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The Real (Bankrupt) Housewives

A lighthearted, end of the year recap of their collective financial flameouts

Jezebel just ran this comprehensive list of all of the Housewives who've filed for bankruptcy. So it's official; that makes...everyone? Yep, everyone. Here's the deal: I totally enjoy a good Real Housewives marathon (though even I couldn't bring myself to give a crap about the DC season). But at this point, I think I've watched enough toddler birthday parties that cost more than my house. These days, I tend to skip through those parts (confession, I watch TV only online) because they make me so squirmy. I mean, it's just so obvious that these people are putting on airs for the producers and that they can't afford the lifestyles they are pretending to live. Listen, the Theresa Giudices of the world will always make me nauseous. But I'll admit that I kind of feel for some of these girls. For example, Lynne, from the OC season, is someone who can't even pay a single month's rent. Nor does she seem like she could, say, safely operate a motor vehicle or like, read. And yet, cameras follow (and no doubt encourage) her to do things like get a complete facelift, which likely costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for personal responsibility. But I'm thinking that at some point one of these wives is going to turn around and sue the executive producers for encouraging her to act against her best interests. I dunno. Maybe I'm being WAY too easy on these ladies on account of the holiday spirit? What do you think?

-- Holly

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