NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote a 2,700-word treatise for HuffPost about why he loves Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, "How the Real Housewives Have Made America Better."
In the post, Abdul-Jabbar calls Bravo's Andy Cohen "the Andy Warhol of the 21st Century" and describes the "Real Housewives" shows as "a glitzy window into mainstream values, if not mainstream lifestyle," saying they "[offer] more insight into American consciousness than most TV scripted dramas."
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Tamra Barney joined HuffPost Live Monday and reacted to Abdul-Jabbar's post.
"There's not too many articles that are written with that title," she said with a laugh. "America better? Why, because everyone feels better about themselves after seeing us?"
As HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin read excerpts from Abdul-Jabbar's post, in which he simultaneously extols the Real Housewives and says "their behavior shows...a smug elitism of the undeserving," Barney stopped him to react.
"Wait, does he like us or not like us?" she asked. "He's a little passive aggressive."
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