thank you for this post. you said everything i was thinking, but too lazy to type, lol.
Originally Posted by ironcat;4156583;If you read the producers' blog on the Bravo website, they clearly side with Kyle, so I tend to think that after spending 4 months following these women around, they have a pretty clear perspective of how things really went down. I doubt they would risk a libel suit by putting it out there that Kim is an alcoholic if it weren't true. However, as the viewers appear to now be strongly on Kim's side if their poll is to be believed (71-29 in Kim's favor), it seems they also clearly underestimated the public's tendency to side with the underdog, even if she is an alcoholic.
My take on the sisters is that both have a lot of resentment towards the other because of their highly dysfunctional childhood, and much of that resentment could probably be laid at their mother's feet, but since she is dead, they are blaming each other, even if they don't acknowledge/realize it. Kim resents that while she was working to support her family, she lost out on a normal childhood, which seems to have saddled her with the social anxiety, awkwardness and retardation she now suffers from, which perhaps in her mind is also responsible for her poor choices in husbands and lack of ability to sustain female friendships, all of which her sister has managed to excell at. Perhaps unconciously she has resisted getting help with her drinking problem, which I suspect has been going on for years, as a way of "paying back"/punishing Kyle by now guilting her into cleaning up Kim's messes.
Kyle OTOH is clearly resentful of having to bail out Kim and cover up for her (until now). If Mauricio has been helping to financially support Kim every month, even though according to reports, Kim received substantial alimony/child support for years (and perhaps pissed a lot of it away due to her lifestyle choices) and shouldn't have needed it, we have no idea how much of a strain that may have put on Kyle's marriage, which she obviously cherishes. Unfortunately as a result, Kyle has chosen, whether wittingly or unwittingly, to take out her frustration directly on Kim with her digs and belittlement, which only serve to further weaken Kim's already tenuous ability to cope with life on her own.
I sincerely hope that if any good comes out of the Richards sisters' appearance on this show, it is that they both get therapy to work out their extremely complicated family issues.