(October 29, 2011) – It’s nothing short of amazing what you discover when strolling around the internet, while trying to cope with insomnia. Last night, or more accurately very early this morning, we stumbled upon a message from none other than Kim Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who almost never tweets, and as far as we can recall has rarely published a blog post. So imagine our surprise when we found this on our Twitter timeline:
It’s fascinating to read Kim’s words for many reasons. First because she is admitting here that she has “struggled in the past with certain vices” and that she has “discussed openly (her) issues with alcohol.” Really? We never knew she’d ever said a word about drugs or alcohol except when she played Ruthie on the sitcom Hello Larry. We wonder where that open discussion occurred. But good for her. We want Kim to be healthy and happy. We are literally thrilled to read her words that, “sobriety is a lifetime process, a process that is a priority in my life right now.” We wish her nothing but the best in her continuing recovery.
Second, Kim is admitting here that she was using drugs during Game Night. She is telling us here that she and her doctor were experimenting with anxiety and panic disorder medications and that the particular batch she was prescribed made her feel “groggy” during that fateful night.
But what is with her continuing to blame Brandi Glanville? These Richards Sisters seem to prefer a one way street, when it comes to judging behavior.
Kim says here she was only joking when she said she didn’t want Brandi on her team. She explains it was ha-ha moment in the spirit of innocent sibling banter. And Kim now recognizes she was wrong to do that. “It’s my fault for not making it obvious to Brandy that I was joking,” Kim wrote, “and for that I apologize.” Trust us, we would have been insulted in exactly the same way Brandi was because the comment is not remotely funny. It’s stone cold rude. But we do believe Kim is telling the truth here and we think that truth is very revealing. Kim is telling us that she and her sister think it is funny to be rude to people. There is no other way to interpret her statement.
Clearly Kim wants a preferred status when it comes to judgments. She wants Brandi (and the viewers) to forgive her rude dismissive behavior, wrapped in an insider’s joke, while she wants Brandi to be shackled with the responsibility of protecting Kim’s children, who “have been devastated by her cruel words… my children and their friends and families watch this show as well.”
What if Brandi had said she was just joking when she accused Kim of using crystal meth? Would that make it all okay? C’mon Kim, wouldn’t that be an hysterically funny joke?
Yes, Kim admits she was “no angel that night.” But only because she is “embarrassed that I fed into the negativity” Really? Does Kim recognize that she seemed to create the negativity by appearing on camera and saying that she did not like Brandi before she even knew her? Did Bravos’s editors get that wrong? Or was the cruelty toward Brandi just an insider joke that she and Kyle use to bond? Word to the wise, Kim: insider “jokes” in a group with strangers are always rude.
All we can say for sure is that if Kim was just “joking,” as she claims above, it’s not funny. And what Kim and Kyle did to Brandi during Game Night and also Spa Day is nothing to laugh about. But ultimately Kim has to accept that she cannot simultaneously be immune from judgment and on the attack. We get it that she has issues and needs to be treated with extreme kindness. That’s not too much to ask at all. But she cannot be protected or forgiven for her bad sense of humor, if she is actively hurting others.