw, no one on Twitter attacked other twitterers.
I just hope that everyone remembers that this is just a discussion of the behavior of five women on a reality show. None of these ladies have harmed anyone or effect our lives in any way, it is merely a form of entertainment, why should we argue and become stressed over any of it?
It looked as though both Mary and Cat were a bit surprised by Stacie’s attitude toward them at the reunion. I think that Cat felt things were all good between them, you can see a bit of surprise on Cat’s face as Stacie wasn’t prepared to clear Cat of any accusations. I don’t think Mary saw the comments coming her way from Stacie either.
Stacie was careful to never use the word “racist” I believe that she implied it on several different occasions. I feel that neither Mary or Cat did anything to earn this horrible label and it was unfair. Did Stacie feel alone and trapped on this show? Just a theory, but being the only African American Housewife on the DC franchise and not knowing any of these women prior to taping when some of the others had known each other for years, could have made Stacie feel the need to stay true to her friend Erika. Possibly Erika wanted to be a DC housewife and for whatever reason was not chosen could have made both Stacie and Erika lash out a bit. Possibly they thought that Erika deserved to be a Housewife over Cat? Was Erika offered a Housewife spot and declined? Did she feel slighted because she wasn’t offered a spot? Why couldn’t DC have six housewives? Lots of questions, no answers coming from Andy Cohen or Bravo.
Here’s what, Andy Cohen pointed out to the viewers that Washington DC’s population is 54% African American, yet he sat among his five DC Housewives and only one woman was African American. Why didn’t someone sitting on those couches ask Andy why the DC Housewives didn’t properly reflect the city they were representing? Many of us have asked that many times on Twitter and in blogs but no one from Bravo have ever given any explanation. Perhaps they did invite different DC Housewives to join the cast and they turned it down? I’d really like to know.
The gay marriage issue has still not been discussed but I’m sure Andy won’t let that go, I anticipate that debate will be brought up next week on part two of the reunion.
On a much brighter note, I was glad to hear (which we learned earlier from her blog) that Stacie found her birth father and is planning on taking the entire family to meet him. I thought it was great to hear that all of her siblings have called her, as well as her father’s two wives and other family members. I think it’s great that she’s found what she’s looking for and I am really glad that she is respecting her biological mother’s wishes and leaving that part of her family alone.
Michaele Salahi is a vicious, cruel woman. It is clear that she and Cat will never be friends but for Michaele to continuously bring up Cat’s husband Charles and saying that he left her and he would come back if she had love in her heart is just out of line. Michaele has learned the fine art of deflection but the DC ladies are a bit too smart for her and all three of the ladies on the left couch shut her down when she tried to steer the conversation back to them and what is wrong with their cold hearts and poor attitudes. Nice try Michaele, we are not stupid and neither are the ladies sitting with you at that reunion.
I’m glad that Cat called Michaele out on her attempts to make Cat look like the big bully, “you made lots of people cry” Michaele said. Cat didn’t just let that slip by, after pressing the question, Michaele couldn’t point to anyone that Cat had made cry, since Michaele’s fake tears don’t count. Michaele tried to use Stacie but she wasn’t having it either. Did everyone catch Michaele turning the tears on and off?
Here’s the really creepy part though, Michaele was brought to tears to the point where she couldn’t speak and she asked Andy to move on to ask someone else a question when Andy asked her if she goes anywhere without her husband. I found that to be pretty telling. Is she being controlled by this man? Tariq Salahi is never without his wife by his side. Since neither of them have real jobs, that means they’re together 24 hours a day, the one and only time we saw all season Michaele without her husband at her side was while she was trying to pretend she knew the cheerleading routines at the Redskins Cheerleading practice. I would guess he was there, just out of camera shot.
I noticed that the minute Andy asked Michaele a question about her crashing the White House State Dinner, her hand went right to her hair where she began to briefly twirl it, cut to another angle of Michaele and her hands are folded neatly in her lap and her hair is back to its original position, this would be more of that creative editing that Bravo likes to do.
It’s interesting that both Mary and Lynda expressed how much Michaele had changed, both ladies have known her for some years and are convinced that Tariq is responsible for these negative changes in Michaele. I’m tired of watching Mary giggle about Michaele’s past employment, what is wrong with being a make up artist? According to Mary, Michaele “changed her station in life”. So what Mary? I am no fan of Michaele’s but Mary is no prize either. Not everyone was born into big money Mary! By the way, I love that Lynda continues to refuse to pronounce Michaele’s name properly.
So Lynda, wow, what a surprising announcement, Lynda was a pot smoker but her fear of being caught and punished with more than a simple slap on the wrists, she quit and took up drinking scotch. Andy’s face was priceless! He seemed to look over at someone on the crew, almost as if Lynda had just uttered a curse word. Lynda is a fascinating woman, I really have gone back and forth with her, liking her one week and disliking her the next but she’s really growing on me. Not because she admitted to smoking pot, but just her honesty.
I was surprised to learn that Lynda is 53 years old, she looks great! She may not like the title “cougar” but I don’t think she can dodge it, her boyfriend Ebong is just 35 years old, what was formerly called “robbing the cradle” is now dubbed “Cougar”, sorry Lynda, if the shoe fits…
Mary was typically Mary, I’m so sick and tired of her not having an opinion, not taking sides, not having a brain or a thought in her head. She tries to remain neutral and all she is doing is showing that she can’t make up her own mind about anything! Mary needs to get a backbone, this laid back attitude that appears more like a drug induced coma is getting old. Mary is either a complete moron or just a dull person. Mary admitted she doesn’t have a best friend, I have a feeling she has no friends, she certainly has no loyalty and you couldn’t count on this woman to have your back under any circumstances. If you believe in your friend, say so, if you disagree, say that too.
Mary may think that remaining neutral is a good thing and the best way to avoid conflict and maybe it is but she’s not trustworthy and she’s not the type of woman I’d want as a friend.
I look forward to the final reunion episode but more than anything, I think I look forward to not watching this DC group anymore. I’m curious as to the future of the DC Housewives and whether or not there will be a 2nd season, I wonder if the ratings justify another year of this. Each Housewives series has its own “feel” and the DC just didn’t give off a good “feel” to me.
Unlike Atlanta who are wild, crazy and fun, I’m just glad they’re back.
Last night also marked the premier of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and I did enjoy it, new blog on that and Watch What Happens Live tomorrow.
Until Next Time…