Have you seen this television show? I missed the premiere episode last week, but as a housewife in Atlanta, I felt a cultural imperative to check it out last night. Within the first 5 minutes, it became clear - to my complete dismay, and contrary to all I have known for the past several years - that I am not a REAL housewife of Atlanta, after all. Either that, or the show is taped not in the same Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where I reside, but instead in some freakish parallel universe unfortunately known by the same name.
You see, according to the show, the REAL housewives of Atlanta:
- live in mansions;
- have personal chefs, personal assistants, personal stylists - in short, personal household staff;
- spend $18,000 (not including additional thousands for lavish gifts) on birthday parties for their 11 year old daughters;
- drop $6,500 on a whim on designer shoes; and
- are married to, divorced from, or negotiating seven-figure divorce settlements from professional (NBA/NFL) athletes.
So I couldn't possibly be a REAL housewife of Atlanta...I'm too underfunded, understaffed and underaccessorized. The reality that I live everyday is nothing like the one represented on the show. And, hey, I'm willing to concede that there are women in the Atlanta metro area for whom this lifestyle is a reality. I mean, technically speaking, fake nails, fake hair, fake breasts and fake friendships are to some extent REAL. Plastic, yes, but also REAL...depending on how rigidly you define and use "real." Here's how I'll define and use it, in the context of this television show: REAL misguided, REAL superficial, and REAL sad.
But that's just my humble opinion. What's yours? Comments are Open!