Bravo Reality Show ‘The Valley’: Being Called a Republican in LA is a ‘Death Sentence’ and ‘Social Suicide’

Dawn Slusher | April 9, 2024
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“You better be on the (down low) if you're a Republican (in LA) because you're not getting invited to anything.”

That was the message from Bravo’s new reality show "The Valley"a spinoff of "Vanderpump Rules" (home of the infamous “Scandoval” cheating drama that swept the nation several months ago) - just three episodes into its season premiere.

Politics rarely, if ever, come up on the original, but just three episodes into "The Valley" things turned very political, and very ugly, with one cast member proclaiming it’s a “death sentence” and “social suicide” to be a Republican in Los Angeles, while others insinuate that being a Republican automatically makes you a racist.

As with most reality shows, gossip, drama, and arguments are a main focus, so you’ll have to bear with us as we trudge through all the “likes” randomly thrown into conversations and the 'he said, she said' banter as the cast plays out a game of Telephone over a rumor.

The drama started on the episode “Doubting Doute” when "Vanderpump" alum Kristen Doute repeated a rumor she claims was told to her by Zack in which Janet supposedly warned Jasmine, who is black, that Michelle is secretly Republican and thus, a racist.

I know, I know. It’s confusing and ridiculous. But the accusations are very serious, with real life ramifications, so just try to stay focused on those.

Another "Vanderpump" alum, Brittany, explains the situation to her husband Jax while Michelle discusses with her husband Jesse how those “two words” (“Republican” and “racist”) affected her:


They did redeem themselves somewhat when Jesse remarks, “What does being a Republican have to do with it?”

Michelle answers, “Like, I'm not a Republican, which, by the way, even if I am, who gives a (bleep)?” But things devolved again as the show progressed.

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Janet explains in a confessional that the rumor apparently began over the falsely labeled “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida, which Michelle rightly stated protects children. Janet then self-righteously explains how wrong Michelle is to believe that, and that she, “maybe got swept into an algorithm that maybe is teaching her some things that are not true.”

So, Janet was hoping if it came up again, it could be a “teachable moment” for Michelle:


How kind Michelle’s friends are to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe she’s just ignorant and that they can educate her if a “teachable moment” comes up. Such a prime example of the bubble Hollywood lives in, thinking their beliefs are the only correct ones, and if anyone thinks or votes differently, they’re a bad person.

As the friend group meets for a dinner party, the topic is brought up again, and Kristen claims Zack insinuated that being a Republican equals “racism and/or…homophobia”:


Zack ends up admitting the truth in his confessional about how Republicans are seen and treated in Los Angeles, calling it a “death sentence,” and “social suicide” if anyone is called a Republican in the extremely liberal city:


Yes, ironically, Kristen was fired from "Vanderpump Rules" over accusations of racist behavior. That’s another long, dramatic story which we won’t get into, but you can read about it here.

And if living in LA is anything like the ridiculous, convoluted drama displayed on both "Vanderpump Rules" and "The Valley," Republicans aren’t missing out on much by not being welcome there.


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