Entertainment "We've found the fatal flaw in The Real Housewives of Sydney TV show."
Is Roxy Jacenko set for a role on The Real Housewives of Sydney?
With Jacenko on board, Foxtel would have their fill of material with her life playing out in the public eye like a real-life soap opera. In the past year alone, she's opened up a new multi-million dollar office in Paddington, continued running her publicity and talent management businesses and beat breast cancer while raising two children under the age of five as her husband Oliver Curtis served a year in jail for insider trading.Tabloids went particularly wild when pictures emerged of her rekindling her romance with her ex-boyfriend, millionaire property developer Nabil Gazal.
A Real Housewives uproar is nothing new. In fact, I dare you to google any franchise, for any episode, in any season and not find a critical article (or 50) declaring the show has taken it too far this time.
So with critics lashing out at The Real Housewives of Sydney in recent weeks, you could probably take it with a grain of salt. Because the show and its cast trade in headlines. In fact, they actively welcome them.
But when formerly loyal Housewives fans start threatening to tune out – and that seems to be an increasing rumble in the Twitterverse – you know you’ve got a problem.
Lisa Oldfield just announced her divorce via Instagram. (We think.)
If you’ve been watching Real Housewives of Sydney, you’ll know Lisa Oldfield doesn’t shy away from a bit of ~dramaaaa~. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the businesswoman/mum of two/RHOS ‘villain’ would announce her divorce on Instagram.That’s exactly what she did — in spectacularly brazen fashion, it must be said — late on Wednesday night."Kicking this m*******r to the kerb' she posted. Oldfield’s weapon of choice was a sassy meme… and even sassier hashtags.After 17 years of marriage to One Nation co-founder David Oldfield, it appears the 41-year-old is saying #bye.
So what are the Sydney set doing that sets them apart from their franchise sisters?
When you think of The Real Housewives of, literally, anywhere, there are multiple common threads.
First, in each location you will have a group of women who are never happier than when throwing around their money publicly or finding an opportunity to boast about their huge bank balances and designer wardrobes.
Almost all the women will have a staff of people on the payroll to sort out all of life’s inconvenient problems like cooking, cleaning, driving and anything to do with their children.
Real Housewife Kyle Richards shamed for Instagramming her daughter in a bikini.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards wasn’t expecting an unwanted parenting lesson when she posted a sweet photo of her daughter Portia – but that’s exactly what she got. Yes, it seems trolls couldn’t help themselves when the saw the photo Richards had shared of her nine-year-old in a bikini while on a family holiday in Italy.
There will be at least one glamorous getaway where the women will wear inappropriate clothing for the location and disrespect all kinds of cultural boundaries.
There will be enough botox, implants and fillers to tide over an entire city.
Each episode will contain at least one screaming match. The good ones more than one.
There will always be a villain, a “Jatz crackers” one, a sex-obsessed one, a punching bag and a peace maker (usually labelled the 'boring' one) amongst the cast.
But – and here comes the part that has let the Sydney Housewives down – while they fight and bitch and shade throw to their heart's content, when push comes to shove these women will have each others’ backs in times of tragedy and need.
For the first few episodes it was easy to laugh along as Athena X came under fire for her, quite frankly, delusional statements. Ditto Lisa Oldfield, who also played the villain to an absolute V in those early days.
Roxy Jacenko asks Real Housewives Of Sydney "why does everyone have to be so mean?"
No-one is under any illusion that you watch any of the Real Housewives franchise for tips on world peace or avoiding conflict. But for many, the latest episodes of the Sydney version have gone too far, with the ‘housewives’ being so mean to each other it can be uncomfortable to watch.
But as the weeks have gone on and the animosity between the women has built, the lack of a core character in the franchise has spoiled the delicate dance the show plays between light-hearted entertainment and hard-to-watch nastiness.
We are missing our peace keeper. And it turns out they play a far more crucial role than they’re given credit for.
Last Sunday we watched Athena X break down over dinner and reveal a horrifically sad family secret. She sobbed as she recounted her father’s abusive treatment of herself and her mother growing up. It was hard to watch and even harder not to feel empathy for her.
It’s at this point which, in any other franchise, we would wish the other women stop their self-obsession long enough to huddle around their fellow housewife.
Even if only for the one night.
But without a peace maker to prod them along, this didn’t happen with the Sydney girls. Instead they used the opportunity to either continue sniping at a clearly distraught Athena X or to turn the spotlight back onto their own woes.
And that may prove to be the fatal flaw for the Real Housewives of Sydney. Because you need the occasional appearance of sisterhood amongst all the cat-fighting. It’s often the only thing that makes us feel slightly less guilty about watching it.
As a proud Sydneysider, as well as a Real Housewives super fan, I want my Harbour City sisters to come through for us. So here’s hoping one of the women can step up into the role. Melissa Tkautz, can you read my lips?
Lisa Oldfield is not happy with the first Real Housewives of Sydney trailer. .
'Real Housewives of Sydney' star Lisa Oldfield has hit out at a preview for the upcoming series after labelling her a 'politician's wife'.However, one of the “housewives” is unimpressed with the preview.
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