Hello to you all,
I am sorry for my reticence to write a blog last week. I have not viewed the episodes, as the final quarter of this season left me bewildered at first, then in an attempt to survive the emotional lambasting, I withdrew and refrained from watching. I am not advocating you should. Quite the contrary, watch and observe, and you can decide...
There are many circumstances that propel you to tears as the story unfolds, tears that are indignant, entwined with frustration and hurt…and tears that are manifested by utter hopelessness, tears that are propelled by sadness at the unfairness of the pain and suffering inflicted on helpless beings.
I cannot invest in the vicious conversations, the aggressive pettiness from some Housewives who clearly have little else to focus on. Initially I saw LR saying in response to ED that she didn't want any part of her insinuations, but I understand somehow in a week something changed that—something or somebody...
Now the primary importance of this episode to me is purely the fact that we have drawn attention to the barbaric “festival" known as Yulin. I thank Bravo for allowing me to use this arena to draw attention to something I am passionate about.
The horrific images will forever be imprinted on my mind, deeply etched in my conscience, as I garnered a plethora of photographs with the intent to eradicate this yearly event in China.
I do not profess to be an animal activist. I eat meat for one, but I am an avid advocator for the well being of mans best friend.
The premise of this disgusting event is the aim to torture, skin alive, torch and sever limbs, often whilst the dog is strung up, pleading and yelping as the barbarians relish cooking the limbs in front of them. It is the saddest, most painful demise of these wonderful creatures.
Many are pets stolen, driven in nets without food or water for days, handcuffed, limbs broken intentionally as they are stuffed into cages, helpless as they sink into this evil abyss, known as a celebration of the summer solstice.
The ignorant belief is that the adrenalin, that is stimulated by the pain and torture, will tenderize the meat, also increasing the virility of the pig…also known as man…that eats it. I am thankful that through a PSA we produced, t-shirts and banners that have been shipped to other countries, news outlets that have supported us we have managed to draw attention to the atrocities these poor dogs endure.
My heart has broken over these graphic images. It has absolutely been my focus this year, gaining permits with my partner and my relentless husband, creating websites and writing endless letters to people pleading to aid us in our fight.
I have many passions and causes that some of you are aware of, but none quite like this as we race against time to stop this once and for all. It has only been in existence a few years, and I hope this episode will capture enough attention to give a voice to the voiceless.
So maybe now you can have a better understanding of the underlying meaning behind my tagline, the sentiment that I drew from this season…the baseless accusations hurled by some of these women that have a palpable aggression that resonated for sure.
I admit to my time being compromised. Between my three restaurants and the demands you have witnessed on Vanderpump Rules, also my focus on Yulin, and the endless charity events I have hosted this year, I do prefer to dwell on important issues. The minuscule amount of time I spend with my friends should be enjoyed, and I find it almost funny that as I struggle to manage my own life, the notion that I am manipulating theirs, gives an importance that is hardly credible.
So I bid you all a good week, send love and positivity to you all and encourage you to always stand up for what you believe in. If this touches your heart, help us, please, because collectively we can make a difference. Go to stopyulinforever.org and support us.....Oh and to the Housewives that insinuate they are being manipulated and don't take responsibility for their own choices and actions, I have some sound advice...Get a f—ing life.
I will close off now. Thank you for watching. As always...Love Lisa