The answer may be both. In this week's episode of The Real Housewives of D.C., Michaele Salahi got out her pom poms and tried ever-so-awkwardly to shake them for the Washington Redskins.
She claims she was a cheerleader for the team in the 1980s and showed up for an alumni event in which the former cheerleaders learn and perform a routine. Only she was bad ... really bad, as in looks-like-she's-never-seen-a-pom-pom bad.
Perhaps that's because she lied about being on the squad on the first place?
A report in the Washington Post that ran after the episode was taped last year quoted sources from the Redskins who definitively said Salahi lied.
"She was never at an audition, never at a game, and never performed," former cheerleader and choreographer Sheryl Olecheck told the paper. "When I saw her, I had to ask around: 'Who is that?'"
Salahi today told People, however, that she really was, but the mix-up had something to do with her lying about her age (she's 44) and was someone else's fault.
Whatever. (Sorry, but that's about all I've got left when it comes to these two.)
The rest of the show consisted of a cat fight between Cat and Erika Martin Hughes, who has had it out for Cat since she dissed Trya Banks.
"There's the mean girl coming out," she said when Cat started chiding Mary for being too lenient with Lolly.
And she wouldn't let up, telling her she's always negative.
"I thought you and Tyra knew each other based on how negatively you spoke about her," Hughes said.
It was pretty brutal and uncalled for -- especially when she wouldn't stop in front of Cat's daughters -- and seemed to be a sad attempt to wedge herself into some of the show's drama ... or lack thereof, save the Salahis.
For much of the rest of the show, it seems someone at Bravo said, "Hey, this is D.C., we're probably supposed to be getting political. Let's find some politics to talk about."
So they threw in two really forced, awkward political "events," which consisted first of some of the cast meeting with a local D.C. politician to talk about gay marriage in the district.
In sum: Lynda and Cat are very pro gay marriage; Stacie and Jason are "homophobes" as Paul the hairdresser decreed when they said marriage should be between a man and a woman (I wouldn't have expected that from them); and Mary doesn't think it affects her, but later saw the light after her daughter Lolly educated her on the U.S. Constitution and stuff.
It certainly would have been more interesting if the Salahis had been there (who knows what would have been said then?), but for whatever reason they weren't. They did, however, meet separately with a Virginia delegate to discuss legislation affecting wineries.
The episode ended with the Salahis (who Bravo says have NOT been axed from the show ... yet) talking about a book they want to "write" titled Wine, War, and Roses. It's supposed to be an account of the evolution of Oasis Winery, the ensuing family drama, and other gripping tales.
It sounds great ... for the fiction section.
What did you think of this week's episode of The Real Housewives of D.C.? Do you think Michaele really was a Redskins cheerleader? Was Erika out of line, or did Cat deserve it? Would you buy the Salahis' book?
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