When a show is called #RichKids of Beverly Hills, you can kind of expect what you’ll see when you tune in: Wealthy offsprings spending their parent’s money like it’s a job. Unfortunately for some of these kids, it actually is. The new E! reality show featuring a group of twentysomethings living in Beverly Hills premiered Sunday and the first episode was filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Make that a Beverly Hills Blood Drive, cleavage sweat from too much shopping, and lots of crocodile tears.
Here are 5 of the most questionable things that happened in the first episode:
“Do I look as bitchy in real life?”
That’s a rhetorical question, right? The #richkids trend was started from the blog Rich Kids of Instagram, so it’s no surprise that the photo sharing app played a prominent role in the premiere. And sure, the word selfie had its moment in 2013 but watching best friends Morgan and Dorothy talk about their obsession with taking pictures of themselves and constantly checking for new pictures on their feed is a little scary. Don’t these girls have a job or something better to do? Oh, right. In addition, the graphics for the show are a distracting nightmare. You would think the producers would have a little more respect for the audience and stop with the clearly faked text message transitions and constant clicks and dings and hitting an imaginary like button on someone’s photo. Warning: Do not watch the show on your computer or you will just get confused. And for the record, the # is an official part of the show’s title (cue eye roll.)
The new Tupac and Biggie?
In one of their confessional interviews, Dorothy and Morgan tried to think of other famous duos to whom they would compare themselves. Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl? OK, that one totally makes sense. Bonnie and Clyde? Um - what now? Tupac and Biggie? Now you’re just being ridiculous. I’m still not sure how running up a $10,000 bar tab would be anything like being a bank robber, much less a pair of rival rappers.
Everyone loves the gays! (except Kentucky)
After Dorothy was accused of being homophobic (more on that later), Morgan uttered something that should haunt her for the rest of her life: “It’s 2013. No one’s homophobic unless you’re from Kentucky.” While Morgan may only exist within the comforting walls of the gay friendly Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area of L.A., unfortunately her statement could not be further from the truth. First of all, I don’t think Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence would agree with her. Second, there are still many places in this country (and even in Southern California) where gays are still not accepted. To say more about gay rights would turn this article into something completely different, but ignorance in someone with a platform like reality TV can be a dangerous thing. I’m looking at you Duck man.
Most of the premiere episode focused around Dorothy’s Beverly Hills Blood Drive that she wanted to throw, maybe to give back to her community or more likely to have a reason to take pictures with a new hashtag. Drama ensued when Dorothy’s friend Jonny, another #richkid and aspiring singer/songwriter, got mad because he believed the entire thing was homophobic since gay men are not allowed to donate blood. The two got into a big fight at Jonny’s recording studio, which escalated with Jonny calling Dorothy a “homophobic bitch.” The openly gay and proud E.J. (Magic Johnson’s son) didn’t seem to have as much of a problem with the blood drive and laughed off (or rather, slightly threatened-off) Jonny’s claims. The blood drive itself was in pure Beverly Hills style, with valet parking, a red carpet, and food trucks. Morgan only agreed to donate blood in the hopes that she would lose 15 pounds while doing it. This is coming from a girl who earlier in the episode binge ate at dinner and claimed she would take a magnesium pill the next day and get rid of it all in the bathroom. I don’t know about you E!, but I don’t think Morgan is going to be a great role model for your viewers.
Silver linings pocketbook
Of course, there were some silver linings in the premiere, but they mainly came from the supporting cast who deserve more screen time. In addition to Jonny, there’s the Persian princess Roxy, who is about to get cut off from her parents, Morgan’s boyfriend Brendan, who actually is a self-made millionaire who began selling real estate at 19, and E.J., who is going to school in New York but will make some visits back home to L.A. Future episodes need to feature more of the entire cast – you can only look at someone looking at their cellphone for only a certain amount of time and I’m pretty sure that time is significantly less than a eight-episode season.
What did you think of the #Richkids? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Secretly jealous of them?
The #RichKids of Beverly Hills premiere continues tonight on E! with another new episode at 10pm and then every week on Sundays at 10 p.m.