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Something is off in the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) fandom because I was surprised to find out how many viewers are seeing Kandi Burruss as the villain of season 11. Did I miss something? Nope! Some viewers just have a very short memory when it comes to Porsha Williams.

Everybody knows that things between Porsha and Kandi have been shakey at best since season 9, when Porsha was spreading rumors that Kandi and her husband, Todd Tucker, tried to drug her for a threesome. That went so far beyond petty gossip that it was, as Sheree Whitfield put it, some “deep, deep libel sh-t.” Since then, Kandi and Porsha have (unsuccessfully) tried to repair their friendship. Two seasons after that mess blew up, though, Kandi has somehow become the bad guy and it doesn’t make a lick of sense.
Any time a RHOA post pops up on social media (YouTube included), I’ve noticed that a plethora of commentators are hardcore anti-Kandi. A lot of it centers around Kandi sharing multiple cups of tea about Porsha’s fiancé, Dennis. While all of the standard-issue gossip on RHOA can be super annoying, it’s more than a little unfair that Kandi has been painted as the villain.
Although Kandi had been sitting on some questionable information about Dennis, she wasn’t really chomping at the bit to share it with Porsha. It only came out after NeNe Leakes had spilled the beans to her “little sister.” Things between Kandi and Porsha officially broke down after Porsha was kicked out of Todd’s birthday party. She blamed Kandi for not sticking up for her and clarifying why she and Dennis made an early exit from the bash (supposedly, she was involved in yet another fight).
Kandi wasn’t particularly pressed to clear Porsha’s name, and I can see why. Porsha was far less than a loyal friend to Kandi when she took Phaedra Parks’ lies for gospel truth, gleefully repeating them all over Atlanta. Those rape accusations could have followed Kandi for life and destroyed everything she ever built for herself. We’re just going to act like Porsha wasn’t out here being super wreckless with Kandi’s name and reputation? While a person can only say “sorry” so many times, Porsha’s apologies felt mediocre in comparison to how enthusiastically she spread those rumors about Kandi. After that, the Kandi Koated entrepreneur really doesn’t owe Porsha a thing.
That’s why I have a really hard time seeing Porsha as a victim. If anything, she is simply getting back the bad juju she’s been putting out there for years. Porsha should be applauded for seeking help for her anger management issues, but it cannot be denied that she has built up quite a reputation for herself. Outside of her relationship with Kandi, Porsha has been known to clash with Kandi’s circle of friends/employees–this is despite the fact that she had been given a starring role in Kandi’s stage play, “A Mother’s Love.” Porsha’s also gotten in trouble for brawling at a Christmas Party and for attacking Cynthia Bailey during a boat trip. And who can forget the time that she literally dragged Kenya Moore during a reunion?
Kandi’s witnessed how Porsha can flip flop on her and others. She knows that it is only a matter of time before Porsha pulls another stunt, so that’s probably why she’s rightfully keeping her at arm’s length. Kandi has never backed down from conflict, but her problems with Porsha have just continued to get worse over the years. While Kandi may no longer extend herself for her castmate like she used to, that definitely does not make her an RHOA villain. Besides, if people keep coming to her with tea on Porsha, who can blame her for keeping it under a tight lid until she needs it?
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