On this week’s episode of ‘RHOC,’ Emily Simpson called her ‘Housewives’ cast-mates ‘senior citizens’
Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Emily Simpson has had quite the season. Amidst the Braunwyn Windham-Burke versus Gina Kirschenheiter drama and the Kelly Dodd versus Vicki Gunvalson drama and the Tamra Judge versus, well, everyone drama (which we’re sure to see unfold during the highly anticipated reunion), Emily has, comparatively, remained drama-free among the women. Sure, she had a small spat with her show BFF, Gina, and she seemed to have a minor argument with Tamra; but compared to the rest of the women’s drama, Emily has seemingly risen above. That is, until we reached this episode, during which viewers took issue with her age-shaming comments toward the other women.
— Real Housewife of Killarney (@RealKillarney) December 11, 2019
Season 14 of RHOC has been a rollercoaster for Emily. At the start of the season, we see her open up about her weight gain and body image struggles, and we find out about halfway through the season that not even her own husband supports her weight loss journey. While she makes it clear this journey is hard for her, viewers have rallied for her, praised her and remained virtually by her side — save for this week’s episode.
While the women are on vacation in Key West, Florida, Emily not only reveals she used to date a drug dealer who had a boat and lots of jet skis(!), but she’s also seen with Kelly talking smack about Vicki, basically saying that “instead of the senior girls in high school, it’s senior citizens who are mad at me.”
And did we mention she and Kelly are really not much younger than the older women on the trip? Emily is 43 and Kelly is 44, while Vicki is 57, Shannon is 55, and Tamra is 52.
Dear Emily: You’re only 10 years younger than the “old people”on the trip. Hopefully you will get there some day. #RHOC
— Jersey Girl 🎅🎄🎅 (@JerseyGal1196) December 11, 2019
For someone who has been vocally against body shaming, is it right for Emily to age-shame her not-much-older cast members? Not only that, should Emily really alienate the Real Housewives viewers who are, on average, 43 years old?
When you meet for the #RHOC reunion-or whenever, I would like you to remind the ladies who their demographic is. The mean age comments are really getting on my nerves & I am actually somewhere between the younger & the olders. It’s just really offensive.
— Cyn (@Cyn190) December 11, 2019
“Cut the old women jokes out,” another Twitter user live-tweeted during tonight’s episode. “You are alienating an important community that you need for the show!”
Kelly and Emily, enough with the old women jokes. There are old women out there, who have great marriages, lots of money and better bodies than the two of you. Cut the old women jokes out. You are alienating an important community that you need for the show!
That’s it! pic.twitter.com/xLUwUlCm3H
— the truth (@thetrut71349080) December 11, 2019
And these two RHOC viewers are not alone. Plenty of others were vocally against the age-shaming.
Emily was so hurt when people body shamed her but her and Kelly have no problem age shaming in every scene #rhoc
— Reality Junkie43 (@realityjunkie43) December 11, 2019
I liked Emily last year, but this year, the constant beating up on the older women…. does she think she’s 29? Same to Kelly, you’re not exactly young anymore either. #RHOC
— Dawn R. Filline (@FillineR) December 11, 2019
Kelly and Emily need to stop talking about Seniors. I am not one but the point is that they may not make it to one. Also they don’t even look as good or accomplished more than who they are talking about #RHOC pic.twitter.com/xsCHhByODy
— BLUE FRIDAY (@angel206) December 11, 2019
I have a MAJOR issue with Emily…she cried on the reunion bc fans made comments about her body. Yet, here she is trying to make jokes about someone’s look or age…you are closer to 50 than 30 #GlassHouses #RHOC
— vivamorena10 (@vivamorena10) December 11, 2019
Emily needs to stop with the old comments…it’s not becoming especially from someone who is constantly fighting back against nasty comments about her weight, which are also 100% bs because she’s not fat at all #rhoc
— AllAboutTRH (@AllAboutTRH) December 11, 2019
Though, some simply found Emily’s one-liners entertaining.
There’s not many housewives who have a great second season, but Emily is honestly slaying this season #RHOC
— EK (@KaradimosEvan) December 11, 2019
Love Emily! She observes and then she comes up with these clever zingers! So bang on! #RHOC
— Lena (@LeGo210607) December 11, 2019
Emily said “now the senior citizens hate me.” Immm done 😂😂😂😂#RHOC
— Desiree (@dezireme2) December 11, 2019
Emily is killing it with the lines this season “instead of senior girls its senior citizens that are mad at me” #RHOC
— Pettymess_689 (@Pettymess6) December 11, 2019
Now we want to know: How will the women react to the Emily’s comments? We don’t have to wait much longer for the dramatic reunion to come. According to reunion host Andy Cohen, the reunion will feature “a meltdown to end all meltdowns” — and we, for one, can’t wait to watch it.