(L-R) Anna Shay and Christine Chiu in episode 1 “Necklacegate 90210” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger

The Guilt-Free Escapism of "Bling Empire"

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So, this weekend, very much like my other weekends for the past 10 months, has been spent at home. On a lazy Saturday afternoon where I was picking between reading a book, playing my Nintendo Switch, and going to the mall, I instead opened Netflix. With no idea on what to watch, I clicked on one of the recommended series – Bling Empire. The reality TV show full of glamour and glitz engulfed me for the next few hours. Bling Empire has been my guilt-free escape for the weekend and here’s why.

Diamond and Drama of the Bling Empire

Bling Empire follows a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends (and frenemies) in Los Angeles. While their days and nights are filled with fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, don’t let the glitz and glamour fool you. Between running multi-billion dollar businesses and traveling the world, these friends are as good at keeping secrets as they are at spilling them. And there is certainly no shortage of secrets.

Kevin Kreider in episode 1 “Necklacegate 90210” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger
Kevin Kreider in episode 1 “Necklacegate 90210” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger

Personally, I am not a fan of reality TV shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I am more of a Survivor, RuPaul’s Drag Race, or America’s Next Top Model kind of guy. Following the lives of famous celebrities did not exactly excite me. However, when I gave Netflix’s new reality show a shot, I was hooked few minutes in.

Who would have thought that the heiresses and uber rich Asian people living in America would be living such dramatic scenarios like we do?

Drama is a Universal Thing in Bling Empire

Take for example the pilot episode where we saw two women collide: Anna Shay and Christine. They are rich, so what could be the problem? Well, apparently, a lot. One does not want to be upped by the other. So, when Christine wore a necklace that Anna similarly owns, drama fueled the episode. As they say, there can only be one supreme.

(L-R) Kane Lim, Jaime Xie and Kevin Kreider in episode 8 “Will You Marry Me?” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger
(L-R) Kane Lim, Jaime Xie and Kevin Kreider in episode 8 “Will You Marry Me?” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger

But that is just one of the many plotlines the show focused on. We also have the problematic relationship of Kelly with her gaslighting boyfriend, Andrew. Also, we got to follow Kim Lee’s search for her biological father, similar to Kevin’s heritage plot. And then there is the penis pump-gate. Yea, it was messy so better see it for yourself.

Bling Empire has definitely been one decadent experience that had me uttering expletives under my breath with the excesses of the rich. But at the same time, it was very satisfying to witness the problems and drama that they endure.

Bling Empire Key Art Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger
Bling Empire Key Art Courtesy of Netflix © 2021 | The Little Binger

Maybe it is a reminder that, at the end of the day, whether you are poor or filthy rich, drama and scandal will follow you. Drama is universal. And if you will ask who my favorites are: Anna and Kevin! I wish to be as rich as Anna but if that is not possible, I just wish to be like Kevin and have rich friends. lol

Bling Empire is now streaming its eight episodes on Netflix.


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