‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ might not be your cup of Swig

Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks

Pictured ‘s the cast of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” including, from left, Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose and Meredith Marks. | Chad Kirkland, Bravo

‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ is heading to BravoTV this week. The show might not be your cup of Swig, but it’s definitely worth sugary bits

“The Real Housewives” franchise has stalked my life recently like a mountain lion in Provo Canyon. My girlfriend, who grew up in Orange County, has a deep connection to the “Real Housewives of Orange County” series, always quoting and talking about the characters on the show. I never took to the franchise, since the thought of spending an hour watching a reality show about housewives in eight different cities — from New York City to Washington, D.C., to Dallas — just didn’t appeal to me.

So, it surprised me when I learned BravoTV was bringing “The Real Housewives” franchise to Salt Lake City. Naturally, I had to watch the show. I mean, the potential writes itself. The lavishness of Park City. The spiritual backdrop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soda shops. Sugary items galore. A much different bar scene than what you get in New York or Orange County.

What’s not to like, right? Well, I wouldn’t be so sure.

Indeed, the premiere episode delivers what you’d expect to see in a show about the elite Utah class. And indeed, religion does play a prominent part. That elite circle includes Lisa Barlow (she considers herself “Mormon 2.0” or “not one to adhere to all of the traditional and strict Mormon rules”), Mary Cosby, (Pentecostal) Heather Gay (who describes herself as “Mormon-ish”), Meredith Marks (Jewish), Whitney Rose (former Latter-day Saint) and Jen Shah (Muslim). There are parties, liquor, mountains, skies and so much more.

You get the puffy snow jackets, a sprinkle of the tech and business world, a look at Sundance, and a few nods to Harmons and super-sized sodas. Utah’s unique culture is definitely there.

But let’s fact check the premiere. The first episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” comes with some misinformation, slight digs and negativity about the church which is headquartered in Utah’s capital city. The show makes false assumptions and is littered with inaccuracies about the church, Salt Lake City residents and the entire vibe of the area. There’s also a lot of alcohol, a ton of sex talk and some mature language, which is fitting for any “Real Housewives” show, but not for a family or church audience.

It’s one of those shows where you’ll only understand the references, jokes and nods if you actually live in Utah. You may find yourself watching “RHOSLC” to spot your house, your neighborhood and your community. But let me be clear — if you’re sensitive to how modern media portrays the church, and how modern pop culture gets things wrong, this isn’t the show for you.

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Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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