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  1. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    ...I've been cracking up, imagining Magnani in a 50s Italian movie screaming out random Frankel-shit (""NO FISH WITH FINS!!" "Why you no have the Skinnygirl in the Vatican, padre??! ") Sorry for you loss, ChewyCandy. I agree - and Frankel's "explanation" for her behavior is total bullshit, imo. I'm supposed to believe that Bethenny Fucking Frankel (a woman who has screamed the most degrading things, and screamed them with rapacious glee) felt so fragile in the face of Tinsley's grief, she was driven to nervous laughter, like a Victorian maiden on her wedding night? THAT'S the shitshow she's selling tickets to? My god, it just never ends with her. The self serving lies. The emotional contamination. The toxic behavior. The hypocrisy so deep and wide, there's no word to describe it. If Ramona had "nervously laughed" at Frankel's disrespectful treatment of Cookie on instagram, Bethenny would have savaged Singer in a way that would have made Frankel's slut-shaming of Luann look like a Disney song and dance. But as usual with all things Bethenny, the only code she lives by is her bedrock belief she can hurt anyone, to any degree (large or small, laughter or lashing out) without ever answering for either the harm she's inflicted, or her two-faced standards. Live with a man credibly accused of rape, while feeling free to attack the moral character of the men your colleagues are dating? Check. Proclaim motherhood and protecting your child the most important thing in your life, while feeling free to scream at a little boy and then call his mother a drunk or addict? Check. Hurt a grieving family by lying about being engaged to man - and use that lie for months to polish your Halo of Grief - only to then sell him out as a barely-there mook who constantly let you down? Check, check, check. She demands endless sympathy and empathy and hand-holding; she demands people disregard her freak-outs and blow-ups and the conflicting lies she tells; she demands to be treated like a glass figurine, while kicking the shit out of anyone in her way. May the next RHoNY cast member be named Karma.
  2. ....this version of Erika (about 10 years ago? ) looks British-y - like she could be a cousin of LVP's ; ) All the different Erikas strung together at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=199&v=hOoCpJc5fDQ ....lesser procedures aside (lips/fillers/teeth/lasers/etc) and allowing for lighting, make-up, aging, camera lens used, angle (etc) I think she's had her eyes done (hooding) her nose, and chin.
  3. LOL (and no, there isn't a better description ; ) It's almost 70s macrame-ish (which is kissing cousin to a water bed!) Her taste in bathing suits forever puzzles me (same with Bethenny, most of the time). I always forget how Ramona used to look, and do a double-take when seeing older photos of her - she looks great, imo, and had no need of implants:
  4. Treat the bully as she treats others - fair enough. I'm not feeling fair, I'm fucking done. Done with Frankel buying into a misogynist culture, and then lecturing us about her empowerment. Done living in a landscape where women are bombarded with (and required to be) pumped full of fillers, botox, implants, labia lip reductions, nipple lifts and face lifts and vaginal lifts - whatever procedure you can think of, just name it, because all of them are based on the idea that a woman is a repugnant troll to be tweaked and tucked and beaten into some pleasing, fleshless entity - a plastic fuckdoll who will, upon stripping her body of all woman-flesh, finally deserve to be considered fuckable. I am done sitting silent in the face of 21st century foot binding - the profound hatred of that procedure now transferred onto our breasts and faces and vaginas - and ignoring the ripples in the pond. And I am beyond done ignoring the profound hypocrisy of Bethenny Frankel: if you put implants in your body and fillers in your face and botox in your forehead and lie about how easy it is to stay skinny - and THEN lecture me on the beauty myth? - FUCK YOU. You can either adopt the beauty myth (because it's a brutal world & the hatred women face for not abiding can be daunting, so if that procedure is one less burden? Good for you) OR you can decide to not abide (and good for you as well). What you can't do (or at least can't do without it being FUCKING NOTICED) is be pumped full of plastic, while also pretending you're condemning all the ways women are required to be fake. And fuck you for even trying that shit.
  5. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    So she's using the language of AA while refusing to admit she's an alcoholic - god help her (and thanks for the info ; )
  6. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    Luann described herself as unable to stop at one drink: "It's good because I can't drink, and really at this point I feel like I'm almost allergic to alcohol because I can't be like most normal people and have a glass or two of wine. I'll drink the whole bottle and then I'm looking where can I get another bottle?" ... "I can't have one drink," she told Kelly. "I don't know when to stop." https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/searchq=cache:y8iYYvR1RMwJ:https://www.eonline.com/news/960000/luann-de-lesseps-recalls-the-moment-she-broke-her-sobriety-i-felt betrayed+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us (ETA to reflect @ShawnaLanne's info: Despite Luann's diagnosis of being allergic (dermatitis denial) Luann's describing an alcoholic pattern (one drink is too many, and a thousand are never enough). She's admitted she was drinking seven drinks a day (of all kinds - martinis, wine, vodka sodas) including adding in a "hair of the dog" to get her day going. She also experienced something that sounds like alcohol tolerance (drinking more because the previous amount was no longer working). She drank excessively, could not stop once she started, drank so much and so often she experienced increasing tolerance, and her drinking led to trouble at her place of work, insane financial decisions, a family crisis, a mugshot, a felony charge, rehab, plus court ordered AA. And still, she drank two mimosas. Sounds like a textbook description of an alcoholic to me. What a profound loss, Mondrianyone - condolences to you and your family.
  7. film noire

    S09.E22: Reunion Part 1

    Nope, no help from her parents buying her first apartment - she made the money doing commercials (close to 100, iirc). eta: over a hundred, actually : "She made her movie debut at 13 playing Glenda Jackson's daughter in the 1973 romantic comedy A Touch Of Class, appeared in children's TV shows, and starred in ITV series Kids. "I did over 100 commercials for brands like Maltesers, Lilt, Britvic 55 and Hamlet cigars, so by 19 I'd bought myself a flat in Fulham," she says. "I never had any financial help after leaving home, just a good education and a kick in the arse." https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1140768/lisa-vanderpump-success-reality-tv-campaign-real-housewives-LGBT-rights-LA-pride-parade We do it all the time with every other cast member - what's so sacrosanct about The Battle of The Lisas? ; ) IMDB doesn't list commercials/theatre, so it can be misleading re: financial success. Absolutely, @RealHousewife - difference to me is, LVP is very open about her parents giving her a comfortable, happy childhood, whereas Rinna acts as if she miraculously escaped a dullard's backwater.
  8. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    So fucking funny! - Day-drinking and Apology Lunches deserves to be the title of a best-selling memoir (no Carole, not you). I agree 100 pecent. By any measure, Luann is an alcoholic (and if the mimosas were any indication, one who seems eager to start drinking asap). Her inability to admit that is, not so ironically, one of the signs that she's an alcoholic.
  9. film noire

    S09.E22: Reunion Part 1

    It can be very hard transitoning into adult roles if you've been a kid in the business. It's become less rigid over the years (Natalie Portman, Christian Bale) but the list of Richards-era kid actors who couldn't get career traction as adults is long. I agree, @RealHousewife, they all want some measure of fame. And Rinna herself has said she didn't care about being a good actor, she just wanted to be famous (maybe that explains both her willingness to do literally anything to remain in the limelight, and why she aggrandizes how she became famous.) Whatever the reason, I'm tired of Rinna making it sound like she accomplished the impossible ("I got here from MEDFORD, people!") when the truth is more like "My parents gave me everything I needed to succeed: I was genetically blessed with a face and body that allowed me to throw aside a university education & walk right into modeling, and they nurtured my ambition and dreams in a way that made me believe I could do anything." But I guess the truth is just not ego-pumping enough for Rinna and that's why she turns Medford into a town full of fat-arsed yahoos slurping down Big Gulps as they hold Rinna - the only sophisticate in the whole state - down and back. When Rinna was living off her parent's dime at the Unversity of Oregon, LVP had been such a successful child actor, she'd already bought her own London apartment - from her own earnings - by the age of nineteen. That's real hustle, right there.
  10. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    Sorry for you loss, RaiderRed - it's always so hard. Exactly - why hasn't that happened yet? (As the saying went - IF THEY CAN SEND A MAN TO THE MOON...showing myself out now). eta: I do wonder - because it's so hard to lose an animal after twelve or fifteen years - what would the grief of a quarter century feel like? That would be unbearable.
  11. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    {{Kicksave }} I always thought people who said a new animal helps the healing were insensitive - how does that work, I'd think (all snotty in my head) but it turns out, it works pretty fucking perfectly. After our first sweetie died at twelve, the only thing that helped mend my heart was a new rescue pup. She was three months old (all paws and ears and only seven pounds, happy to sit in my bra until she got too big and migrated to my shoulder) and she didn't care that I was missing the dog she sniffed out in all the corners, I was hers now. And faster than I would have thought possible, I became someone who had two dogs - one gone, one there, both of them mine - because the love you give the next one is built on the love your last one gave to you. It's different for everybody, of course, but for me, that was everything. So fuck Dorinda and Bethenny* for finding anything about Tinsley's loss amusing. She's hurting because her heart aches, she's grieving and she misses a soul that mattered deeply to her - to snigger about any of it is disgusting. *their lack of empathy is never a surprise - they're both casually cruel and forever self-absorbed - so why is it still so shocking to see? It never fails to drop my jaw.
  12. film noire

    S09.E22: Reunion Part 1

    For what it's worth, Rinna didn't come from a humble background. Her father graduated summa cum laude from one of the best art schools in California, and worked in art direction (they moved to Medford when he became Executive Art Director for Harry and David). Lois (according to Rinna) was a bit of a fashion follower, who took her daughter on shopping trips to San Fran biannually to buy trendy clothes. Rinna has said both her parents supported her dreams (her father - traveling for work - would make a point of flying into whatever city Rinna was working in when acting or modeling) and when Rinna dropped out of the acting program at the University of Oregon, it was to become a model, not due to any difficulty paying for the program. She grew up in a family-owned home with a stay-at-home Mom (no need for a second salary) and had braces and nice clothes and Xmas gifts and a university education in the offing, all of which sounds like a solidly middle-class (and culturally varied) childhood to me. Throw in the kind of loving parental attention that makes you believe in yourself, and I'd call her royally lucky. Excellent deconstruction of the (moral) crime scene, Detective Smores! That would have been an excellent solution, Hunter - LVP would have been on camera enough to keep the audience invested, the other women could have looked supportive of her (while still getting the lion's share of attention) and Dorit, Erika, Teddi, and Kyle might have come out of this seaosn looking better than ever, and not forever tarnished. (Clare Voyent, HeavySnaxx, Dosodog and Liza Jane - thank you for your kind words : )
  13. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    You're right, she did borrow 70K and paid him back (in full, with interest) in a month, which is an insane turnaround. It's a shame Ramona never mastered herself - or common decency, simple kindness, awareness of others, basic boundaries, an interest in something other than her own needs, respect for the work other people do, even a fleeting relationship with honesty - as easily as she did business.
  14. film noire

    S11.E19: Reunion Part 2

    I've got some financial questions for these Tins-shaming bitches: Bethenny Fucking Frankel Uber Feminist: when you said this to ABC news re: your finances at age 38: "She couldn't afford to pay her rent. Gifts from boyfriends helped her get by, she said. "I dated guys that were rich and they helped me with my rent." https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/bethenny-frankel-america-fat/story?id=12460595) ...Exactly which wave of female empowerment inspired your financial choice? Simone de Beauvoir? Shirley Chisolm? First or fourth wave? Suffragette? WannaBlowJobette? Which was it, O, Deb of Dating Dollars? And what constituted a "gift"? Manolos you could return for cash? Or outright cash left on the night table? How fucking dare you question any woman's financial choices, you woman-shaming hypocritical bitch. Dorinda Fucking Medley Money Clip Clip Clip: Your boyfriend fuckbuddy is a man you clearly despise, but still, you climb on top of his Little John and ride him, year after year, just to avoid being alone (and to get your clothes - stained with drunk-pee and spilled cocktails - cleaned for free). On what planet do you think you have the moral cred to question Tinsley's financial choices, you moronic rage-fueled santimonious virago? (Or, as you'd say in Dorindish: dry cwean clothes rage virrrgo who's a virgo tinkle tinkle jus peed). Sonja Fucking Morgan, American Royalty: Well met, Lady Morgan: You are, of course, to the manor born ( and by "manor" I mean hitting every dick in town until you found one rich enough, old enough and dumb enough to put a cock ring on it. Save your bullshit tsk tsk M'lady routine for people who don't know your actual personal crest is a Cascade-clean dildo.) Luann De Lesseps, Six Million Dollar Loan Woman: The Countess of Cabaret just drifted into her happy place (I wish I had a man to pay my bills would I fuck Scott for that sure why not gotta get his phone number from Tins The redness in Dorinda's eyes reminds me of a delicate fruity rose in a Go Cup and me running naked through the forest humming The Wiliam Tell Overture oh god thank god in thirty days I can drink again...) Ramona Fucking Singer Queen of Millenium Kadooz: WTF? Crazy Eyes actually earned her living every step of the goddamn way since she left college - without "dating" men for rent money, marrying stinking rich grandpas, or playing happy couple with a man she publicly humiliates and mocks - which means fucking toxic RAMONA SINGER is the closest thing this show has to a financial femini$t - which in turn means we are two seconds from the nuclear feminist clock hitting midnight and taking us to defcon XX and into a perpetual nuclear winter where we all dress like Wilma Flinstone and birth the cartoon children Offred. Tinsley Mortimer of Tara Tonight, she went for Dorinda like a finishing school honey badger in a cotillion gown - I do declare, Miz Tinsley is finally a New Yawk housewife, bringing a bit of steel magnolia with her particular brand of shade!
  15. film noire

    S09.E22: Reunion Part 1

    Your memory is pretty on point, RH ; ) Back in February, this story made the rounds: "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star admits she asked Bravo and Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen for a year off the show, following the April 2018 death of her brother, Mark, who died by suicide, before ultimately filming the upcoming ninth season. “[Andy] said, 'You know, I think we should've given you a year off when you asked for it...He said, 'I don't think you were in a mental state where you were really prepared to deal with it..." https://www.etonline.com/lisa-vanderpump-wishes-she-had-taken-a-year-off-from-rhobh-exclusive-118906 Same deal a month ago, when LVP was on RuPaul's talk show: “I actually did say, and we talked about it with Andy [Cohen] on Watch What Happens Live — he said: ‘I wish I’d given you the year off,’ ” she recalls. “ https://people.com/tv/lisa-vanderpump-wishes-she-took-year-off-real-housewives/ I have no problem believing Cohen rebuffed LVP, fearing it would lose them ratings, $$ - as well as set a precedent for other cast members - because as bad as the very worst housewives are, they are moral giants compared to the radioactive cockroach that is Andy fucking Cohen.
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