World News – US – Southern Charm Recap: Statue, Restrictions


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You know what, ladies and (homosexual) men? It’s December 2020 and I’m tired. I’m tired of being stuck in my house, I’m tired of not being able to eat so much movie popcorn that I get bowel problems, I’m tired of not being able to plan a vacation because only Catholic Jesus knows if I am or not I can travel on the specified date. But mostly I’m tired of dealing with all the tragedies and outrages of this year not just once but twice: the first time I experience it and the second time I see it through the eyes and the life of reality TV-Yahoo experience that I have dedicated my life to chronicle.

This week we have the pleasure of seeing the Harridans at Southern Charm miserably deal with both COVID-19 (so named for the result of Craig’s IQ test) and the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a one-two combo that’s more vicious than Austen’s beer fart after a night of Instagram playing live at Craig’s Pillow Palace.

As for the coronavirus, production was suspended for almost three months between March and June. Madison stayed home baking bread with her son Hudson. Pringle took his hot dad to San Diego to be quarantined with his children. Shep let his girlfriend move in for a few months and « peered into the life of the white picket fence » and found that he didn’t hate it. Patricia went into quarantine with Whitney and her servant Michael, who had to dye their hair, both the curtains and the carpet. (I made this up, but imagine. ) Kathryn, well, she was hiding in her house in a racist vortex that she made herself. But we’ll get to that.

When the state of South Carolina reopened, production resumed and it appears the cast are non-masked and mostly filming group scenes outdoors, but otherwise generally being for their lives. Austen meets his mother, father, and sister for a drink on a rather bumpy terrace of a restaurant (with a packed cruise ship in the background). . Madison invites over her mother and sister from Greenville and they sit on the back porch having a drink. Both talk about one thing: how can you not tell the difference between Madison’s mother and sister?. Seriously, they look the same and about the same age. It turns out that Maddy is 10 years younger than her sister, which explains some of that.

What they’re really talking about is the deterioration of Madison and Austen’s romance. Madison says she started exercising every day, tried to lose weight, and worked to keep herself healthy and active. Austen, on the other hand, switched to Craig and became the human equivalent of a Nintendo Switch that was shorted out when a beer bong was spilled on it. This show is once again about beautiful, ambitious, motivated women and the men they are burdened with.

Madison talks about reopening her salon and getting her business going, and Austen talks about how all his beer spoils in a warehouse because it’s only served in kegs in bars and restaurants and not yet canned. Austen, pour the beer into the cans yourself! I thought you love cans? Didn’t Madison catch you with two cans last year? As Austen tells his family about the argument, his father says, « It sounds like you’re making fun of them, » and he’s right. Then his sister Katie, who lives in New York, says, so I already love her, “Maybe Madison is up to something here. « Austen is furious that she’s not defending him, but she speaks totally sensible. This woman has a child, a business, and a life. If Austen is not serious he has to get rid of hell.

We should be talking about coronavirus though, right? (Ugh, like we hadn’t hit the horse yet, um . . . Um, maybe I need another metaphor?) One of Madison’s problems is that Austen goes to bars with Craig, his new Natalie (who reminds me of this) and chills an even more annoying Landon) and all the other Randos she’s on the Pick up street. The actors also seem to all (albeit outdoors) to hang out with each other in close proximity and without masks. So is it no wonder that Austen tested positive for COVID by the end of the episode?

There’s a tense zoom on Madison. (One zoom! Like it was a meeting. Did this thing have a Google Calendar hint? Did they relax each other afterwards? Has anyone promised to « come back » « offline »?) He tells her he’s COVID positive, which means she probably has it too, a call that had such severe early HIV epidemic responses that it triggered a triggering alert should have carried. Madison is understandably angry. She believes Austen, who doesn’t take things seriously, put her and her son at risk. « How damn selfish, » she tells him. « I’ve closed my salon for months and I just reopened it and now it’s ruined. ”

« Your salon ?! » he screams back. “I could have got it from you as far as I know. You were in your salon. Oh no, Austen. This is not just the wrong bark and the wrong tree, but the completely wrong forest. Madison seems sensible enough to take precautions in her salon. (To be fair to Austen, we didn’t see them when they showed them off in the salon. ) Even the salon is work. Going to the bar with Craig when it can sexually satisfy Austen is no job. At least not when the cameras aren’t there. It is one thing to catch COVID if you are trying to do your job within the prescribed guidelines. It’s another thing to catch it so you can lose to a few shoals by the pool.

Madison hangs up Austen and says, « Oh, great. My first thought was that logging out of a Zoom call was awkward enough. You say, « Okay. bye. bye. See you later. Goodbye « while looking for the » exit meeting « button and then » yes, exit meeting « as if you were just pausing around the door waiting for it to open. If it’s so hard to walk normally, how hard is it to leave that door behind and slam it? Zoom needs a “Leave Meeting and Slam the Door” button that not only will sign you out immediately, but will also display an animated slamming door in your window so everyone else in the room will know you’re mad and upset.

We’re slamming the door on COVID now and we need to talk about BLM and Kathryn’s racism and how the riot broke out on the Ravenel Bridge and this whole thing was so obvious, so inevitable, that I myself want to plop in the middle of « Boundary St. . And don’t get up until all the cops are defused. Seriously. These people hang out on « plantations » and we didn’t think any of them could be more than a little racist.

In this episode the story is two-pronged and both prongs are from Kathryn as if she had a forked tongue. The first is that she argued with a black radio host on social media and called her a racist for saying “white”. Then she sent the monkey emoji to a black woman. Kathryn claims that she didn’t know it was offensive and that she sent the monkey because it made a stupid face like she would do. I mean, how did she not know? It was big news two years ago when Roseanne Barr was fired from a hit show that bears her name for making a joke about a black woman with the monkey emoji. As Leva says, “You really have to be ignorant to not know that the monkey emoji was inappropriate. ”

There is also some controversy surrounding a statue of John C in Charleston. . Calhoun, a former vice president whose Wikipedia entry includes the word « slavery » 65 times, including a sentence that reads « Calhoun claimed that slavery was not a » necessary evil « but a » positive good « that both slaves and slaves also benefited owners. « Calhoun is an ancestor of Kathryn and she has his last name as a middle name. The community rightly wants the statue to be dismantled, especially since it once served as a border that blacks in the city could not cross.

Both things come to a head during a demonstration at the monument. Leva invites Danni, Kathryn’s beast, who hasn’t spoken to her for months, to attend this ceremony, along with Other Madison, the owner (?) Of Gwynn, and Megan and Venita, two of Leva’s other color friends. We hear many strong arguments as to how offensive this statue is and why it should be dismantled. This part of the show was more of a PSA than a reality show. If some viewers are concerned about why we don’t have to glorify this part of our history, I don’t know what else will happen.

At brunch after the event, Other Madison, Leva and the rest of the group are particularly critical of Kathryn and how she deals with the setback in her emoji tirade. Ö. M.. . says Gwynn fired them as they should, adding, « She has been given an opportunity to speak up and go a different route and every step of the way has not taken it. « Leva, who Kathryn spoke to because she is probably Kathryn’s only friend of the color (as even Leva postulates), says when she asked Kathryn about the statue, she said, » Take it down. I do not care. It’s ugly. « Venita says she wishes she could know the feeling of turning her back on something because it doesn’t affect her.

Kathryn would say it was a joke, of course, but it really isn’t a funny one. It’s not really a joke because we all know that deep down she’s really serious. Kathryn could come back from it. She could have been the one who learned about the injuries her family had caused in the distant past at this demonstration. You could learn why this monkey emoji is bad and why not to use it. She could do the job of being a better person. But it is not. Instead, she sits on the floor of her living room moaning that she’s a victim because the people on Instagram were really mean to her. « Apparently I’m racist, » she says with a dismissive sigh.

As much as I loved these discussions and think they are important not only to be seen by the public, but also to be seen, it also got me thinking about how inappropriately the show’s response was. Who is at this demonstration? It’s Danni, who isn’t even a leading man, and Leva, who we met a few episodes ago, and some women of color they had to call to make the scene look better. Why wasn’t Shep there? Or Big Madison? Or Craig? Or Whitney? Or Patricia? I think I know the answer and you probably do too.

Then I am reminded of Roseanne. She was fired from a show by her name that was a huge hit. You can’t have Roseanne without Roseanne, can you? Well, ABC decided they could and fired them. Kathryn now has a job. Southern charm is still in the air. Roseanne got the ax and we got the B-Team to re-discuss these important topics so Bravo wouldn’t look so shabby.

I’m watching this group of smart, attractive women in color seated at a table, and I wonder why they’re not in the cast and Kathryn. Why can’t we do Venita full time? It turns out she has as much screen time this season as Thomas Ravenel, a convicted felon, and let’s just say he spends a lot of time on his « plantation ». « On this episode, we finally saw this nation go through a reckoning for how they deal with people of color, but Southern Charm has to respond with its own reckoning.

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