Dallas, terrible? That hurts our feelings.

Dallas, terrible? That hurts our feelings.

Tom Fox

Following up on the huge news about which Dallas-area women would land on-screen for the upcoming Real Housewives of Dallas' first episode, Jezebel writer Bobby Finger went straight for the jugular, comparing Dallas to its apparent arch enemy:

  • "Houston is bad. Dallas is worse."
  • "Houston is ugly. Dallas is uglier."
  • "Houston is where Beyonce was born. Dallas is where JFK was killed."

Our city is cast in a catty Bravo franchise and all of a sudden Dallas is but a washed-up murder town?

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The writer might very well be kidding. (And if he isn't, well, bless his heart.) He does raise a point about how Real Housewives of Dallas might reflect upon our state. Will the five cast members and the "friend of the show" act like Dallas women you can relate to? Will they make us proud? Are all Dallas women so damn fit, beautiful and rich?

The answer to all of those questions is probably no. 

But for what it's worth, the sixth cast member -- "friend of the show" Marie Reyes --  told The Dallas Morning News she wants Real Housewives of Dallas to seem like a genuine look at a certain demographic of Dallas, however crazy the idea seems. Reyes owns a skincare spa and lives in Preston Hollow, so Reyes and her Housewives friends don't look like the rest of us. But being a "regular" Dallasite wouldn't make her eligible for The Real Housewives of Dallas anyhow.   

Here's how part-time cast member Marie Reyes hopes Dallas women look on the show:

"At the end of the day, we wanted to convey that Dallas is real," she says. "It's not the fake makeup. We are people who care about the community we live in. We are people who love our families, love our friends deeply." 

"We want to be seen as compassionate people with a cause and a value system in place that matters."

Might there also be catfights when the season premieres April 11? Absolutely. This is "reality" television. 

Bravo reports the show will also have "glamorous galas, scintillating scandals and enormous egos." If our Dallas women follow through on Bravo's promise, sounds to me like the "worst city in Texas" is a perfect place for some trashy TV.

Marie Reyes, right, is the "friend" on 'Real Housewives of Dallas.' (She's pictured here at Fashion Night Out in Highland Park in 2011.) Reyes is pals with LeeAnne Locken, left, who is one of the five main cast members on the show.

Marie Reyes, right, is the "friend" on 'Real Housewives of Dallas.' (She's pictured here at Fashion Night Out in Highland Park in 2011.) Reyes is pals with LeeAnne Locken, left, who is one of the five main cast members on the show.

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