The latest chapter in the ongoing soap opera surrounding “Real Housewives of DC” “stars” Michaele and Tareq Salahi comes from an unlikely quadrant: HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.”
Per the show’s press release, there are apparently lingering concerns about the legitimacy of the polo event that Tareq backed, inviting an obvious question: Even before they allegedly crashed the White House state dinner and began leveling “abuse” charges at Whoopi Goldberg, did Bravo vet these people at all?
Actually, that would be Bravo and the production company, Half Yard Prods., whose principals include Abby Greensfelder, a well-connected D.C. player who is married to New Republic editor Franklin Foer.
As Salahi silliness mounts, though, you have to wonder: Did the parties sit down on the job, or were they interested in a little sizzle by adding “characters” they knew would invite such drama — and then, as so often happens, lose control of them? Frankly, I’ve seen this movie before — you know, the one where you shoot electricity into the monster, then express shock and dismay when he starts terrorizing the villagers.
Here’s HBO’s release. Set TiVo on “oy.”
“Keeping Up With the Salahis.” Michaele and Tareq Salahi burst into the national spotlight last November when
they were investigated for “crashing” President Obama’s first
state dinner at the White House. While the couple remains adamant that
they did nothing wrong, their 15 minutes of fame and controversy has
endured. Among their many high-profile ventures is an annual charity polo
event, “America’s Polo Cup,” which is held at the National
Mall in D.C. and is marketed as a fundraiser for charitable causes.
However, the event has caught the eye of state regulators in Virginia who are
reviewing the couple’s fundraising practices. Correspondent Bernard
Goldberg travels to the nation’s capital in this Real Sports/Sports
Illustrated collaboration to meet the Salahis, and find out why a number of
people who helped the couple put on their annual polo event are now saying the
Salahis didn’t hold up their end of the deal.