High Society: When Bigotry Is A Part Of Reality (TV)


After last week’s premiere, during which she made bigoted remarks, Jules Kirby claimed her lines were scripted (which producers denied). On last night’s episode, she berated a minority woman, telling her how things are done in “our country.”

After getting monogrammed bedding and towels* Jules was beyond rude to the hotel maid who was cleaning the room, slamming doors, telling the woman she was doing a “crappy job,” and criticizing her for not doing it fast enough. When the maid put one of Jules’ new monogrammed pillows on the bed upside down, Jules made sure to tell her that “In our country, we don’t spell upside down.” I’m interested to know which country Jules thinks does spell upside down.

After claiming last week that the show was scripted, one of the producers told Radar, “These statements were not scripted by, and are not condoned by, any member of the production.” In addition, the producers have leaked a racially-charged (and grammatically-challenged) email from Jules, supporting their stance, in which she wants to know the ethnicity and physical description of one member of the crew:

Is ————— black, Asian? Jewish? A lesbian? Muslim? Super ugly? The reason I ask is that these things would offend the person greeter if they were around friends and myself included on a regular basis. We say a lot of tings as I think censorship has never been inert in us. Will you send me a photo along with stats please?

In another truly bizarre segment last night, Tinsley traveled to Paris, where she met up with her boyfriend, the German Prince Casimir. While filming a stroll through the city, Casimir broke the fourth wall and complained that he didn’t like certain camera angles, and that he was thrown of guard by something that Tinsley said (essentially that she missed him), because he hadn’t discussed it with her prior to filming. While he was yelling at the camera people and producers to re-shoot the scene, Tinsley told him, “Well, reality isn’t discussed. What do you expect?” This remark would also further contradict Jules’ claim that the show is scripted.

And if it wasn’t bad enough that Jules metaphorically showed her ass, she literally exhibited it. Going to a bar on the Lower East Side—where she says she occasionally enjoys hanging out with “poor guys”—she played a game of beer pong, which, for some reason, involved her mooning her friends after she lost a round. If you ask me, that’s what should happen if her opponents lose a round.

As though it weren’t already obvious—from her previous bigoted statements—that she’s out of touch with reality, Jules claimed that people on the Lower East Side are “poor,” don’t wear high heels to bars, and “don’t have jobs.” Actually, if people who live on the LES don’t have jobs, it’s because they’re “trust fund partiers” like Jules. And having personally spent way too much of my time at LES bars in my past, I can say that one would be hard-pressed to find a woman who was not wearing heels, or at the very least, trendy flats. It’s not exactly a honky-tonk part of town there. In fact, there are very few areas of NYC that aren’t in some way gentrified, or well on their way.

The one bright spot of the show is Tinsley’s mother Dale. She’s a bit ridiculous like the rest of the cast, but in a way that’s kind of enjoyable in its unintentional hilarity, rather than cringe-y. She desperately wants Tinsley to reconcile with her ex-husband Topper, and during Tinsley’s “welcome back to the single life brunch” she held up a wedding picture of the two, in hopes of sparking something in her daughter. However, because Topper hasn’t agreed to have his image used on the show, the photo was pixelated, making it look more like a seedy porno still, than a touching memory of eternal love.

In the previews for next week’s episode, we saw Tinsley and her mother get into an argument at some kind of black-tie event, causing Dale to dry her tears with the bottom of her evening gown.

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