Did “Nigger” Sink The Real Housewives of Auckland?


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It might have been a filler.  “The Real Housewives of Auckland premiered on Bravo in July. (it airs Saturdays at noon.)  Even at this obscure hour, Auckland has found an audience.  Interest is growing via social media.

 Auckland first and only season premiered in New Zealand August 2016 to solid numbers and good reviews.

The Real Housewives of Auckland is this year’s most entertaining TV

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11698834

Then it happened in Episode 6 “Healing Hands”  we don’t actually hear the word but it was said.

Michelle Blanchard, Gilda Kirkpatrick and Julia Sloane planning to sunbathe in the bikinis on the front of the boat.  Gilda asked Michelle for a hand.  Julia, trying to be funny ,said “Michelle isn’t your boat nigger.  There wasn’t any malice or real intent, but it was beyond wrong and Julia was justifiably called on the carpet for it.    This episode caused a firestorm in New Zealand with some  politicians saying Sloane’s remark was not acceptable and does not represent the country.

“Dame Susan Devoy says casual racism not okay after Real Housewife uses ‘n’ word”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11712586

“Real Housewives of Auckland: Alcohol can’t be blamed for racial slur”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11713415

“Real Housewives of Auckland racial slur stoush: What happened between Julia Sloane and Michelle Blanchard”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11713180

“Opinion: The real problem with the racial stoush on Real Housewives of Auckland”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11713518

Bravo in a unusual action: Cancelled all advertising.  In America, many advertisers would be clamoring for ad space.  Before the episode aired, the network released a statement on the issue saying, “We have taken this matter very seriously. Bravo has given much consideration to ensuring the events are accurately represented, in order that the context of the remark and subsequent events can be fully understood. While the nature of Bravo programming is unscripted, it is a deeply regrettable incident which we are endeavoring to deal with in a responsible manner

In Bravo’s other franchise’s Bravo may have found mileage in the controversy.  In New Zealand, even though Michelle Blanchard was destroyed, she didn’t allow the word to defeat her.  In the next episode , Michelle met with Julia Sloane, who at one point tried to become the victim,she told Julia how despicable the word is .  She put the matter to rest.  The two will never be bosom buddies and Julia’s use of the word will never be forgotten but Michelle thought the two could peaceably co-exist.

The show opened with good ratings however there was a large drop in ratings ,after controversial episode.

There was no reunion show, however  all the cast members are reportedly under contract for three years Bravo could bring the show back.

There is considerable and growing interest in the show.

Could American interest bring back a New Zealand TV show?

 

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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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