The Stars of “Real Housewives of Dallas” Have Split The Internet Into Two Camps Following a Drama-Filled Episode That Ended in a Xenophobic Rant

We’d be lying to ourselves if we didn’t admit that we love to indulge in some good, old-fashioned reality TV drama just as much as the next person. Luckily for us, Wednesday’s episode of Real Housewives of Dallas offered us just that. And this time, the drama centered around RHOD’s primadonna LeeAnne Locken and RHOD’s first cast member of Mexican descent, Kary Brittingham. 

For those of you who don’t know, Brittingham is a wealthy Dallas socialite who moved to Dallas from Guadalajara at the age of 16. She is married to Eduardo Brittingham, a Mexican-American millionaire, and entrepreneur who founded a company called Tu Familia, a “social media engagement app platform which connects and empowers Latino communities globally”. 

Episode 12 of Season Four saw the ladies taking an impromptu trip to Thailand. The trip was meant to be a relaxing learning experience for everyone, but of course, nothing can ever be relaxing in the Real Housewives world. Locken and Brittingham immediately began to butt heads over arbitrary tourism “rules” of Thailand–specifically, the expectation that visitors take off their hats when entering a Buddhist temple. 

The drama reached another level, however when Brittingham and fellow cast member D’Andra Simmons went out of their way to publicly mock Locken’s business venture, her L’Infinity dress.

For those of you who aren’t aware, last season, Locken debuted a dress she designed that she was incredibly proud of, the L’Infinity dress, which, according to her, could be worn in 175 different ways. Sensing a potentially hilarious opportunity, Simmons brought the dress with her to Thailand in order to wear to dinner. When Brittingham and Simmons arrived at dinner, they claimed that their tardiness was due to how much they struggled with putting the dress on. 

“We had a little wardrobe malfunction. This is all coming apart,” Simmons said while sitting down. While at first, her ensemble was met with exclamations of “How cute!” and “That dress looks gorgeous on you!” from the rest of the cast members, the mood quickly changed as the women began to realize that Simmons wasn’t wearing it from a place of support. Brittingham piled on with the criticism, adding selling the dress with “an instruction booklet…with pictures” would be “super helpful”.

While Locken first tried to brush off the teasing, she soon snapped, leaving the dinner table in tears. 

While being privately interviewed, later on, Locken explained the origins of her frustration: “If it’s a ‘joke’, you come down, you make it, you move on,” she said. “If you keep going because you haven’t gotten a reaction from me, it’s because you did it to get a reaction from me”. Indeed, it wasn’t only Locken who were a bit turned off by the ladies’ incessant teasing. “There’s a difference between a joke and a joke at someone’s expense”, Stephanie Hollman said later. “What they’re doing is, it’s a joke and LeeAnne’s a punchline, and that’s not cool.”

To make matters worse, the entire fiasco culminated in LeeAnne totally losing it and verbally attacking Brittingham due to her Mexican heritage. As part of the episode’s conclusion, as well as the preview for the next episode, we see Locken venting her frustration to Hollman, saying that Brittingham doesn’t “have the balls to be courageous” and admit that wearing the dress was coming from a place of malice. Talking about it, Locken becomes visibly more and more enraged, hitting herself in the face and saying, “C’mon Mexican, I thought you were all Mexican and strong. F*** that b****. You ain’t survive s***. And I’m tired of it”.

After Wednesday’s episode fans of RHOD were firmly divided into two camps: those of Locken’s side and those on Brittingham and Simmons’ side.

Others believed that Locken couldn’t justify why came off as a pretty racist rant at the end of the episode.

Some people couldn’t get past what they saw as Locken’s pretty racist rant at the end of the episode.

Others truly believed Brittingham and Simmons went too far and crossed the line into “bullying” territory. 

It’s interesting how starkly different people feel about the same situation.

This person called out Locken for her, frankly, xenophobic behavior:

Making fun of Brittingham’s perfectly understandable English is icky.

And this person seemed personally aggrieved at Brittingham and Simmons’ “prank”.

As for us, we believe all of the women involved could benefit from an intense session or two of therapy. 

A Florida Politician Verbally Assaulted A Group Of Latinos But They Recorded The Incident

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A Florida Politician Verbally Assaulted A Group Of Latinos But They Recorded The Incident

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Late last month, a teenage Puerto Rican tennis player was accosted by local politician Martin Hyde at a tennis club in Sarasota, Florida. The tennis player captured the incident on video, which was later posted to social media by Puerto Rican attorney Alvin Couto de Jesus, who had originally gotten the video from the athlete’s uncle, Javier Irizarry.

In the video, Hyde is seated, speaking tersely with the athlete and his peers, before following them as they begin to leave the premises.

According to Irizarry, his 15-year-old nephew was invited to play in the Casely International Tennis Championship, which was hosted last week by Bath & Racquet Club at the Celsius Tennis Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The athlete was practicing for the tournament when, allegedly, Hyde approached him and his friends in an aggressive manner, instructing them to “cut grass” and “get out.” The video’s audio begins with Hyde telling one of the players to “keep [your] mouth shut.” The tennis player and his peers rebuke Hyde’s confrontation, calling him out for making racist comments and demanding that they leave.

“You’re telling me to cut grass because I’m Hispanic,” says one of the players. “That’s racism, man. How can you say something like that?”

The players continue to draw attention to Hyde’s racist comments before turning to leave the scene. Hyde gets up from his seat and follows them, crying, “Out! Out!” all the while.

Before leaving the Tennis Academy, the teens report the incident to Academy staff. Meanwhile, Hyde interrupts and tries to invalidate their story, accusing them of being disruptive and intoxicated.

“I don’t know what drugs they’re on,” he says, insisting that he is a “member of the club” and that he wants the teenagers to leave. The athletes repeat his comment about “cutting grass,” and while some of Hyde’s speech is muffled, his response to the teen is clear as day: “Yes,” he says. “So what?” When a staff member engages in an attempt to solve the conflict, Hyde encourages her to “throw them out,” eventually telling the teens to “shut up” before abruptly walking away.

Latino Rebels reported the story and shared the video on Friday. It has since circulated widely on social media, and as a result, Sarasota’s Bath & Racquet Club has banned Hyde from its premises.

“We have kids from all over the world, Central America, Latin America, who play here and compete to get scholarships for college,” Cary Cohenour, the director of Celsius Tennis Academy, which leases courts to the club, told NBC News. “The whole incident was out of control and though Celsius wasn’t involved, we want people to know that we denounce racism here.”

An active candidate for the District 2 Sarasota City Commission, Hyde planned to quit the race after news of the incident spread. However, he’s since announced that he may continue running. And in spite of the video evidence, Hyde adamantly denies making racist comments to the Puerto Rican tennis players, though he does admit that he acted inappropriately.

“I was rude and I regret that. It was a long day and my kids were being disturbed while they were having their lesson, because the boys were being loud,” Hyde said. “But I simply didn’t say those things, and that’s why they’re not in the video.”

Hyde also denies allegations—made by Twitter user @sergiodilan101, who Latino Rebels have identified as Irizarry’s nephew—that Hyde offered him $50,000 in exchange for the video.

In this Twitter thread, @sergiodilan101 recounts the story in great detail, expressing that before this incident, he and his compañero had never felt so “upset, frustrated, uncomfortable, and sad.” He encourages all Latinos to stand together and support each other in situations like this, and he has received an abundant outpouring of support and affirmation, both from people online, political figures, and family.

“We had a long talk about reality and I explained to him that this guy represents a really small minority and that his behavior wasn’t normal,” Irizarry told NBC News. “I hope by sharing the video we can prevent something like this from happening again.”

Additionally,  Peter Vivaldi, a former Republican candidate for the Florida state Senate—who is also of Puerto Rican descent—responded to the video by saying that “if you’re a public figure . . . you run for everybody, you represent everybody.”

He added, “This is not what we want to represent any party and less do we want that in the state of Florida, where we’re talking about Puerto Ricans that are American citizens. We need to make sure if you’re Republican or Democrat, if you’re saying things that are not appropriate, we need to call you out.”

Dominican-American Model With Muscular Dystrophy, Jillian Mercado Reveals Acting Debut On ‘L Word’ Sequel Series


Dominican-American Model With Muscular Dystrophy, Jillian Mercado Reveals Acting Debut On ‘L Word’ Sequel Series

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Dominican-American fashion model Jillian Mercado has made quite a name for herself in the world of fashion. The disabled model has worked to challenge traditional beauty ideals in the fashion industry while also pushing back against the misrepresentation and stigmas of people with disabilities in the world of fashion as well. In 2014, she shot to prominence when she first appeared as a model for the designer jean brand Diesel and then once again when she landed a modeling contracting with IMG in 2015. Since then she’s appeared in various campaigns for clothing stores like Nordstrom, Target and modeled for photographers like Michael Avedon and Beyonce. 

The Dominicana’s latest move appears to be one as an actor shaking up the world of the upcoming drama series “The L Word: Generation Q” the sequel series to Showtime’s iconic hit “The L Word.”

For her television debut, Mercado is set to play an immigration attorney on the series.

In the continuing series of “The L Word: Generation Q,” the familiar faces of the original early 2000s series return alongside new ones who navigate love and relationships in Los Angeles. For her part, Mercado will play Maribel Suarez, an immigration attorney who is very close to her older sister Sophie, played by Rosanny Zayas. Sophie is a TV producer and Mercado’s part as Maribel will be recurring. 

The L Word: Generation Q”  will pick up 10 years from where the series left off in.

In a post to her Instagram, Mercado celebrated the announcement of her role describing what an important moment it is for the disabled community.

“I can’t even begin to explain how I feel like right now. Honestly where do I even begin?!?!? That’s right I’m making my first debut as an actor on the hit television show @sho_thelword which is making a come back next Sunday, December 8th!!!” Mercado wrote on her Instagram page. “I am absolutely crying right now so just give me a second to compose myself and I’ll be back to explain why this is so important and why the world needs to understand that representation is the key to our survival. AHHH!!!!!!!!!!”

Weeks ago, Mercado shared news with her fans that she had auditioned for the L Word. 

In a video posted to her Instagram, Mercado can be seen nervous and excited saying “I just did my first ever audition! …look how nervous I am like breaking out…for THE L WORD!! Ahhh!!…”⁣

Then in a follow up video, Mercado told fans that she received the most incredible news today and she cried at least five times throughout the day when she received it.  “f I just wanna burst in the air and fly because of the energy or how much energy you have just for a simple news but this specific news is really so life-changing and historic and today I was just told that I got a roll on a TV show and I don’t even know how to react right now because I really never thought that I was going to be a public figure for any in any capacity and here I am being a model in doing that as you know is amazing and it means more than just being a model to me and now I get to expand that message of representation and how people with disabilities deserve to be heard and we can’t tell our stories without us in the conversation and that always been important to me and today I found out that I’m going to elevate the conversation on television and I am Maribel on The L word word!!” Mercado explained. “I am going to be in your TV screens very very soon and I’m very excited and I’m very thankful and I am thankful for everyone who has joined me on this fight to be represented in the right way and I am so thankful to everybody that is currently in my life or just push me to be the best person and you know allowing me to be myself and authenticity is so important to me and is vital to my life and I love you all!!”

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.

Mercado’s role on the series is a definite win for the Latinx and disabled community. 

The model and now actress was born with muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.