Monday, December 1st, 2008 at 4:02 pm in Uncategorized.
First a disclaimer: I do not watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo TV but someone in my newsroom has become a fan of this train wreck of a show and told me about some Berkeley-bashing that took place on the premier episode last Wednesday.
In case you have a life beyond reality television, “Housewives” features five women living in a gated community in Orange County who are completely out of touch with reality. They believe conspicuous consumption is a way of life and that marrying a man who has been divorced five times and is old enough to be your father is totally acceptable as long as the money tree never dies.
One big controversy during a recent show centered around a new “housewife” who claims she hasn’t had a boob job, which made them all very suspicious. They assume everyone has had one. And Botox injections too. Did I mention that none of their foreheads move, ever.
You get the picture.
While these desperate dames (luckily) make their homes down south the recent show has a one-minute Berkeley-bashing rant that is worth watching for the pure belly laugh it will bring.
Kara Keough, 19, is a student at the University of California, Berkeley and the daughter of Jeana Keough, one of the housewives and a former Playboy centerfold and ZZ Top video model.
The show was taped during the summer when Kara was home for the summer after what mom calls “a hard time with Berkeley.”
About one-third into the show, Kara (wearing an ounce of fabric disguised as a swimsuit) and a group of friends are lazily splashing in a swimming pool on a summer afternoon.
It’s when one of the guys, floating on a pool raft, peers through his dark sunglasses and asks Kara what classes she’s taking in the fall that the fun begins.
Dude on raft: “So, Kara what classes are you going to take this semester?”
Kara: “Women’s studies.”
Dude on raft: “Why don’t you take an economics class?”
Kara: “Because I don’t care about economics. All I know. This is what I have learned at Berkeley. The economy sucks and it’s the president’s fault.”
Kara: “Berkeley was a bit of a culture shock. I thought I’d be able to handle it but now I’m not so sure I can handle it.”
Dude on raft: “So, how is it being a Republican at Berkeley?”
Kara: “Nobody knows. It’s my best kept secret (By the looks of her, we doubt that being a Republican is her best kept secret.)
Kara: (now sitting poolside and wearing at least two ounces of clothing) “I felt like I was in a different world (at UC-Berkeley). But I was OK with that because I don’t think I would want to be the type of person who would fit in because that would mean I either lived in a tree or smoked trees. Well, I guess you call it “grass” (giggle, giggle) or that I ate food from a trash can.”
Um, Kara, we aren’t buying that you don’t know what pot is called. After all, you were valedictorian of your high school class.
OK Kara, a few things you might want to consider the next time you talk smack about Berkeley.
I bet you um, like totally didn’t know that roughly 900 people earn a Ph.D from Cal every year. And like, OMG, the National Research Council, ranks 35 of 36 of Berkeley’s graduate programs in the top 10 in their respective field.
But Kara, I’ll let you in on Berkeley’s best kept secret: Cal ranks ninth among universities that have produced the largest number of living billionaires. Now, there’s some 411 that will put you right on tack to follow mom’s legacy.
The clip is on their site at http://video.bravotv.com/player/?fid=829241#videoid=850141