'Real Housewives Of Potomac' Has Authenticity Problems

Amy Feinstein

Perhaps it's because I've lived in the Maryland/D.C. area most of my life, I'm calling foul on the actual reality of the Real Housewives of Potomac. Bravo has really missed the boat on this one, and seems to have tried to interject things thought of as Maryland into a gaggle of common drama queens. It is also hard to imagine why a one time University of Maryland basketball star would agree to participate in this likely short trip on the hot mess express.

The Huffington Post has gotten it spot-on by gathering some actual (skipping the word "real" here, because it doesn't seem to mean anything anymore) women who live in Potomac, Maryland. The locations seem fake, the women seem fake, and what sensible person would have a manicure right before picking crabs? And only people from "somewhere else" would call it a crab boil.

"The Real housewives of Potomac aren't the ones on TV. They're the ones on the sidelines at MSI soccer on Saturday and BCC Baseball on Sunday," said Jami Diese a former Potomac "housewife" from Columbia, Maryland who lived in Potomac for 12 years before moving to Florida to help care for her father-in-law.

And rather than support this part of the franchise, most locals are opting out.

"Too bad Potomac has been portrayed badly in that show. I grew up in Potomac and it was nothing like that show. I am a 'Housewives' fan and will never watch 'Real Housewives of Potomac' ever again."

The most ridiculous part of the premiere episode was the crab feast. If you were going to hire bartenders and waitstaff, why not have someone else STEAM your crabs. We hear they do that now in Maryland. And most people don't wear such fussy clothing, calling in the pros for hair and nails for a backyard crab feast.

"You can buy them cooked," the crowd shouted nearly in unison.

"Crazy gift, crazy person, crazy behavior. I did it lightheartedly," Karen says.

Karen Huger seems to have a lot to prove, as she is from a poor, rural background. She tells everyone who will listen that her husband is the "Black Bill Gates."

"After leading the Terps to the 2002 NCAA championship, Juan was drafted in the 2002 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. Juan also played for the Portland Trailblazers and the Detroit Pistons. Today, the 37-year-old is working as a special assistant coach with the Maryland men's basketball team with head coach Mark Turgeon."

The RHOP just seem insecure and pretentious, which is not something that Maryland wants to be known for.

[Photo courtesy of Bravo]