A recent article had come out in our local newspaper, The Miami Herald, which was rather insulting and had been eating away at me for a few weeks. The article painted a disrespectful and insulting picture of the hard working women in our cast, and quite frankly the entire Housewives franchise.
As a result of this article, you may have noticed a lack of patience on my part towards Karent and her recent social blunders. No, I am not jumping on the band wagon to beat up on Karent, because quite frankly, I do not dislike her. I did however think this article was inappropriate, insulting, and could have been completely avoided.
I arrived at Lisa’s lingerie fundraising event quite happy to be there. I think Lisa did a great job, and I see many philanthropic strides in her future. I had not been at the event more than three minutes and was barely clinging to my cocktail when Karent swoops in to tell me that my attire is not acceptable to Joanna’s liking. Really? I mean, I barely know Karent. We have exchanged a few hellos and glances up until this point. In fact, she hardly knew any of us. Furthermore, if Joanna was so upset, she could have very easily come up to me and we would have discussed it, which we eventually did later that evening.
This welcome to the party "greeting" by Karent irritated me tremendously; and as we saw in this episode, it clearly set the tone for the disaster that became the rest of the evening. While no one really wants to attack or shift the blame to anyone specifically, we also cannot ignore the fact that Karent was somehow connected to the unfortunate events that followed.I decided to chat a bit with Lea and Joe, who noticed Joanna and proceeded to tell a story about how they had met years back. The story was a bit unsavory and definitely not one to be repeated. Karent asked if he had a similar meeting/encounter with Joanna’s sister, Marta, and it was all downhill from there. Not only was it inappropriate to ask someone if they "had slept with both of them," but to drag Joe over to Joanna to repeat the story in front of her fiancé was beyond reckless. Everyone knows that Joanna and Romain were already having problems in their relationship. This was fuel to the fire, not to mention that it put Romain at risk of a physical altercation.
So not only was I being warned of impending doom because of my clothing choice, but now Joanna was crying, Joe was irritated, and Romain was in disbelief and trying to hold himself together. This created a domino effect of anger that carried through the entire evening; and as you will see, it escalated far beyond anything I have ever witnessed in my entire life.