Thursday, August 18, 2011

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2

The recent suicide of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast members husband puts into serious question the show and the franchise. Russell Armstrong was found dead earlier this week the victim of an apparent suicide. This comes only weeks from the premiere of the second season which was allegedly focused heavily on his estrangement and divorce from cast member Taylor Armstrong. This calls into serious question the invasion of privacy this show commits.
As an avid housewifaholic I have seen every episode of "Beverly Hills" and loved every second of the first season. Possibly the most cringe-worthy moments came from the relationship between Taylor and Russell. There was always a disconnect and it always felt like we weren't seeing the whole story. Allegations have been made about their relationship, with respect to the dead I will not bring them up.
The question really is does this invasion of privacy harm a relationship and a persons ego so much to drive them to commit suicide. It's clear you sign a waiver before you appear on the show. How can you tell what will happen after the fact. I think its easy to argue that the pressure of one of these shows can certainly do more harm than good.
Bravo has yet to announce what it will do with the second season of "Beverly Hills." Possible reediting of the season to prevent any further harm to the Armstrong family is advisable. I seriously hope people take this stress into consideration before they sign up for these shows.

Season 2 is currently set to premiere September 5th.

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