The ‘Real Housewives’ has a long history of homophobia and transphobia

March 9, 2018

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After recent seasons of the Housewives franchise aired what some saw as anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, Mic took a dive into Housewives history.

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The various shows have a lengthy past of problematic LGBTQ moments that have largely been ignored by Bravo in the name of entertainment.

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Real Housewives of Orange County

During season 12, rumors began swirling among cast members regarding the sexual orientation of Tamra Judge’s husband, Eddie.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta

Season 10 saw Kenya Moore go off on a venomous transphobic rant against fellow cast member Kim Zolciak-Biermann.

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Why do you have such a hard-on for me? Didn’t they cut it off during your reassignment surgery?

— Kenya Moore

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Real Housewives of New Jersey

In season two, Danny, friend of Danielle Staub, called then-NJ housewife Caroline Manzo’s straight son a homophobic slur, creating a rift among cast members.

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Real Housewives of Dallas

During season two, LeeAnne Locken suggested that Cary Deuber’s husband, Marc Deuber, gets serviced by other men at the Round-Up Saloon.

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

During season five, Kyle Richards and fellow housewife Lisa Rinna referred to the gay men in their lives as “my gays,” setting off some backlash online.

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These controversies raise a question: Should television networks be held accountable for airing derogatory language and storylines?

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Transphobic and homophobic statements amplified on a prominent platform only reinforce the misconceptions that society already carries about LGBTQ people.

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