Is Bethenny Frankel A Redeemable Housewife Or Has She Entered Jill Zarin Territory? #RHONY

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Bethenny Frankel is patting herself on the back this week for being right about Dorinda Medley’s boozy, rude boyfriend, John. Congratulations, Bethenny, you win.

As you know, I have a soft spot in my heart for the originals (even Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps) because I remember those first years so fondly, but I’m not blind to their faults. Their many, many faults. Last season on the Real Housewives of New York, Yummy Mummy Heather called it out. Bethenny is a know it all. She’s spent years in therapy, but that doesn’t make her a therapist. She’s a successful entrepreneur, but that doesn’t make her Warren Buffet. However, she thinks it does.

I see Bethenny as an emotionally fragile, vulnerable woman who spackles over insecurities with bravado. If she’s the smartest, funniest, most knowledgeable woman in the room, she can hide her insecurities with that brazen, in-your-face-attitude. But I see you, B. I see you.

Marriage, motherhood, and success haven’t softened her. I think all the hardships that came with those milestones have hardened her further. Take her birthday for instance. In years past, she broke down and showed us that wounded child she still carries around inside of her (she shares the day with her mother). But this year, B. has her brass balls firmly in place. For a woman who detests her birthday, she still manages to let us know this is her day, and bitches better respect it.

“Well, happy birthday to myself. And Jules, thanks for calling us “elderly.” It’s just what a woman wants to hear on her birthday.”

When John blundered into the party, clearly altered in some way, Bethenny couldn’t wait to gloat, but she did it under the guise of concern. “Poor, deluded Dorinda and her effed up boyfriend. She deserves so much better.” On the contrary, Bethenny was happy to be proven right, because it validated her somehow.

“I mean that was pure insanity. Need I explain it? I think it spoke for itself. I call ‘em like I see ‘em. I grew up in a crazy world, and let’s just say I get a sense about these things. I really am speechless. I feel badly for Dorinda for a multitude of reasons.”

While Bethenny maintains that all this vitriol is about John, it’s not. It’s about her future ex-husband, Jason. All this anger, this defensiveness—this is about her, not Dorinda.

“But, to be clear, if what I said to Dorinda brought out that beast, then I am glad. It vindicated us for our sixth sense. Honestly, I have no words. Just trust me when I say it keeps getting better, and next week is challenging for me.”

I heard you guys last week. The dislike is real, and I get it. But I still feel something for my girl, even when she’s at her most abrasive. So what do you think? Is Bethenny a redeemable ‘Housewife’ or has she entered Jill Zarin territory?


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