Last night's Real Housewives of New York City really emphasized the differences between the New York "housewives" and the O.C. "housewives". For the most part, the O.C. Housewives were buddies: they got Botox together, got drunk together, and yelled at their kids together. The Real Housewives of New York, however, are much more focused on social status/hierarchy, and absolutely delight in snubbing each other. In the clip above, Ramona, who is desperately trying to befriend the more patrician Countess LuAnn deLesseps, goes to children's day at the Hampton Classic horse show, where LuAnn's daughter Victoria is "showing." In some later commentary, LuAnn gives Ramona the most backhanded compliment I've ever heard. Clip above.
Umm: NO ONE is to smacktalk about my love the Countess (and yes, there is irony in a COUNTESS named LuANN.
Let me preface this by saying I cannot sit through an episode of Housewives of OC. I think it's because I don't think these women realize that they're miserably unhappy and everything in their lives are lies. They're too dumb to know better, so I feel like a bad person for watching them flounder. It's kind of like being entertained by watching a retarded kid stick a fork in an electrical socket.
The Real Housewives of New York City: now THAT'S snobbery I can get behind! These ladies are all relatively intelligent, two-faced, and passive agressive as I have never seen on television. The cheek kissing, the tennis matches, the horse shows, the fashion shows, the charity events, the opaires. These shallow endeavours are made all the more wonderful by their assurances to the viewing public that they DO in fact realize they are lucky and priviledged. They don't want to appear entitled, like the OC women. But you know they say this because they do, in fact, believe they are better than not just the OC women, but everyone, and their sense of entitlement soars higher than any of their penthouses or private jets.
They ARE vindictive and evil. That's what I love about them! But the OC ladies WOULD be vindictive and evil if they were SMARTER. They were too dumb for subtlty and nuances. As it stands, the OC chicks are catty and bitchy. Besides, I myself am all about passive aggressiveness: YEEEEEEEEEEEES, your best friend snubbed you for all the world to see and said nasty things about you at the country club, but don't make a SCENE. I LOVE IT!!!