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Brandi Glanville: From fan favorite to reality TV villain

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Despite her many fights and repeated bad-mouthing of fellow cast members, Brandi Glanville sailed through her first two seasons on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" as a fan favorite. Every week, when she'd submit her blog on Bravo to discuss this week's episode, comments from viewers showered her with praise and compliments on what they perceived as "real" and "honest" and someone who speaks the truth. But this season, her image has taken a sharp hit, as viewers have seemingly done a 180 in their perception of her. Nowadays, her weekly blogs are met with negative feedback from angry and disappointed viewers, many who are self-confessed former-fans, voicing their disapproval to their once-favorite reality star's vile and trashy behavior. And I confess, I'm loving it. Finally, viewers are starting to see in Brandi what I have seen all along!

I have never liked Brandi, even though, as a big fan of reality TV, I usually love the drama-stirrers. After all, they are what make the show entertaining. But I never warmed up to Brandi, for some reason, perhaps because she has three major traits that I can't stand in a person, especially a person in the public eye:

1. She's disloyal and untrustworthy. She continuously screws over people who've reached out to her, defended her and supported her.

2. She continuously bad mouths people who have done nothing to her, including fellow cast members from other Housewives franchises.

3. She's a hypocrite. She dishes it out but can't take it. Even though she continuously sticks her nose in other people's business by bad mouthing other cast members, she cries foul when they retaliate and tells them to "get a life" and "mind your business" and, of course, "shut the [expletive] up." She also tells this to her "haters" on Twitter, even though she signed up to be in the public eye and in doing so, voluntarily made her business the world's business.

To top it off, she has very little appeal. A good villain always has redeeming qualities, whether it be intelligence, wit, charm, loyalty or genuine candidness, and as far as I can see, Brandi is none of those things. She's not particularly entertaining, and no, in my opinion, despite what many viewers may have thought, she's not "real" or "genuine," though she desperately tries to be seen that way, but she's always trying a bit too hard for me to buy it. To her credit, she obviously did something right because many viewers bought it for a while.

Not anymore.

She hasn't changed, viewers are just finally starting to open their eyes. Perhaps because this time, Brandi fell out with fellow fan-favorite and cast member, Lisa Vanderpump, who previously always defended Brandi until Brandi turned on her this season. But hello? Lisa is hardly the first person Brandi has done this to. This has been a pattern of Brandi's since her first season on the show.

Anyone remember what happened with Brandi and Taylor Armstrong in Season 2? After Brandi managed to piss off three different cast members in the course of three consecutive episodes, Taylor still reached out to her, tried to make her feel welcome, had lunch with her and refused to write her off, despite the fact that two of the three people Brandi had pissed off were her two of Taylor's closest friends on the show, Kyle and Dana. Taylor did all this, only for Brandi to turn on her later that season and kick Taylor out of her party in Malibu due to her becoming hysterical in an argument that did not involve Brandi in any way and could have easily stayed out of, without even bothering to ask Taylor what was going on or why she was so upset. Then, during the RHOBH - Season 2 Reunion, Brandi made several snide remarks about Taylor writing a book about her late husband's suicide, which, again, had absolutely nothing to do with her.

Or how about Adrienne Maloof? You remember, the woman who introduced Brandi to this group of women (and essentially got Brandi on the show) in the first place. Besides Taylor, Adrienne was the only other cast member to defend Brandi and go out of her way to make her feel welcome when she first came on the show, only for Brandi to turn on her during the Reunion that season and accuse her of trying to arrange a meeting beforehand to orchestrate a plan to go after Lisa during the Reunion. Then, on Season 3, Brandi revealed that Adrienne had her children through a surrogate mother, she was never pregnant with either of her children as she claimed to be.

But for some reason, viewers did not see it that way and Brandi remained a fan favorite, as fans took her side regarding her feuds with Taylor and Adrienne who, unlike Lisa, were not popular with viewers. Meanwhile, as I sat back and read all the positive feedback viewers would leave her, I found myself wondering if we were watching the same show. But now that Brandi has turned on Lisa, who, like Taylor and Adrienne, has been nothing but supportive of Brandi and continuously defended her, ex-fans of hers have turned against her and finally started to see what I see, which makes me happy. My only question to them is, what took you so long?


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