Rihanna is society’s litmus test for what’s cool or lame. She wears body glitter once, and it’s “back from the dead.” She calls Snapchat out (via its competitor Instagram Stories), and the company’s value immediately drops a reported $600 million.
So, good news for all you Vanderpump Rules fans out there: Don’t feel guilty if you’ve wasted hours of your life watching Scheana Marie tell that one story about her boyfriend hanging a TV on the wall. There’s no shame in being genuinely invested in Jax Taylor’s—sorry, Jason Cauchi’s—Reiki progress. The money you’ve spent at SUR, Pump, and Villa Blanca is totally valid. Why? Because Rihanna just gave the Bravo reality show her seal of approval on Instagram.
“Easily the best clip on TV,” she captioned a scene from the cast’s recent trip to Mexico. “Whoever edited this…we’re besties in my head.” The particular clip she’s describing is unquestionably a season high: Tom Schwartz can’t remember much about his night out, so the editors help him out with a montage that includes tequila shots, more tequila shots, James Kennedy taking his shirt off, wooden penis flutes, wooden penis flutes hitting Tom’s face, and drunken kissing:
But, as I’m sure Rihanna knows, this scene is just a small, bright blip in the scope of the show. Six seasons in, and it continues to deliver. Vanderpump Rules is truly about nothing—the drunken adventures of some barely-employed restaurant staff in West Hollywood sums it up—and yet I’m hard-pressed to name a more captivating show on TV right now.
This season has just given us so much. LaLa Kent, a grown woman who praises her “little kitty cat” for taking “that D like a champ” and sucks on an actual baby bottle when she’s feeling anxious, has emerged as a new feminist hero. A scene that involves aspiring DJ James Kennedy screaming “It’s not about the pasta!” feels like a dramatic monologue worthy of a Broadway stage. And just when we’re ready to write him off as irredeemable, he tears up while describing the intense bullying he faced as a kid. Speaking of moving stories, how shocked were you to hear Katie Maloney’s tale of falling through a skylight? We’ve also watched a man face his own mortality: first in a near-death experience at Big Bear Lake and then in a Las Vegas robot bar. There have been cheating scandals, heartbreak, and even a dip into #MeToo conversations.
All these gifts, and the season’s still going. It’s hard to imagine how things could get any better, unless…Rihanna, what if you joined the show? Kristen Doute seems up for it: