September 4th, 2009
11:23 AM ET
Thursday night's "Housewives" episode had me wondering why, even though I, too, live in Atlanta, I had no idea that alter-ego photo shoots are apparently all the rage.
NeNe appointed herself art director as the ladies posed as two different personalities. I am still trying to figure out what made her think she could go all Tyra Banks and dictate who portrayed what.
I loved Lisa as the good girl/bad girl, and Sheree as the robber/victim who is after the "seven figures" turned out well in my opinion. My "mucho kudos award" goes to Khandi for choosing the drunk driver/pedestrian to make a statement after an accident that injured her relatives - and Kim for refusing to be painted up as a black girl.
Khandi's sorrow over the accident and Sheree's genuine concern was the most touching moment I can ever recall on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." It allowed viewers some actual "reality" in a reality television world that has provided less and less.
And as amusing as the black Kim/white Kim photo shoot might have become, there is no way Ms. Kim could have come out of that without being slammed by viewers as, at best, ignorant for going there, and at worst a racist bringing back the minstrel look.
I found it interesting that NeNe criticized Kim for not stretching by choosing a housewife/mistress theme when Ms. NeNe looked quite comfortable on the pole portraying a stripper.
We won't even discuss the drinking game one could start every time Dwight refers to someone's "melons."
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