OK, if anyone is looking for me, I will be hiding behind the sofa tonight after being portrayed as an Obama-basher! Yes, I was disappointed because of the no-show on awards night for my husband, but I'm a huge fan of the President. I moved my family to the US to support Charles' job with the new administration! Stacie and I are firm friends, as are Lynda and Mary, and we are all on our knees with exhaustion after our bumper-to-bumper press tour with wine throwing, accusations and no sleep, but I'm hoping everyone enjoys the full season and doesn't judge us until they see our true selves unfold! Because trust me, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Hi! I thought you did really good. This is America, you can say what you want and don't have to worry about what others think.
Really like CATS boldness. Unfortunately, you can't just say what you want in America because some people will try to grind you down with criticism for your personal opinion. How free and open-minded is that? Go CAT and be real for all of the others who aren't.
I think its best to reserve strong opinions in a first time social setting, especially if it is in conflict with the host of the event.
You were wonderful. It's about time someone spoke the truth. There is nothing wrong with speaking your mind, for it seems that all of the other housewives speak theirs. It's ok not to like someone and as long as this is still the land of the free (hopefully the new administration won't be able to change this even though they are really trying). Welcome. You are refreshing and I for one look forward to more of your opinions.
I do agree that we are in America and have the freedom to say what we want, but everything we say and do have consequences. So, we should expect back what we put out there. The important thing is to always respect the other person, not let things get too personal, but recognize that political views are very personal. Religion, politics, and talking about someone's children are very personal and touchy subjects...so, we just have to use our brains and our hearts to speak in the same way that we want someone else to do when they speak to us. I am sure that the commenter (Jennifer) would want someone to have the freedom to say how they feel, but at the same time respect how she feels and have the self-respect to speak about his/her views towards her that is respectful of how she feels. With every freedom comes responsibility, that is thing that makes America great..>Freedom with Responsibility and Respect of others.
Was the "He's a real gentleman" conversation a prelude to your political views? If so, for an outspoken woman, you should just get it out there - you are intelligent and have a right to your opinions. That said, I ditto the Jersey Girl above who suggested that you wait until later dinner parties (and more wine!) to share politics ;) Too late now, of course, so we're just giving opinions on things that we have no control over!!!
your husband is a phenominal photographer. you have every reason to be proud of him. incidentally, i can't stand tyra either.
Flew to NC and drove back and was on the lookout for banjo's and felt like he was on deliverance? Ummmm. No. What a stereotypical and very stupid remark. Disappointing.
Rule #1 in DC= It's not WHAT we SAY;It's HOW we SAY it !
Rule #2 in Dc = It's not what we DO; It's How we DO it !
By the way,remember the saying ;"When in Rome.................
I think your mouth may get you in trouble this season. I'll be watching!
Yeah, you did kind of come across as rude and brash with some of your comments. It will be interesting to see how others accept your matter of fact style.
Speak your mind because its the truth. Know yourself because it is the window to your soul. Be down to earth because that's where your feet land. Race is nothing only to those that make it an issue. Love you and Lynda. As an American Business Women, braggers and fakes do not make the world go round.
Yep, here we go! A new season of folks opening up their lifes to the world. I may tune i every once in a while, but I will not be a fan of this show. The two from the UK I found to be real turn offs for me. The driving ad looking for banjos? Really sad!
I love you and your open personality. Dont let anyone change the way you feel. People will bash you but its a free country and you should talk as you wish. You have a right to your opinion it people will love you for it. I enjoyed u in the show
I personally found Cat to be a very open person. She simply stated her opinions, which should not have bothered anybody, considering that President Obama leads the democratic party. I did not get the impression that she was trying to be difficult but honest about her feelings. Good for her!
I thought that your behavior and comments at the dinner party were fine. I actually thought that your host was being rude. I don't care for Tyra Banks either.
I have a feeling this blog will be bombarded with unforgiving comments. But I for one will stand by your side. I love your honestly and even though I let myself get caught up in the "is this a black thing" moment(force of habit obtained from my upbringing), I snapped back and can not be hypocritical when I too can get "bold". The only thing that annoys me is how much you talk about your husband's profession. I know you're proud, but hopefully you won't be THAT wife throughout this season.
Don't fret, you weren't bashing Obama. Rather, you stated your opinion and gratitude for a past President. No harm in that--it just wasn't what the other ladies wanted to hear. I am sure if you chose to speak negatively about President Bush, they would have been excited to participate.
Furthermore, you have every right to be disappointed that he didn't show to your husbands award night. However, I am sad to say that yours wasn't the only event our current President has snubbed...
Stay true to yourself. Your honest nature is refreshing.
I don't care if you like Obama or not or if you like Tyra or not- you simply didn't come off as very classy at the dinner party.
Cat You may be a wonderful person, but what I have seen so far doesn't make me feel that way towards you. Freedom of speech can at times be a double edged sword. On one hand you have the right to your opinion, but on the other hand it isn't proper to offend people by speaking your mind. I believe many good people have some beliefs that aren't popular with the public.
I am a native North Carolinian and I was personally offended by your husband's comments about my home. The statement was ignorant and if your husband came to NC he wouldn't only hear banjos...he would hear dulcimers, guitars, violins, pianos, and drums also! North Carolina varies, from the coast to the mountains and so do the people here.
Deliverance was in Alabama, not North Carolina.
Cat Love your frankness and honesty, that is what is great about America you can speak your mind. I think I am gonna really like ya!
Thank you! I almost fell out of my chair when you popped the group-think PC bubble in Stacey's kitchen. There are many today who become uncomfortable when confronted by differing views, opinions, likes and dislikes, hearing such comments as personal attacks. Too bad because one can never have a lively, intelligent conversation with people who are afraid. It's boring and no one learns a thing. I enjoyed the "heck" out of it however and you, my dear, are a keeper. Welcome to the USA.
Be careful and watch what you say, it can come across as arrogant. Folks that play banjo's and live in NC aren't all that bad really. Ask them for help and see how fast they're there for you. I wish you luck in your new home.
Kat! Im proud of you for speaking your mind. Keep it real and always classy! I'm rooting for you :o)
I am a Tyra fan but I have to admit, she can be quite annoying at times. Obama has been disappointing too so I cant fault you there. I just think you came across as a stuck up Brit but that gives the show some spice too so, to each his own!
Welcome to reality TV! I didn't think you said anything wrong during the kitchen discussion, but you do come off a little conceited. If u want to continue to making friends, you may want to bring it down a notch.
A bumpy start to the show, in my opinion. Looking forward to hearing more things of substance from the cast.
Welcome to Housewives! I look forward to a great season! I really like you, you are my fave!! I think you are bold and beautiful :) You have the right to your personal opinions and I admire that you seem so open-minded. Honestly, you were refreshing and I don't care for Tyra Banks either :)
I thought Brits had better manners. Americans are known for saying what they think, when asked, once. Example, a simple, " I don't really care for her, how was she to work with?" was absolutly as far as that should have gone.
It's rude to be a guest in someone's home and start talking politics and insulting their other guests. But surely you know that, right?
Cat, your comments about Bush just offended more than half of the people in this country.
But I don't care so much. (Politics gets everyone I know in a bad mood, so I tend to stay away from it) I didn't think you were rude. There are plenty of other Housewives in this franchise who can be far more rude than THAT *cough* Teresa *cough* Jill *cough*
Cat, You are entitle to your opinion but please do not be surprise when you are not invited out. I would never tell a room full of Bush fans that I do not like Bush and then began to pick him apart.
Deliverance was film in Georgia... not Alabama. Banjo's make great music! Dearest Cat vivia la Great Britian!!! Love you for being yourself, honest and fun to watch. You are my favorite!
I thought you were great! I can't stand Tyra either. Keep up the honesty and don't give in to all this race-baiting nonsense.
Cat, you are my frontrunner for D.C. fav! I like people that speak their mind, even if I do like Tyra. I'm willing to bet that all the people calling you rude wouldn't have had a thing to say if you had stood on the counter and screamed F-Bush.
How is the dog that you had shipped back to Texas while your husband was out of town? Has he forgiven?
Well, I think this is what we get for mixing the already drama that comes along with any city of housewives but now in DC, during a very passionate time for politics and race relations. Let the season begin; it's going to be good!! By the way thank you for speaking your mind it was great!
I love it that you spoke your opinion without editing yourself and I admire your outspokeness and honesty.
DON'T CHANGE A THING!!!!
It is great to be opinionated, but you bordered on being rude. I thought Britons had more class than what you displayed in last night's episode.
Cat- you are the best! I love it when people say what they feel and don't hold it in. You were at a dinner party with your friends and there is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion, especially among friends! You also weren't talking politics like others were acusing you of- saying that you think one man is a better gentleman than the other is NOT a political discussion for cripes sake people! Americans are so whinny and touchy I can't believe it. Can't wait to see more of Cat on the show.
A rule to learn early on -- never discuss politics or religion at social gatherings......both are always explosive subjects, and sure to offend someone. This is especially true where alcohol is being served!!!
Eh, politics is the lifeblood of everybody living in DC. It's great that everyone is so passionate about it here, but sometimes it's exhausting. Watching this episode reminds me of that. And Lord help the woman who ever expresses any sympathy of any kind for a Republican in DC, haha.
I think it's insulting that people assuming that just because you had negative commentary about two individuals that happened to be African American, that you are somehow racist. I think the people that would assert this are woefully diminishing the VERY real issue of racism that exists EVERYWHERE. That being said... I don't have a problem with what you said about Tyra - although I do think it was really disrespectful to the man that just said he worked for Tyra. It was almost dissing him to his face. No problems with your feelings about Obama, but I think it's unwise to speak ill of your husband's boss/breadwinner on camera. He too serves at the pleasure of the President.
I know you Brits really have no "filter", so it really will be fun to see how you operate in a town that is filtered left and right, up and down, in and out. :) Best wishes from a fellow DMV resident.
From a Kat to a Cat,
I loved you on the show last night...everything from your accent to how you love the US to how you can separate politics from people! If only we could all do that...Keep on being you!
Its okay to have an opinion, but its more the way you said it that was not classy. Honesty does not equal clever or class. I don't think you were intended for what you said to have such an impact, but that can happen. Be more aware. I look forward to the rest of the season.
You already are my FAVORITE! Loved how you spoke your mind, doesn't matter what your opinions are, I just like a girl who is not afraid to be honest. Stop hiding under the couch, I know plenty of women who called me this morning to say that they absolutely love you!