06/11/2013 01:02 pm ET

The Hate Aesthetic


It came to me during "The Real Housewives of Orange County." That's right, the inspiration is thanks to the vulgar antics of Vicki, Tamra, Gretchen, Alexis, Heather, and Lydia, the new gal who looks like Timmy Turner in "The Fairly Odd Parents" cartoon. The show is wall-to-wall rich, bitch, and plenty of kitsch.

"What are they talking about? They make so much noise," says my lovely wife, the member of our household who actually tunes into this show. She talks as much as to the TV set as to me: "Look at the lipstick color on this one, can you believe it?" 

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