Joyce: Yolanda Annoyed the Hell Out Of Me
Joyce discusses Yolanda being the Reunion "referee," how "vile" Brandi is, and Carlton being the first to label.
Hola Mis Amores,
I can't believe it's finally the last Episode.
So before I dive into my thoughts on tonight's Episode, I want to once again THANK ALL of you for the support, the love, encouragement, and the messages -- as I love reading them. Thank you to my friends at Bravo, and especially to the wonderful crews who were with us all the time. You guys and the fans made this a wonderful journey. Above all, I thank God for allowing me to live this journey with all of you and my wonderful family, especially my husband Michael who supported me each and every single day even when the tides got tough.
Now, onto what you all want to hear. . .
The drama between Lisa and Brandi is an entirely different story. I don't see how they could EVER move forward. When people are as vile as Brandi, it's hard to see a future with trust and I believe true friendships must be built on trust, respect, loyalty, and love. I don't see how you can say you love someone, yet talk so poorly about them. One of my favorite moments was when Lisa asked Brandi why she wanted to be her friend if she was so bad.
Yolanda really annoyed the hell out of me! She was playing referee the ENTIRE reunion. It's one thing to try to reason and another to think you must always act like the voice of reason. Every time anyone spoke, she wanted to make a recap of what they were saying and give her larger than life thoughts on everything. That's why at one point I simply couldn't take it anymore and had to tell her. She's been "playing" director and referee the entire Season and thinks she can get away with everything.
Once again, she exaggerated on tonight's episode when she spoke about the incident with Ken. She says she remembered facts, but there is a footage that proves her memory of the incident is simply wrong. As humans we all make mistakes. . .I would have loved if she had said to Ken that the fact was she overreacted, but instead she stubbornly stood by her failed recollection of the events of the night.
After such a long and exhausting day of reunion, it was great when my husband arrived. He always manages to put a big smile on my face. When the husbands joined us, Andy had several questions for them.
My husband was asked about the incident with Carlton's "spell." I've said on multiple occasions I NEVER believed in any spells. And by saying that, I never disrespected or compared her religion with mine. I never compared her Goddess to my God because I respect every religion. I have friends from all different religions and cultures, and I love learning from them. I have recently met a Wiccan who is simply an amazing woman and has a very positive energy and outlook on life. Like my husband told Carlton at the Reunion, she says she doesn't want people to "judge" her religion, but she's the first one bringing it up and using it for shock value. If someone is proud of their religion, they don't need to hide it or get upset if someone inquires about it. I believe if Carlton had previously experienced people treating her differently because of her religion, this show would have been the perfect outlet to reach millions of people. She should have used it to educate people about her religion instead of using her religion as shock value and her storyline against Kyle.
And by the way, what I do know now is that Wicca is a beautiful, positive religion. Carlton should study her own religion more and get some of it's positive energy. But above all she should do as she preaches. She was the first one to say she hates labels, but she's the first to label everyone else.
I think my biggest takeaway of how I felt during this Season is that I was very proud to remain true to myself. Like I always said: I'm not a $100 bill for everyone to like, but one thing I am is honest. And I'm proud to say I never compromised my integrity. Yes, there were many things I should've done differently. I wish I had not gotten nervous and touched my hair so much. At times I wish I could have expressed myself better, instead of thinking in Spanish and translating in my head. And I wish my tagline would have been the one I wanted (Beauty is only skin deep, it's what's in your heart that matters).
Lots of people ask me if I would do the show again if I could go back in time and the answer is yes. This show brought me to all of you and the love and support I get even in the streets is simply priceless. For that I will forever be grateful.
God Bless you all,