Lately we’ve been covering a lot of two subjects – The Real Housewives of Wherever and schoolyard bullying. It occurred to me while I was watching the housewives gather to discuss the saga of Michael Salahi behind her back that the ladies of DC are just a bunch of grown-up bullies.
The first season of The Real Housewives of DC brought together a group of powerful and prominent Washington insiders. Among them was one housewive who from the very first episode was weaker and more needy than the others. From the start, the housewives targeted Michaele Salahi to bad-mouth her behind her back and to blast her insecurities to her face.
Now I admit I’m not Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s biggest fans, but the real houswieves were quick to identify Michaele’s weaknesses and slowly picked her to pieces throughout the season. While Michaele was declaring her ‘love’ for everyone to the cameras… Mary and Lynda were over in the corner mocking her every move.
Michaele may have summed up their behavior best in her BravoTV blog writing, “My husband and I have been made into punching bags and punch lines. Some funny (Saturday Night Live — brilliant, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman), some not ( you know who you are). I was especially surprised and shocked at the bullying behavior of my fellow cast members after our attendance to the White House and my MS revelation as of late. I am very hurt for the pain they wished upon me.”
It may be time for the grownups to remember the schoolyard rules we’re all trying to instill in our children – always play nice and watch what you say as your words can come back to haunt you.