RHOP ~ Parents, Friends, & The Pursuit of a Responsible Medium

Okay, so I’m on a mission to try and find something “redemptive”, if you will, in the reality TV shows I watch and quite enjoy… Some think it’s a futile pursuit, but I’m trying to prove them wrong.

Tonight was a biggie for me because one of my current faves just premiered a new season… It’s one of the 90-Day Fiancé franchise ~ 90-Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After, and as excited as I am to recap that one and find something redemptive in the mass of messed-up relationships, I’ll save that for another post.

This post is all about the positive things I can pull out of this week’s RHOP.

Mama Drama

Ms. Ashley has really grown on me this season, I have to say, so I’m starting with her. Anyone who has ever felt the tug between Exodus 20:12 and Genesis 2:24 can totally relate to her struggle in this week’s episode (actually, this entire season, thus far… though from what we’re learning, from even waaaayyyy before this season).

Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. ~ Exodus 20:12

Okay… That’s part one of her dilemma…

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ~ Genesis 2:24

And that’s part two right there…

So what’s the happy medium between Ashley honoring her mother and leaving and cleaving to her hubby Michael?

  1. Would just saying “No” to mama mean that she’s dishonoring her mother and thus disqualify her from the promise attached to this commandment?
  2. Would continuing to support her mother financially interfere with her cleaving to her husband? Actually, we know it would because her husband Michael has made that very clear…

I applaud her for trying to help her mother by giving her what seemed to be a step-by-step plan to financial freedom but there’s only so much she can do…

Ms. Sheila has to actually “do the work” as Iyanla would say.

Oh Iyanla… Fix My Life! Yet another post for another day…

My advice to Ashley: Coach you mama… Save your marriage…

Friend-ships & “Concerns”

So apparently, “concern” is the new intro to throwing shade… Or outright insulting someone… Well, according to Monique and Candiace.

It goes a little something like this…

“I have a “concern” about XYZ doing ABC…”

Again, this involves Ms. Ashley and it revolves around her implying that she had a “concern” that Monique had a “little” drinking problem.

I’m in full agreement with Monique that casting aspersions like this could ruin someone’s credibility and business (if one had one), so expressing this type of “concern” on national TV is not something to be taken lightly.

Case in point: RHOA’s Phaedra Parks… Enough said.

A good reminder here is to bear in mind Matthew 12:36.

But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. ~ Matthew 12:36

Not only will lose lips sink ships… “Friend-ships” in this case, but you need to be able to defend, prove, and account for what you say or things could go south, and I don’t just mean with Monique… Again I say “Remember Phaedra Parks…”

Final Thoughts…

If the mysterious Michael is Karen’s “Assistant” then why, pray tell, did she have to go his office to see him during what seemed to be a scheduled meeting?

I mean… Who’s The Boss???

If I had an assistant, you can trust and believe that he or she would be working on and around MY schedule, not the other way around.

The mystery of who/what this Michael guy really is remains yet to be discovered, so until Bravo stops putting his title of Karen’s “Assistant” in air quotes, I’ll continue watching him with raised eyebrows…

Definitions Clarified

BMI (Body Mass Index) = a body calculation used to determine if a person is obese or underweight.

BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration or Content) = a measurement of alcohol intoxication, measure the level of alcohol in your blood

Just for your Candiace 😉


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