I can’t let this episode of RHOA go by without addressing the upcoming trip. First of all, I thought the trip was the last thing they filmed? They left on July 28th for a ten day trip. This means that the episodes after the trip will be out of order, that is going to make for a lot of odd shows after they get back. Tonight’s episode was episode 11 of, I believe, 18 regular shows (not counting the reunion episodes). The RHONY trip to Morocco was on for three episodes. If the South Africa trip has four episodes that would leave three for when they return. I can’t wait to see how that plays out.
Then there is the whole “Phaedra Parks is in charge of the trip” aspect. We all know that Bravo picks someone to be the den mother for these things and through the process of elimination, I suppose she is the best choice. But a ridiculous one nonetheless. No one who is planning a trip says “I am planning a trip to Africa” or any other CONTINENT you name the country at the very least and more often the city.
|Ghana Vice President John Mahama|
In the APEX Museum, Phaedra says she went to Ghana where she hobnobbed with “the royals” and the Vice President. The current VP of Ghana was sworn in in January of 2009. Phaedra made it seem like several years ago, before her marriage to Apollo that she was over there “chillin’ in the motherland”. Yet she tells Kandi what she thinks of when she thinks about Africa is women with their breasts hanging out. Aside from the comment making Phaedra the poster child for the Ugly American Society of Global Idiots, no one who has ever been to any African country comes home with that as their first thought about Africa. On the phone with the VP she stumbles over his name as she appears to be reading it off a sheet of paper. She actually asks for John Dramani. Dramani his middle name. This would be like someone calling the White House asking for His Excellency Albert Arnold rather than Vice President Gore. She should have simply asked to speak to Vice President Mahama or His Excellency Vice President Mahama. Good Lord.
But the BIG problem I have is that Bravo tried to put Phaedra on the phone with someone in Ghana in the first place. Ghana is in west Africa; the trip that “Phaedra is planning” is to two cities in South Africa about three thousand miles away. So her call to alert her buddy John that she was going to be in the neighborhood made absolutely no sense at all. Neither did the fact that she congratulated him on his recent election (which happened in 2009). Did I point out that there is no royal family in Ghana? Because yes, I realize that lots of people are sold on the fact that Africa is full of kings and queens from which all black people in the United States descended, but that is simply not true. It was ruled by the Dutch for hundreds of years before becoming a British Colony. Now, Ghana is a republic whose executive branch is elected by the people.
I just don’t get why they make up stuff like this? I can’t possibly be the only person who watches this show that has a brain and who has, as Sheree would say, lots of stamps in my passport. Why isn’t there a big public outburst of the giggles throughout the nation? It blows my mind.