One of my guilty pleasures is watching trashy, reality TV. One of my favorite shows is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo. Over winter break I got to catch up on the season and even got my dad into it! The show’s cast involves elite housewives in Beverly Hills who are in the same circle of friends. They all have very strong personalities and therefore there is a lot of drama that occurs on the show. The six major housewives include Taylor Armstrong, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer, and Adrienne Maloof as well as one of their common “friends” Brandi Glanville.
In the episode, Uninvited of season 2, a lot of drama unfolded at Kyle’s annual White Party. The party is held at Kyle’s house and includes all white decor and the guests have a dress code of white. All of the housewives were invited but of course there was bound to be an issue between at least two of the housewives. Camille, who was already at the party, didn’t feel comfortable with Taylor’s husband, Russell, coming to the party. Camille had repeated some of things that Taylor had told her about her abusive relationship with Russell. Russell didn’t like that and threaten Camille via e-mail that he was going to sue her for her erroneous statements. This made all the other housewives nervous as well since they didn’t want to be next on Russell’s list. Talk about dramatic.
When Taylor and Russell showed up to the party, Kyle had to go out and uninvited them to her party. Kyle felt so bad since she is friends with Taylor and it was Russell’s fault that she couldn’t come in. Russell and Taylor ended up leaving and it overall created a damper on the party.
According to Robert Nozick, was Taylor and Russell entitled to be allowed into the party?
According to Nozick’s entitlement theory there are three main rules including:
1. A person who acquires a holding in accordance with the principle of justice in acquisition is entitled to that holding.
2. A person who acquires a holding in accordance with the principle of justice in transfer, from someone else entitled to the holding, is entitled to holding.
3. No one is entitled to a holding except by (repeated) applications of 1 and 2.
Based on these rules, I think that Taylor and Russell were entitled to be allowed into the party. In this case, the holding is the invitation. Kyle was originally the holder of the invitation since she had the power to give that holding to someone else. Kyle then transferred her invitation to the Armstrongs who accepted and shown up at the party. The Armstrongs received their invitation by legitimate means and were therefore entitled to the holding. The fact that Kyle and the rest of the housewives took away the Armstrong’s holding was an injustice.