DRAMA! Real Housewives of Potomac Ladies in Big Trouble With Elite Jack and Jill Organization

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The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres Sunday night, kicking off another franchise of Bravo hijinks. 

Most viewers will probably see the show as just another pool of manufactured drama, however last summer, controversy swirled around the latest addition to the Housewives series. 

The reality show promises to follow six local African American women, navigating the “cattiness” of  Jack and Jill, an elite membership organization founded by a group of Philadelphia mothers in 1938. The organization defines itself as “a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.”


Last June, the national board caught wind of the Bravo stink, and it’s president sent am email out to their members, with concerns about the organization being dragged into the land of reality gossip. Tammy King, a senior vice president at Sotheby’s International Realty Group and an owner of several Wendy’s franchises, wrote about her worry that the nature of the show “shines a negative light on our iconic organization.” She wrote, 

“As a result of these recent activities, we think that it is important to review our stated code because as mothers, we all agreed to abide by these rules as a condition of our membership.”

The series filmed in Bethesda, and on Capitol Hill. Members of the highlighted group are expected to publicly conduct themselves in a way “that reflects the high moral and ethical character of Jack and Jill mothers” by “exercising good manners, avoiding derogatory, demeaning and insulting remarks, and keeping confidences and maintaining confidentiality.”


This e-alarm went off last summer, and it remains unclear as to whether the network or the budding reality stars, all members of the two Maryland chapters, heeded the written warning. It is safe to assume that many members within the organization are nervous about their reputation being viewed through the lens of Bravo reality. 

The Real Housewives of Potomac premiers Sunday, January 17th.    


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