The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ladies had a dinner party explosion on the topic of now-Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary hearings that happened in September 2018. He had been accused by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault before his confirmation, and we all saw the hearing play out on TV.
For some reason, Camille Grammer decided to weigh in on the topic, and took a side opposite than the rest of the table's views. Kyle Richards advised way too late that it's best we not talk politics over dinner. "My mom always taught me that," she explained. "You don't have conversations about sex, religion, or politics at a dinner table, so I knew it would be a fight immediately."
Camille went on to say the Kavanaugh hearing was a "he said, she said," and added she knows what it's like to be "wrongfully accused" in front of the world for "lies."
She later added that she felt like Kavanaugh, alleging her ex-husband leaked tabloid stories about her, making her look like a villain. It affected her as a mother, she says, and had a negative effect on her kids. (Watch for yourself in the After Show clip above.)
Similar to the college admissions scandal. When your parents are famous or wealthy, kids often get dragged into the limelight, and Camille is at least right about the part about having sympathy for them. BBC reports that not all the kids involved in the college scandal knew, and the ones who did, did not know the extent of what their parents did. While Camille may be off about why survivors of abuse can surface many years later, the part about having empathy for anyone's kids whose parents are caught up in a scandal is right. Especially if the parents committed a crime.
One study reports, "The children of criminal parents are more than twice as likely to exhibit criminal behavior themselves." The journal Aggression and Violent Behavior published the results, saying, "The research revealed that children of criminal parents had a 2.4 times higher chance of falling into crime than children without criminal parents. After the figures had been screened for other factors – such as socioeconomic status, family size, teenage parenthood, conflict with parents, level of education enjoyed, and child abuse – the chance that children with criminal parents break the law was still 1.8 times higher."
It's not only children of parents who break the law who didn't ask for this. It's the offspring of famous parents, too. The Independent, like Camille, says we need to try to understand they didn't ask for the spotlight, but get it anyway, often with negative results. "Legions of celebrities have seen their kids waste a pampered upbringing and mess up in their adult lives, once-off or repeatedly," says the report.
For starters, their parents get much more attention and affirmation from others than them. Also, the parents are often very busy so the children don't get as much attention from them as they should. They're under high expectations to succeed, and have an unusual view of success themselves: being popular, well-liked, attractive.
"They also have more money and all the trappings that come with that: access to more resources, people willing to get things for them, like drugs. They get bored more easily and need to continue the 'high'. And they live in a world of indiscriminate sex, unsure of whether the person really likes them or is just attracted by the name. They find it harder to trust people. "They have to be precocious growing up. They don't have the luxury of making mistakes in private, or learning about life and relationships. People want something from them all the time. And they get tired of the constant references to their parents. They are privileged but may not feel lucky."
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