The drama continues to play out among the cast of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City as all of Jennie Nguyen’s co-stars unfollow her on Instagram. Newcomer Jennie is just the latest housewife to become embroiled in a scandal involving accusations of racism. RHOSLC cast mate Mary Cosby is still cleaning up her own mess involving her racially insensitive comments (to Jennie) and several of the other franchises are confronting the issue as well. Bravo has recently added women of color to several of the historically white casts, giving them the opportunity to address race-related issues.
Jennie, a Vietnamese-American, has been at both ends of the spectrum when it comes to racial issues during her first season on the show. She has been both the accuser and the accused. Deeply upset by Mary’s comments about the shape of her eyes, Jennie angrily confronted her during a recent episode. Mary attempted to play it off as a compliment, but Jennie wasn’t having it. In an ironic twist, however, Jennie is now on the apology trail for racially charged posts she made on social media. She has explained, “At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were.“
According to Page Six, Jen Shah, Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow have unfollowed Jennie on Instagram in the wake of the controversy. Since then, it appears that Whitney Rose and Heather Gay have followed suit. Each of the women have made posts condemning racist behavior. Marks stressed that, “There is no room in this world for hatred.” Shah responded with, “I must now stand up, on behalf of my husband and sons who are African American, to say that I am deeply offended by the racially insensitive posts and comments.” Lisa Barlow chimed in with, “The posts were harmful and hurtful to a community I love.” Rose declared that she was, “shocked and saddened” by what had surfaced and Gay was, “saddened and disappointed.“
A quick check of Jennie’s Instagram account reveals that, with the exception of Shah, she has unfollowed all of her cast mates as well. This flurry of social media activity comes just a day after the news that Jennie has been shooting for season 3 of RHOSLC. Just yesterday, it was reported that the women (who started production last week) were shocked that Mary Cosby had not shown up to film. Cosby, who may have sealed her fate as housewife by skipping out on the season 2 reunion, has not commented on her employment status and no official word has been issued by Bravo.
The inclusion of women of color into the mostly-white housewife casts has been a long time coming. Progress has been made with the additions of Eboni K. Williams, Garcelle and Crystal Kung Minkoff, but unfortunately, they are also left to bear the brunt, often on-camera, of enlightening the other women about everything from micro-aggressions to outright racism. This often paints them in an undeserved negative light. While most of the women (with the possible exception of Ramona Singer) do their best to understand how they are falling short, it is unfair that these women of color must carry the burden of teaching their cast mates how to behave. It should not be their responsibility. Punishment in the court of the housewives is generally swift and harsh, but not long-lasting. With ever-changing alliances, fans hope that The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City can mend their rifts and ultimately make things right with each other.
Source: Page Six
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