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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. 

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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Oscar Isaac Will Be Marvel’s First Live-Action Latino Superhero on Disney Plus

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On Monday, it was announced that Oscar Isaac was cast in the new Disney+ Marvel TV series “Moon Knight”. According to Variety, “Moon Knight” will tell the story of “an elite soldier and mercenary who decides to fight crime after he becomes the human avatar of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon.”

The news is exciting because it marks the Guatemalan-American actor’s first lead on a TV series and Marvel’s first live-action Latino superhero. In a time when seeing Latinos on TV is rare, this announcement gives us hope that Hollywood is becoming more open to hiring Latinx talent. It is also exciting because this isn’t the first time that Disney+ has hired a Latino actor to spearhead one of its blockbuster shows.

The streaming giant also hired Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal to be the lead of its extremely successful Star Wars spinoff series “The Mandalorian,” which will be premiering its second season on October 30th. “The Mandalorian” follows a story of a mysterious space bounty hunter who goes on the run with a “child” (i.e. Baby Yoda) he was hired to track down and return to his client.

“The Mandalorian” was a commercial and critical darling. Experts believed it helped launch Disney+ into the competitive streaming market. Experts believe the show was one of the reasons Disney+ amassed 26.5 million subscribers in its first six weeks.

And as Variety so astutely noted, since there will be no new Star Wars movies until at least 2023, Pascal is the current and only face of the Star Wars franchise. The burden is heavy, but Pascal bears it well. And his excellence in the role is further proof that Latinos can and should be starring in more TV shows.

The hiring of Isaac and Pascal as the leads of their two major shows makes Disney+ strides ahead of other networks who won’t take a chance on Latinx talent. The failure of Hollywood to give Latinos a seat at the table has been a hot-button issue of late, with the problem culminating recently in an open letter that 270 Latinx writers recently penned condemning the entertainment industry. The letter noted that Latinos make up 18.3% of the U.S. population, but only 8.7% of TV writers.

The move to cast Isaac after the success of Pascal in “The Mandalorian” might not be coincidental. The two men are famously close and have been best friends for years after meeting in an off-Broadway play at the beginning of their careers. Isaac has been candid about that time in their lives and in the industry at large, telling Variety that back then it was “so easy to be pigeonholed in very specific roles because we’re Latinos.”

“The dream was to be able to pay rent,” Isaac continued. “There wasn’t a strategy. We were just struggling. It was talking about how to do this thing that we both love but seems kind of insurmountable.” The two actors have been friends rather than competitors in a cutthroat industry, so much so that Isaac convinced Pascal to audition for “The Mandalorian” in the first place, as he told Wired.

It’s worth giving Disney+ credit where credit is due. While people like to discount TV shows and movies as if they don’t make a difference, the truth is, it is so fulfilling to see someone who looks like you reflected back to you through your TV screen. Representation matters.

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry continues to shed his upper crust image by tackling important social issues head-on. On Monday, the Duke of Sussex sat down with UK Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson for a conversation with GQ. In the conversation, Prince Harry admitted that he “had no idea” unconscious bias existed before he experienced it firsthand through the treatment of his wife, Meghan Markle.

The GQ conversation focused on hot-button topics like structural racism, unconscious bias, and the responsibility of white people to educate themselves on the aforementioned topics.

Prince Harry started the conversation of by commending Hutchinson for his activist worth and adding that there’s still “lots of work to do” when it comes to dismantling racism worldwide. The conversation turned personal when the two began to discuss unconscious bias, with Hutchinson broaching the subject.

“There are a lot of people who either don’t think that [racism] exists or they don’t want change and they’re fighting against it. And I don’t know what these people are afraid of,” said Hutchinson.

Prince Harry became personal, revealing that his background as the literal Prince of England had made him ignorant to the widespread nature of racism before.

“Unconscious bias… having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.” He then admitted: “Sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it [existed], especially then living a day or a week in my wife [Meghan]’s shoes.”

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started dating in 2016, Markle has been on the receiving end of vicious media attacks–many of them fueled by racism.

At the time, Prince Harry condemned the British press for their treatment of Markle. He released a statement decrying the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls” that Markle has to deal with. Recently, Meghan spoke about the hate her and Harry receive for being in an interracial marriage.

Prince Harry described unconscious bias to Hutchinson as largely beyond people’s control, but worth addressing once you’re aware of it. “No one’s blaming anybody,” Prince Harry said.

“You can’t really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias. But once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on the receiving end of criticism for their vocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their video campaigns urging people to vote in the upcoming election.

About dismantling structural racism, Prince Harry said, “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

He continued: “This isn’t black versus white…This is a global movement. The train has left the station. If you’re not on it now, then get on it because there’s so much that we can do.”

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