Despite hobbling around on crutches, Brandi Glanville stood up to snobby Paris Hilton aunts Kim and Kyle Richards on this week's episode of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," thus creating a whole new battleground for the ex-wife of Eddie Cibrian.
Prior to this season's stint on the show about rich women who make cat fights look like Yoga, the mother of the former "Playboy Club" star's two sons had only her ex's new wife, LeAnn Rimes, with whom to wage war. Glanville's blog and Twitter feed are now loaded with defensive missiles aimed at protecting herself against her new reality TV show frenemies.
On the most recent episode of RHOBH, the Richards' sisters played tag team against the former model with whom they were awkwardly trioed up at a girls' game night party hosted by social climbing newbie Dana Wilkey. After the sibs snickered at her for mistakenly thinking Winston Churchill was a famous black person and gave each other inside clues only the other would know, Glanville went on the offensive. "Bring it bitch," she challenged Kyle, after the latter taunted her with, "IQ tests starting with you." Glanville reasonably assumed she was being singled out for being a dumb blonde, despite the fact that all the other women at the party (besides Kyle) were also blonde.
The mood got even uglier when an allegedly chemically altered Kim accused Glanville of being a "whore" to which the high-cheekboned beauty replied, "Yes, I'm a slut." On her blog she explained, "I'll just agree with whatever they said because they were so off base. I am none of the mean things they called me."
Anyone who has ever attended high school is familiar with girls ganging up on each other, and the Richards' sisters and party hostess Wilkey were not playing nice with the invited guest. Bad enough that Kim made it obvious she didn't want to be on the same team as the outsider, but when she hid Brandi's crutches, she was not only acting immature, but also revealing a mean streak that removed any lingering sympathy we might have had for the scatter-brained former child star.
Fans started tweeting "I'm officially Team @BrandiGlanville" almost immediately, offended by the obvious attacks on a woman who was not only victimized by a cheating husband, but is now getting bullied on TV by women old enough to know better. Glanville herself posted, "Let's say no to girl on girl bullying" on her Twitter account.
Perhaps the most powerful post by this year's Camille Grammer replacement for the show's most picked-on "housewife," however, was the last line on Glanville's RHOBH blog providing her perspective on this week's cat fight. The straight shooter wrote, "Remember this, ladies: it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
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- Kyle Richards