cynthia bailey divorce

Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas' marriage has always been rocky to say the least.

Even before they got married there was tension between them around his financial difficulties and business failures.  She recently explained that she has funded his various businesses since she's known him—despite him claiming for the last few seasons that he didn't need her income.

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Then there were the huge problems between him and her mother and sister.  The wedding episode where they hid the marriage license right before the ceremony, caused a huge rift, which Cynthia was constantly in the middle of. Cynthia's sister Malorie has always been there to offer her support but has never hidden her dislike of her brother-in-law.

Peter, 56, meanwhile, has always inserted himself fully in the housewives' business—something which the other ladies did not take kindly to.  During one fight NeNe Leakes famously called Thomas "a little bitch", a comment which ultimately led to the downfall of the friendship between Cynthia and NeNe, something Peter was pretty happy about.

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Despite the formidable Ms Leakes being out of their lives (well, before they made up again at least), the Bailey/Thomas marriage crumbled during the last season of Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Peter now lives (and allegedly plays) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at the end of March Cynthia confirmed they were living separate lives, telling UsWeekly;

"I am spending time with my daughter and taking some time for myself.  Whatever the future holds for my marriage, I have given over to God."

The marriage has been dogged by cheating rumors and many fans of the Bravo show can't believe that Cynthia would want to try to make things work with him when he seems to make every excuse to be away from her, doubt herself and her friendships as well as (allegedly) playing away. Hell there's even been rumors that he's slept with at least one of the other housewives from the show! (Could this possibly explain why Cynthia went postal on Porsha during season eight?)

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The 48 year old model turned businesswoman went on Radio Andy in March and spoke of their difficulties;

"We're the only couple on The Real Housewives of Atlanta that was actually married on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. We've never been married outside of the show, and I don't think that has helped us a lot.

Maybe if we were married three years before we got on the show, that would've been better. I just have nothing to compare my marriage to outside of being on the show.

It's just been difficult. I mean, the wedding was difficult. Everything about our marriage has been difficult."

Well it seems it's about to get a whole lot more difficult.

A source close to Peter told MediaTakeOut.com that he was lawyering up for the fight that's to come and that he is going after half of Cynthia's Bravo earnings;

"Peter is no fool. He sacrificed a lot for Cynthia during their marriage. He was unpaid for many seasons on [Housewives] and he did it because he believed that all the money that was coming in was for him and Cynthia.

I'm not saying that the marriage is over. But if it is, Peter will be looking to divide up their assets, and get half of all Cynthia's Bravo checks going forward."

Thomas called BS on that quote, but went on radio station Power 98 in Charlotte, giving what can only be described as attempt at a face saving PR interview. He talked about his marriage and blamed being on the show as the main factor in it's demise.

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He's now quit the show (or was he pushed?), claiming that he did it so that any marriage downfall wouldn't be played out on on TV (a bit late for that now).  Bearing in mind it's never bothered him before, he just loves the spotlight, that is a big sign that the situation is irretrievable. He also says he hasn't been paid for his appearances during the seasons he's appeared—which pretty much confirms the denied quote above.  On a side note, if that is the case, why would he feel obliged to 'work' the 18 hour days he's bitching that they have to put in during filming?

cynthia bailey divorce

Divorce papers haven't officially been filed yet, but it seems pretty clear that the writing is on the wall for this reality couple.  Cynthia recently told NBC's New York Live

"Peter is in Charlotte, and as you can see, I’m in New York. We’re definitely not together. I have been taking some time for myself to just kind of figure out how I would like to move forward. We haven’t officially done anything at this point, but we are definitely talking about taking steps to officially move forward in a different direction.

I can only do but so much...at some point, nothing has to be that hard."

Well get ready Cynthia, cos it's gonna get even harder—Peter will not be going quietly—check out his Instagram post and watch this space!

cynthia bailey divorce

cynthia bailey divorce

cynthia bailey divorce

CULTURE

Nazi-Chic: The Aesthetics of Fascism

Let's take a look at Nazi-inspired fashion.

Villains always have the best outfits.

From Darth Vader's polished black space armor to The Joker's snazzy purple suit, bad guys always seem to show up their protagonists in the fashion department.

Way more handsome than Batman. static.giantbomb.com

But could there possibly be a real world equivalent to the type of over-the-top villain fashion often found in fiction? It would have to be sleek and imposing, austere and dangerous. Probably black.

Maybe it's him. Maybe it's fascist ideology.

Oh, right.

Let's call a spade a spade. From an aesthetic standpoint, the Nazi SS outfit is very well-designed. The long coat tied around the waist with a buckle portrays a slim, sturdy visage. The leather boots and matching cap look harsh and powerful. The emblem placements on the lapel naturally suggest rank and authority. And the red armband lends a splash of color to what would otherwise be a dark monotone. If the Nazi uniform wasn't so closely tied with the atrocities they committed during WWII, it wouldn't seem out of place at Fashion Week. Perhaps not too surprising, considering many of the uniforms were made by Hugo Boss.

Pictured: A real thing Hugo Boss did. i.imgur.com

Of course, today, Nazi uniform aesthetics are inseparable from the human suffering doled out by their wearers. In most circles of civilized society, that's more than enough reason to avoid the garb in any and all fashion choices. But for some, that taboo isn't a hindrance at all–if anything, it's an added benefit.

As a result, we have Nazi chic, a fashion trend centered around the SS uniform and related Nazi imagery.

History of Nazi Chic

For the most part, Nazi chic is not characterized by Nazi sympathy. Rather, Nazi chic tends to be associated with counterculture movements that view the use of its taboo imagery as a form of shock value, and ironically, anti-authoritarianism.

The movement came to prominence in the British punk scene during the mid-1970s, with bands like the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees displaying swastikas on their attire alongside other provocative imagery.

Very rotten, Johnny. i.redd.it

Around this time, a film genre known as Nazisploitation also came to prominence amongst underground movie buffs. A subgenre of exploitation and sexploitation films, Naziploitation movies skewed towards D-grade fare, characterized by graphic sex scenes, violence, and gore. Plots typically surrounded female prisoners in concentration camps, subject to the sexual whims of evil SS officers, who eventually escaped and got their revenge. However, the most famous Nazisploitation film, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, flipped the genders.

The dorm room poster that will ensure you never get laid. images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com

Ilsa was a female SS officer and the victims were men. She spent much of the movie wearing her Nazi uniform in various states, sexually abusing men all the while. As such, Ilsa played into dominatrix fantasies. The movie was a hit on the grindhouse circuit, inspiring multiple sequels and knock-offs and solidifying Nazi aesthetics as a part of the BDSM scene.

Since then, Nazi chic fashion has been employed by various artists, from Madonna to Marilyn Manson to Lady Gaga, and has shown up in all sorts of places from leather clubs to character designs in video games and anime.

Lady Gaga looking SS-uper. nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com

Nazi Chic in Asia

Nazi chic has taken on a life of its own in Asia. And unlike Western Nazi chic, which recognizes Nazism as taboo, Asian Nazi chic seems entirely detached from any underlying ideology.

A large part of this likely has to do with the way that Holocaust education differs across cultures. In the West, we learn about the Holocaust in the context of the Nazis committing horrific crimes against humanity that affected many of our own families. The Holocaust is presented as personal and closer to our current era than we might like to think. It is something we should "never forget." Whereas in Asia, where effects of the Holocaust weren't as prominent, it's simply another aspect of WWII which, in and of itself, was just another large war. In other words, Nazi regalia in Asia might be viewed as simply another historical military outfit, albeit a particularly stylish one.

In Japan, which was much more involved with WWII than any other Asian country, Nazi chic is usually (but not always) reserved for villainous representations.

OF COURSE. i.imgur.com

That being said, J-Pop groups like Keyakizaka46 have publicly worn Nazi chic too, and the phenomena isn't limited to Japan.

In South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand, Nazi imagery has shown up in various elements of youth culture, completely void of any moral context. For instance, in Indonesia, a Hitler-themed fried chicken restaurant opened in 2013. And in Korea, K-Pop groups like BTS and Pritz have been called out for propagating Nazi chic fashion. Usually such incidents are followed by public apologies, but the lack of historical understanding makes everything ring hollow.

Implications

So the question then: is Nazi chic a bad thing?

The answer is not so black and white.

On one hand, seeing Nazi chic on the fashion scene may dredge up painful memories for Holocaust survivors and those whose family histories were tainted. In this light, wearing Nazi-inspired garb, regardless of intent, seems disrespectful and antagonistic. Worse than that, it doesn't even seem like a slight against authority so much as a dig at actual victims of genocide.

But on the other hand, considering the fact that even the youngest people who were alive during WWII are edging 80, "forgetting the Holocaust" is a distinct possibility for younger generations. In that regard, perhaps anything that draws attention to what happened, even if it's simply through the lens of "this outfit should be seen as offensive," might not be entirely bad. This, compounded by the fact that Nazi chic is not commonly associated with actual Nazi or nationalistic sentiments, might be enough to sway some people–not necessarily to wear, like, or even appreciate its aesthetics, but rather to understand its place within counterculture.

Ultimately, one's views on Nazi chic likely come down to their own personal taste and sensibilities. For some, Nazi chic is just a style, an aesthetic preference for something that happens to be mired in historical horror. For others, the shadow of atrocity simply hangs too strong.

Man, those housewives are getting physical now!

Filming is currently underway for the Season 8 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, and there was Bravo all worried that with NeNe Leakes out of the picture, there wouldn't be enough drama.

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Well hell were they wrong!  It's been leaked that two cast members, namely Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey got into a verbal catfight which culminated in Cynthia kicking Porsha in the stomach.  Thank goodness the Bravo cameras were there to capture it on camera!

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They were on a boat trip with co-stars Kenya Moore and Kim Fields and the pair got into it over something trivial.  Things got heated, with Porsha calling Cynthia a bitch, and Cynthia walked away, with Kim following to console her.  Now Porsha has proven in the past that she's not one to let things go, so in typical dog-with-a-bone fashion, she went over to where Bailey was sitting down to start it up again.

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Porsha got in Cynthia's face and that's when Cynthia's self defense training came into good use.  She kicked out at Porsha, landing one in her stomach! Boy she must have been pissed!  Producers stepped in and Porsha left shortly afterwards to get checked out in hospital, where she was hooked up with some pain meds.

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A source has told E!News that Porsha is not planning to press charges and that, in true reality style, the pair just want to "move forward".

The really shocking take away from this story is that there was a fight and Kenya Moore wasn't involved! WTF??