It’s been two days since “The Real Housewives of Potomac” debuted and people are still discussing Bravo’s latest reality TV installment.
Viewers quickly realized that these six women and their antics would make for good watercoolor fodder.
Set in Potomac, Maryland, an exclusive community known for its old money and influential residents, the series follows the lives of six well-to-do women of African descent: Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon and Ashley Darby. “RHOP” debuted after “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Sunday.
“‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ is the show you never saw coming, and it’s going to take everyone by surprise,” Andy Cohen, executive producer of “The Real Housewives” franchise, said in a statement last November.
These women may come off as bourgeois, touting their financial status, hubby’s professions and zip codes, but at the end of the day, they’re just as messy and shady as the women of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “The Real Housewives of New York City” or “RHOA.” And people love it!
Viewers are already choosing which “Potomac” girl they like the most. On, Twitter, it seems that Gizelle is the favorite. CNN’s Lisa Respires France tweeted, “Already @GizelleBryant is my fav on #RHOP.” MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid concurred, tweeting, “So far I’m #TeamGizelle. I could hang out with her.” I agree, Gizelle is very likable and though she may be the only one with a solid legacy (former Texas State Rep. Curtis Graves is her father), she seems to be the most unpretentious and down-to-earth.
But, this could all change next week.
Robyn, ex- but current co-habitating wife of former NBAer Juan Dixon, received a warm reception as well because she seemed genuine. Some people even attributed their fondness for Robyn to her deeper voice, saying it added a bit of authenticity to her character. Uh, OK. Karen, the oldest of the bunch whom Gizelle called Lady Eloise, may have turned people off with her constant harping on etiquette, but she definitely delivers flawless one-liners. After her verbal dustup with Gizelle, Karen calmly let us know that, “People come for me all of the time, they just don’t fine me.” OK, Karen, we see you! She definitely is this show’s queen of shade!
Charrisse is the wife of former Washington Wizards coach-turned- Rutgers University coach Eddie Jordan (he lives in New Jersey). Just when you think Charrisse may be your girl, she opens her mouth and says something that sets her back 20 paces. Her incessant need to call Gizelle “ghetto,” repeat etiquette rules and unnecessarily shade others didn’t sit well with many people. Don’t believe me? Just check the tweets. Black Twitter has no chill!
We didn't meet Ashley on Sunday and Katie, who proclaimed her love for "white boys" and "Jewish boys" several times throughout the episode, had many people shaking their heads. On Twitter, many people tweeted that Katie, a former model whose mother is black and father is white, seemed as if she's embarrassed to be considered black, a reason why she "chases" white men. In the season preview, we see an emotional Gizelle telling Katie, who prefers to identify as biracial, "You act like it's a problem to be black!" Welp!
These ladies are entertaining and if you can tolerate constant shade throwing, petty arguments and Emily Post wannabes, then you’ll definitely want to tune to Bravo on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
Missed the "RHOP" premiere? No worries. Watch it below and see if Twitter was on point or just hating.
WATCH: “The Real Housewives of Potomac” debut episode