“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” should watch out for “The Real Housewives of Lancaster County”

NeNe and gang had better beware. There are some new ladies to watch and they have pitch forks!

I happened upon this spoof of “The Real Housewives” series on You Tube, and I love it! “The Real Housewives of Lancaster County” is hysterical. It’s short so I won’t ruin any of the jokes by giving examples of it’s humor — just watch and you will see!

But seriously, we’ve never talked about “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ because I’m just so offended by it. I’m embarrassed that these are the ladies representing Atlanta to the world. I am actually a “housewife,” a term I hate, and don’t behave that way and don’t know anyone else that behaves that way. I must be running in the right circles.

Their foolishness is so painful we literally have to keep changing the channel. (The meeting in the park to discuss why you’re talking bad about me; the meeting at dinner to discuss why you’re talking bad about her, the ignoring the other one at an event, the touching of the fake boobs.) It’s like when Marcia Brady thought her dentist was in love with her. You’re so embarrassed for the character’s behavior you can’t even watch!

So what do you think: Did you like “The Real Housewives of Lancaster County?” Do like the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta?” Do you actually know any women who behave that way? Would you hang out with them? Which show do you like the best? Which cast would you want to be friends with?

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motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
7:55 am

Just watched the clip.

I have never watched the Atlanta Housewives ( not my cup of tea) but I would love to see some Atlanta housewives trade with those who live in the country. To me, country folks are not as superficial. To some comparing their gardens and canning finesse seems absurd.
I had clients in North Dakota ask me if I had a huge garden…as the weather is so favorable in the south. No but I love to visit the farmer’s market.

I met a Kinder teacher once who told me that she milked cows with her husband every morning, then taught Kindergarten all day and then milked again in the afternoon before she did her other farms chores and then dinner for the family. Some woman ITP and also OTP would DIE if they had to do this. I know I would not want to add it to teaching Kindergarten all day…that can be exhausting enough!

One thing prevails…women can be catty no matter where they live. I saw this start in my 2nd grade class…sheesh.

Yes, some women are as excited about a horse as those in Atlanta would be about a new SUV.
I have witnessed this first hand…learning so much when I travel….it is a hoot.

Andrea

August 14th, 2009
8:13 am

Just watched the clip – I didn’t think it was funny. I guess I didn’t get it.

There isn’t anything “real” about the majority of these housewives (Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, Orange County). It is just like all of the other scripted reality shows.

I can honestly say that I have met women that behave badly. Most women have met or known a woman that:

A. Went through a divorce in total denial and then became delusional.
B. Grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and then made a better life for herself.
C. Has had an affair with a married man.
D. Has been married more than once.
E. Has been or is a single parent.

The circumstances surrounding the women of RHOA aren’t unique. These women are just “acting up” for the paycheck they get from Bravo network. The one housewife that was actually married, attended church with her family, and didn’t act like a moron was told she was too boring to come back this season. So, it is all just a bunch of clowing on camera for a paycheck. Unfortunately, these women have blurred the lines of acting and created a faux reality in their own minds.

Andrea

August 14th, 2009
8:15 am

I should not have said “act like a moron” in my previous post. I should have said she didn’t behave badly in front of the camera. Sorry about that.

Carol Labby

August 14th, 2009
8:17 am

The Real Houswifes of Atlanta are the worst bunch of so called ladies of the series, I hate their season. They are all backstabbing, immature women, and if I was Kim, I would grow some balls and slap the hell out of one of those women poking in her face or trying to pull her hair, as their hair is a weave as well. The only lady on this series is the new one, Kandi Burnuss, she is an inspiration and a true woman, Bravo should give her her own show inspiring young women of all races.

JATL

August 14th, 2009
8:19 am

I don’t watch reality tv at all. I find the whole concept of the “Real Housewives” shows to be insanely stupid and a colossal waste of time. Even if all you’re doing is watching tv -there are SO many better things to watch than this! From what I’ve read and heard -there is nothing real about this bunch of idiots. They don’t even live in the real city limits of Atlanta either!

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
8:26 am

@Andrea… I did not think it was funny either but since I have never watched any REAL HOUSEWIVES show, I thought perhaps I just did not get it either. Perhaps other posters will give us some insight and a laugh for a fun Friday. Have a nice day all!

HB

August 14th, 2009
8:33 am

I don’t like the Real Housewives of Atlanta (and didn’t find the You Tube video all that funny either). I have to admit, though, I’m pretty curious about the upcoming RH of DC (where I’m currently living). It will be interesting to see who they cast and how they portray the high life here, but I imagine it will be as trashy as all the other versions.

Stan

August 14th, 2009
9:21 am

I am so sick of hearing about these girls (’girls’ used intentionally as these are not ladies or even women). Rodney Ho writes about them almost daily. AJC puts them on the front page. Now here. Blah! Enough already!

new mom

August 14th, 2009
9:24 am

OK, I’ll fess up–my name is new mom, and I watch all the RH shows. I don’t have many other ‘guilty pleasures’, hate the bachelor/bachelorette shows, etc., but I do enjoy the RH. I take them for what they are–trainwreck television, purely entertainment, not meant to be inspirational or anything. There are so many times I actually laugh out loud at things they say or do, and honestly, there aren’t a lot of other TV shows or movies that elicit a laugh.

I had thought about emailing Theresa with the topic suggestion of ‘how would the show be different if WE were the real housewives?’ I can tell you, my show would be cancelled after 5 minutes. Ohh, fixing breakfast only to hear “no, down, EHMO!” or working on a grocery list, going through coupons and the online ad when I realize that daughter has just pooped…Wow, that would be riveting. ;)

Stan

August 14th, 2009
9:34 am

Youtube is blocked here at work…But that’s probably ok cause I am SICK of hearing about this show! Ugh no more please.

Stan

August 14th, 2009
9:37 am

Great…now my first post shows up…sorry about the double post

Michelle

August 14th, 2009
10:01 am

New mom…that would be funny to see what it would be like with “real” housewives! I’m sure not nearly as dramatic as all the scripted stuff! Carpool calamities, teacher talks, and grocery shopping!

DB

August 14th, 2009
10:02 am

Theresa — haha, that was great!! I know an Atlanta girl who, through a Girl Scouts program, spent a week with an Amish family in Pennsylvania, helping with chores, etc. She said it was fun, but exhausting and a real eye-opener. Growing up, I had one set of grandparents who had a farm in North Carolina — suffice to say that it was fun during my visits, but I’m sure I would not have made a very good farmer’s wife as an adult!

I don’t really watch the “reality” shows — most because they aren’t reality, and, frankly, I am both embarrassed for them and embarrassed that they purport to represent me. Their lives don’t inspire envy — mostly, I just wince at the shallowness of it all. If I slide by one while channel surfing, I might watch for a few minutes, but end up keepin’ on surfin’. I just hope that people understand that they are no more representative of Atlanta than those women in Orange County and the ones in New Jersey. I know *I* sure don’t have a separate room in my house dedicated to manicures, pedicures and hair styling, nor do I have a stylist dropping by my house to get me ready for yet another boring party with people standing around posturing and waiting to pounce on the slightest misstep. You can’t have a real friendship with a fake person.

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
10:11 am

DB…are you empty nest yet? Still waiting to find out how to contact you from Theresa. Did you change your mind about wanting to get together…maybe.

JJ

August 14th, 2009
10:15 am

New Mom, my guilty pleasure is Real Housewifes of New Jersey. For some reason, I’ve been sucked into that show, but can’t stand the other ones…….I love Caroline. She’s my hero. And Jacqueline is so cute. But I cannot stand Dinah. She is nothing more than a Drama Queen, and constantly stirs up crap. Everything centers around her. But for some reason, I can’t stop watching it.

Oh and I just love Theresa and her husband. Actually, I like them all except Dinah.

lynn

August 14th, 2009
10:32 am

I can honestly say that other than the AJC, I know nothing about any of these shows and don’t want to. Other than a rainy Saturday or Sunday, I don’t watch much TV. There’s just too many other productive and enjoyable things to do in life. Even if it’s just sitting on the deck having a beer with my husband or having friends over for dinner, it’s better than wasting my life on watching all the make believe crap.

RJ

August 14th, 2009
10:35 am

Yes, I watch the RHOA! Wouldn’t miss an episode! The drama keeps me laughing. Personally, I hated the Jersey show. The last show with Teresa was soooo over the top. Throwing over a table for no apparent reason was just too much. But I take it for what it is…entertainment. It’s scripted and meant to entertain, not show reality. I’m no housewife, but I’ve been one and it wasn’t anything glamorous. Potty training, play dates, going to the library, nothing as eventful as what these women go through. Oh well, guess I was as boring as DeShawn.

YUKI

August 14th, 2009
10:46 am

I don’t have Bravo so I have not been subjected to this show, but I have heard it is a total embarrassment to Atlanta. I don’t even understand why they call it “housewives” because aren’t only a couple of them even married? How does that even make sense? I’m pretty sure whatever the case, they really “do it up” for the cameras and would hopefully not act like I’ve heard they do in a normal everyday life situation. But then again, who knows.
I will admit that I do watch reality shows sometimes, though for entertainment. I watched the Bachelorette this season and I did get into it. It’s an escape from real life for a little while….just fun and not to be taken seriously. We all know they are going to end up breaking up anyway, they almost always do.

DB

August 14th, 2009
11:04 am

MJG – not quite empty, no! Son goes back next week. I’m pretty sure Theresa has my email, maybe she just hasn’t had a chance to forward it on to you, what with school starting and everything. Lunch would be fun!

Valstake

August 14th, 2009
12:45 pm

I’ve never watched RHOA nor of anywhere else. The only reality show I’ve watched was “Hell’s Kitchen,” but I’ve given up watching that also. The only TV I actually watch is PBS and TCM, and I only watch selected programs or movies on them. Guess I’m just not fond of TV, I usually read for entertainment. Enjoyed the clip of Real Housewives of Lancaster County; I thought it droll. Was it supposed to be funny?

New Step Mom

August 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

I do not happen to watch this show, but occasionally (Like new mom and JJ), trashy reality TV makes me laugh hysterically. My Big Fat Redneck Wedding-it will not make you smarter, but you will howl laughing. We also watched the finale of 16 and Pregnant and my husband and I both cried.

I think reality TV has its spot! Enjoy!

JATL

August 14th, 2009
1:07 pm

OK New Step Mom -I will cop to watching some episodes of My Big Fat Redneck Wedding. It’s too horrific to miss! A friend of mine turned me onto it at the beach last year, and I came home and told my husband he had to see some of it. If we happen to see that it’s on while channel surfing, we always watch it for a laugh. Magnificently cringe-worthy!

Becky

August 14th, 2009
1:09 pm

I don’t watch these shows, but I lump them in with wrestling, comedy..

Denise

August 14th, 2009
1:32 pm

The only funny thing about that video was the music. It was interesting.

I don’t like RH but I watch it because it’s like a trainwreck…and it makes me feel better about my life! LOL!!! My life has NO DRAMA compared to these broads. Thank God. And I’m not trashy, either. YAY me! LOL

LWA

August 14th, 2009
1:44 pm

I didn’t get the youtube clip.

As an woman I am offended by the RHOA.. As an African American I am insulted. This show does not represent either group well. It feeds into the sterotypes that both groups face.

New Step Mom

August 14th, 2009
1:53 pm

JATL-so glad someone else has enjoyed the same train wreck! Like I said, it will not make you smarter, but you will be entertained. I figure those who watch any of the other reality shows get the same entertainment value that I do!

FCM

August 14th, 2009
2:08 pm

Can I get a reality show? I would think a single mom show—especially with the crazy things my kids say do, plus daycare, trying to meet people, school, etc…..shoot I know there is drama…..Then for kicks we can add in my children’s dad (aka my ex).

New GA Peach

August 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

OMG new step mom, the last episode of 16 and pregnant with the adoption had me in tears. Those were strong kids!!!!

DB

August 14th, 2009
2:44 pm

I thought the YouTube clip was a great little piece of satire, especially the woman who kept hitting out at the electronic equipment. Just as many stereotypes going down in that little clip as in RHOA!

IS there really a show called “My Big Fat Redneck Wedding”?! You’re not just kidding, right? WHO would agree to be on such a thing?! I once had to file a small-claims case for damages done to our car in a car wash (loooong story), and I was amazed to get a phone call from one of those “Judge Judy” type shows wondering if we’d be willing to appear and have the case tried on TV. I firmly said “No way!” but my husband, to my indignation, thought it was a riot. We didn’t go, they finally paid the claim, but omigosh . . . we’d have been soooo boring on that show!

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
3:02 pm

AW….come on DB, that would be fun. My family wants me to be on ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER….no way, I would probably look like a complete buffoon and not even be able to answer:

WHAT ARE THE THREE PRIMARY COLORS?

DB

August 14th, 2009
3:24 pm

Blue, yellow, red . . . :-)

new mom

August 14th, 2009
3:30 pm

primary colors–red, blue, yellow. :) but I’d never go on the 5th grader show either, too much risk of embarrassment.

And I think if everyone were honest, we’d all have some guilty pleasure we could admit to, whether a TV show, website, etc. I usually couldn’t care less about celebrities, but my hairdresser asks me what kind of magazine I’d like when I’m under her dryer, and I ask for ‘trashy’, she knows to bring me a “People”. That’s some of my very little alone time, and it’s the only time I read stuff like that! :)

new mom

August 14th, 2009
3:32 pm

DB–that’s our kind of trivia question, huh? :)

Joe A

August 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

Just shows you that you can take trash out of a plastic barrel and throw it in a silver lined one, and guess what, you still have trash. These peopel are disgusting, and if it true that most are going bankrupt, good. they all deserve it. This is why the world sees America for what it is. Trashy people doing low life things for 15 minutes of fame. I feel bad for their children, who are learning this type of behaviour from these scummy broads!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 14th, 2009
3:43 pm

I do want us to talk about that 16 and Pregnant show — It was so heartbreaking so interesting to see how the families handled it. I hated that so many were from the South. I felt like it made us look very uneducated.

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
3:47 pm

HEHE…that was a rhetorical question but I am impressed with the knowledge shared today.

If a nationally known professional on sleep disorders shared tidbits about sleep on this blog , one would hope that others would not argue and derail the opin

"Made us look undeducated"...

August 14th, 2009
3:47 pm

Well, duh – we ain’t (the South) last in education for nuthin’!

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
3:47 pm

ooops…ignore that last comment…another topic for another day…sorry.

motherjanegoose

August 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

what is “undeducated”? HAHA!

new stepmom

August 14th, 2009
5:54 pm

Oh yes there is a show called My Big Fat Redneck Wedding….and it is a riot.

Glad someone else was touched bt the kids in the last episode of 16 and Pregnant. We kept hoping the adoptive parents would adopt the birth parents too. I have never seen such intelligent decisions made by kids who had almost no resources and found themselves in a horrible situation. It was heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.

DB

August 14th, 2009
6:09 pm

Theresa, so many of them were from the South because that, unfortunately, is where the highest incidences of age 15-19 births take place. For example, in that age group, Mississippi has a whopping 68.4 per 1,000 births. Sheesh! Followed by New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. This graph pretty much paints a broad swath across the Southern U.S.:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=37&cat=2

Georgia is 10th, with a rate of 54.2 per 1,000. The lowest? New Hampshire,, with 18.7 per 1,000. followed by Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Which means, for those statistically inclined, you have three and a half times as many 15-19 year olds having babies in Mississippi as you do in New Hampshire.

So, in this case — I’d say the producers, unfortunately, have us pretty well pegged. *sigh*

deidre_NC

August 14th, 2009
10:49 pm

i think the south just may not have as many young girls getting abortions, hence the higher numbers of teenage moms…anyone have stats on that?

DB

August 14th, 2009
11:22 pm

deidre_NC, the abortion stats for teenagers for that age group is much, much harder to pin down, due to varying state laws on abortion availability, parental notification, etc. Unfortunately one of the biggest correlational values to pregnancy is school drop-out rate overall for that age group (boys and girls), which is also one of the South’s “claims to fames” — not sure whether girls drop out after they get pregnant or before and then get pregnant.) While an abortion may be privately performed and not reported, most births ARE reported :-)

But Mississippi, the highest pregnancy rate, is right smack in the middle of the abortion rate for girls up to the age of 19 (that would also include the under 15 girls), at 17 per 1,000. Georgia is around 11th when it comes to rates, at 16 per 1,0000 — however, there are several states that are at zero due to incomplete reporting (Florida, California, New Hampshire, for example.) Highest reported abortion rates are in Montana (22 out of 1,000), North Dakota and Vermont at 21 out of 1,000, and Alaska and Hawaii at 20 out of 1,000.

Chris K

August 15th, 2009
6:24 am

Just watched the clip,it is so funny and since I am from the Philadelphia area and lived not far from Lancaster County. It shows that those kind of superficial women can be found in all stratas of society. I don’t watch any of those Housewives shows because I cannot stand to see how those shallow,selfcentered women act.

Jesse's Girl

August 16th, 2009
2:16 pm

Thats it…I’m making my own spoof:)

FancastFan

August 20th, 2009
1:07 am

Hey all, thought you might like to know NeNe is doing a live online chat on Fancast on Thursday, Aug 20 at 2 pm ET

http://www.fancast.com/blogs/live-chat/live-chat-with-nene-from-the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/

It’s a great opportunity to chat LIVE with NeNe, ask her questions and tell her your thoughts about her and the other housewives. Hope you can stop by and chat.

Cheers,
Jim (for Fancast)

zoom

August 21st, 2009
1:44 am

I dont like the new housewife. I like the old ones better. why did they have to bring in a new member?

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