Beverly Hills, Taylor Armstrong, Ben Brath Johnson discussed on Dear Sugars

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Woman. Or maybe holding her back, but from whom. And why is she crying? Thousands upon thousands of versions of this meme have been made by people who likely didn't know the answers to any of these questions, and even more people have seen and had a good laugh at those thousands of memes without knowing either. But we do know now, and the answers will make you never look at the meme the same way again. And so she was trying to stand up for herself and it's become this like, no, I know. Another dark, perhaps origin story of that meme. I'm Ben brath Johnson. I'm Emily sievertson, and this is endless thread. We're coming to you from WBUR, Boston's NPR station and we are taking a closer look at memes that have been seen shared in remixed countless times before they've been fully understood. When meme first came out, it just was called woman yelling at cat. We typically don't go looking for the backstory of a meme before putting our own spin on it, right? But for the one we now know as woman yelling at a cat, maybe we should have. Because in the very moment that's been freeze framed and memeified. This woman was going through one of the darkest experiences of her life. I was trying to explain in a very dramatic way that this could get me killed. You know what, this is interesting. Let me just check my phone completely off because Robin from bravo, coincidentally right in that exact moment, just sent me a text message and it just pinged onto my computer. It's not every day Ben and I get to talk to a reality TV star. So my wife watches and I watch with her sometimes. It's always everyone's excuse. And it's not every day we get called out by a reality TV star. A reality TV star who says, at first, she wasn't trying to be one. Well, in the beginning, I didn't even go out for the show. And a lot of my friends around Beverly Hills had gone out for it. And my name came up, I guess, in a few different circles. And that name? This is Taylor Armstrong from the original housewives of Beverly Hills. Original as in Taylor Armstrong was an original cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It may look like I have it all, but I want more. But Taylor's also the original and only woman yelling at a cat. Except, of course, she wasn't yelling at a cat. She was yelling at a cast member of the show. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. That's Taylor there, yelling, you have no idea what she's done to me. And this is the scene the screencap was taken from. The screen cap that became woman yelling at a cat. But in order to understand what the hell is going on here, we have to go back several episodes of the show. Really, we have to understand a little more about the show itself and Ben since you watch it. My wife watches it. Oh, yes, I'm sorry. Since your wife watches the show and you've, you know, kept her company for an episode or two. Why don't you do the honors? Okay, so The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills debuted on bravo in 2010, and it followed 6 wealthy socialites as they just, you know, lived their lives. You look gorgeous. Thank you. Running errands. You have the seating chart and everything. Planning parties. Oh, that looks really good. I love the way you put the roses in. Yeah, attending those parties. You know, kinda like what we do every day, Emory, right? On the invitation it says pink. Sparkles. Wait for it. Wedge heels. At the beginning, this is exactly what Taylor thought the show was going to be. Oh, this is gonna be so fun. We'll throw parties and take trips and it'll all be glam and fun. But of course, if a reality TV show is any good, at least by standard definitions, it's not just fun stuff, let alone reality. Production crews manufactured drama and how the video is edited as we know. But they're also behind the scenes manufacturing meetups between characters, developing whole storylines before filming even starts. They're adding booze to tense situations, they're dialing everything up. Even if you know this, which we all do, you forget it, which is part of the magic and part of the problem. For the reality TV viewer and the reality TV subject. And in the end, we had a divorce in season one, divorce in season two, of course in season three. And only 5 of us were married to begin with. So that kind of tells you where the odds lie on keeping things under wraps. And Taylor in particular had a big something she was trying to keep under wraps. From the other women on the show, and it's millions of viewers. It was definitely a different experience for me than it was for some of the girls who had a big support system at home, like Kyle, and Lisa, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, two of her castmates. They had an awesome support system in their family home to go home to after the stress of filming some really trying moments on the show. But for me, it was like chaos on the show and chaos at home..

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