Slut Shaming Kandi and Phaedra? Have A Seat, Chuck Smith

Heeeeeyy! Happy 2014, dolls.

It’s been awhile since I felt inspired to write something reality TV-related. I suppose there are lots of reasons for that. At least one reason is because – just like an actual housewife – the whole “housewives” concept is getting tired. The staged fights, the endless “let’s get all the girls together with no drama!” road trips, and the general fakery makes for boring and predictable TV. But last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta really got under my skin.

Let’s get into it.

The episode opened with Kenya Less (™ Awesomely Luvvie) meeting Ms. Lawrence for lunch to spill the tea on the “Sa-VAHN-nah” trip. Ok, really, Kenya? The talk in ATL is that Kenya doesn’t even live here. Given the fact that she has a new place every couple of episodes and can’t even pronounce Savannah, I’m thinking she does, in fact, just come here to pick up a check. (Also, why does she never have any furniture? At least Sheree had a blow up mattress for her kids.) Funky Dineva‘s theory is that Kenya and Ms. Lawrence are both just working together to cling to relevancy and that no one at Bravo cares about either one of their uninteresting asses. Seconded!

Me describing Kenya.

Me describing Kenya.

So. Chuck Smith – husband of boring Monique with a ‘y’ and retired NFL person – wants to meet Nene and Phaedra. N and P naturally assume this is some kind of fallout from the dustup in Savannah. Remember? When Monique with a ‘y’ learned that her hubs not only dated both Phaedra and Kandi, but also paid Kandi’s bills when her credit was busted and bought a Louis bag for Mama Joyce? But it turns out Chuck just wants his old Athens buddies to accompany him to speak at the Boys and Girls Club over in Clarke County. Ok, cool. (See this fakery I’m talking about? These supposedly “crazy busy” people meet for lunch and then take off for a spontaneous 5 to 6 hour day trip. Gettin’ sloppy, Bravo.)

At the club, Chuck introduces Phaedra to the kids as something like “one of the top lawyers in the country.” Uh, ok. Surrre. I did like Phaedra’s message that even if you’re from a small town, a book can take you anywhere. Nice job, Phae. Chuck then introduces Nene as “one of the most successful actresses in the country”. Nene is probably one of the most successful actresses in the country FROM ATHENS, GEORGIA but let’s not get crazy, Chucky Cheese. Anyway, all three make pretty generic statements about dreaming big, being a leader, staying in school, blah blah blah. Chuck adds in something about always treating your mothers and sisters with respect.

Seriously, Chuck?

Seriously, Chuck?

When Chuckles, Nene and Phaedra head back to Atlanta, somehow the car conversation turns to the whole “who dated who” thing. And that’s when Chuck Smith showed what a messy, insecure man he is. I would have had so much more respect for him if he had said something like, “Hey, y’all. I really wasn’t honest with my wife about the extent of my relationships with you – Phaedra – and with Kandi. I kind of got caught out and I’m pretty embarrassed about it.” But, nooo. Chucky made a transparent attempt to minimize the relationships AND to slut shame both women; to make them sound like they were just groupies for “the Big Homie”. We’ve all experienced some version of this, right? Things end with a dude and suddenly the girl (you?) was “just part of the team”, a “jump off.” Chuckles went as far as to say, “I made Kandi feel special. I lied to her. I was just one of the guys who wanted a piece. I took advantage of a young girl who was hungry in the game.”

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Phaedra’s face says it all.

Gross.

Clearly, Chuckles and Monique with a ‘y’ are the ones who are hungry in the game. They want to be on the show and I hope against hope they don’t become regular cast members. She’s dull and trying for the Cynthia Bailey “bad bitch” makeover circa 2011. He’s just an awful person. Call me before you make any new casting decisions, Andy Cohen.

I have to hand it to the producers, though. It’s been months since anything on the show made me want to Google the aftereffects. And it turns out Kandi has plenty to say and will be blogging later this week about the real tea on washed-up Chuck Smith and his nasty remarks.

What did y’all think about this episode?

Oh, and hey, it’s fun to write again.

Photo: Bravotv.com

One thought on “Slut Shaming Kandi and Phaedra? Have A Seat, Chuck Smith

  1. paynemar says:

    Didn’t see last nite -I’m up to the savannah episode-seeing Lady Cadaver, I mean Chablis was hilarious-I didn’t know drag queens had a Senior Circuit …. I’m over Chuck and Monique-they can go by by now

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