Will Kim Zolciak’s racism cost her ‘Don’t Be Tardy?’ She says she was ‘taken out of context’


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Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has been called out by her costars multiple times for being racist, which she of course denies. The last we reported on Kim she was vowing never to return to RHOA, and now that we’ve seen the reunion episode we know why. After Kim got exposed for starting drama with her costars of color and lying about it, Kim was blatantly racist, claiming that they were ganging up on her and trying to play the victim. (I’m primarily going on recaps including this excellent YouTube recap by Empressive calling Kim out for her lies and hypocrisy.) She saidYou know why you have not found another white woman to sit on that motherf-r? Because nobody is dumb enough to do that! Put yourself in my shoes — five African-American women.Wow. OK.

Kim denied she was racist because she’s a liar completely lacking in self awareness and then she denied racism exists! She really did this. She said, in part, “This whole racism thing in this day in [sic] age is bulls-t. Everyone of those motherf-rs on that couch owe this world a f’ing apology for this racism sh-t! They already tried to claim that sh-t long ago, Sheree, as you know. Nobody bought into it then because the social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t all that real..”

By way of an “apology,” Kim posted an Instagram yesterday claiming she was edited to appear that way and that she didn’t say that racism doesn’t exist, just that it was magnified by social media or something. It’s hard to follow her train of thought.

During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people.

Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been.

I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that “it’s not as real as it is now” referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show.

I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time.

But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA.
I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do.

I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.

[From Instagram]

Notice how she used “All people” multiple times and claimed she was edited to appear like she was denying racism exists, but then she doubled down on her comments that racism is “more real” because of social media. She dismissed it as a “centuries-old issue” that’s overblown by social media and she used “all people” to act as if it’s not relevant.

After the RHOA reunion aired, US Magazine claimed that filming had stopped on Kim’s spinoff show, Don’t Be Tardy, and that her team had “halted all production while her lawyers have been working around the clock to investigate and deal with the final episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion.” So it sounds like Kim was hoping to sue or otherwise hurt the other women for calling her out but that she ultimately decided to issue this non-apology.

Hopefully Bravo will realize that Kim is toxic and racist and that she doesn’t deserve her own show. Don’t Be Tardy should be canceled. How does Kim have her own show while NeNe and none of the other women do?

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Botox induced insanity..

    • Anna says:

      Exactly. Her insanity is written all over her lips. Her lying is infuriating and I am positive that she is prejudiced against “All People”. I did watch the RHOA reunion but I haven’t seen her show. When the reunion show ended my first thought was..”I hope this creep’s show is instantly cancelled” Her karma has to be complete sheet.

  2. Astrid says:

    those are seriously frightening lips

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Yep…and the words that pass through them are also seriously frightening. How could anybody, even that PlayDoh-lipped, brain-deprived c-u-next-Tuesday seriously claim racism doesn’t exist?

      Tell that to the families of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland…and on and on and on.

      And seriously, is ANYTHING real about that chick? Aside from her ignorance, I mean.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I really can’t understand how she thinks that looks good.

      I get enhancing your lips, to a certain point, if you have very thin ones. but THIS? she looks like a cartoon character.

  3. Froggy says:

    Those lips in the second to last pic will give me nightmares.

  4. Veronica S. says:

    1.) Holy shit, her face. What has she done to it??

    2.) My friend said she can’t bring herself to watch RHOA (despite being an RH fanatic) because of the black housewives issue. Not because of they are black, specifically, but because given the way the show is sort of meant to highlight the fundamental ridiculousness of the wealthy, it makes her feel uncomfortable as a white woman to essentially laugh at financially successful black women. I’m starting to see what she’s talking about if this is the only white woman on the show. It’s a social dynamic you just can’t entirely remove even with the economic context.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I stopped after the Kenya/Porsha brawl.

    • Clare says:

      My issue is more how the women are portrayed. In no other franchise are women portrayed as being so outrageously verbally and physically aggressive – and I do believe a huge part of that is the editing.

      • Whatabout says:

        The real housewives of New Jersey are really aggressive and have gotten physical too.
        I really like the Atlanta women because they seem to genuinely have fun with each other. The other franchises you can tell that they hate each other and are there to sell whatever they have going on.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “I do believe a huge part of that is the editing”

        to a certain extent, yes…they DO play up and encourage the drama, for sure…however…

        …I remember one of the early cast members of The Real World (MTV) saying that she was initially upset with how she was portrayed in the footage of her that aired, but then she said she realized that “they use what you give them”…if you don’t give them the drama and the verbal/physical aggression, it’s not available for them to use.

      • effeff says:

        Do you watch all the franchises? New Jersey has had several outright brawls, and OC has had their share of brawls, wine throwing, etc. But I do think it is more consistently referenced in the editing on Atlanta.

      • Tracy says:

        have you watched New Jersey. RHOA spar with their mouths not their hands

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      Your friend’s discomfort watching the show made me stop and think for a bit. On one hand, the Atlanta Housewives are just as exceedingly wealthy and frivolous as any of the other franchises. Not viewing them like the others seems kind of patronizing. Everyone understands the Housewives are caricatures of wealthy successful women.

      On the other hand, we aren’t spoilt for choice in portrayals of successful black women represented in media and entertainment. RHOA being one of the few (and most popular non-fictional) options does seem messed up. I guess I err on the side of “what’s good for goose…” but I understand the discomfort.

  5. Goldengirllover34 says:

    Kim is racist and is probably the worst kind. She thinks she isn’t, doesn’t listen to criticism from black women, and argued that she is being attacked. She plays the victim card which is dangerous. There is so much to unpack here but one of the issues is when Kim is saying these women are attacking her. Luvvie Ajayi just wrote an article on the use of white women’s tears as a weapon against black women. Black women shared their stories about how white women may have viewed any action by the black woman as an attack, cried about being attacked, and the black woman was reprimanded or lost her job. This was also displayed in a video clip that has been shared on social media from a Canadian debate show where a black R&B singer (whose name escapes me) was accused of attacking the white woman she was debating with because she voiced her opinion.

    The action of not listening and instead accusing a black person of attacking you when he or she is providing criticism is a dangerous tool that warrants further discussion when speaking about racial dynamics.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Not so different from another (orange) racist who shall not be named.

    • Veronica S. says:

      It’s not just white woman – we watched McCain pull the same stunt during the presidential debates with Obama, getting him to apologize for the accusations of racism thrown at him. It’s a common tactic employed by oppressors because it superficially places the victim role by replacing an abstract (the greater issue of prejudice) with a concrete emotional reaction (“you’ve hurt my feelings!”). It’s just more insidious when white women do it because we can use our femaleness to discredit the idea that we’re privileged by our white skin. Which we absolutely are, don’t get me wrong, but you see the same thing with gay white men – their one minority issues allows them to pretend they don’t have all of the other privileges at hand. It’s why intersectionality in movements is so important.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I LOVE Luvvie! she’s great, so smart and makes such good points.

    • HK9 says:

      @Goldengirllover34 Her name was Jully Black and since I’m a CBC radio listener I was listening when that happened. Jully stood her ground and I’m glad she did.

    • Vet says:

      The reason why Kim received her own show is because Bravo had her under a seven year contract. All the other women would not film with her. She is the one who said I don’t want to hang around them eating fried chicken. The things she just said recently, are no comparisons to all the nasty things she has said in the past. That is why she wouldn’t answer NeNe when she said how did you get your own show?

  6. Kitty says:

    This reminds me of a comment I saw earlier on a Facebook article about the Tom brokaw(?) allegations. The woman said she was so sick of all the allegations and wished it would end, she also said she has worked for years and has never been harassed, that was her reason for not believing other people. kims excuse for her racist comments is that racism doesn’t exist, the lady on Facebook didn’t believe women were being harassed in the work place because she had never been through it. What is wrong with theses women

    • Kitten says:

      White people not believing in the existence of racism because they themselves have never experienced it is a tale as old as time. Still, it takes a serious level of delusion, insularity and selfishness to ignore black voices who are not only experiencing or witnessing these acts firsthand, but often times recording them. It’s f*cking irrefutable. Yet some white people will continue to deny so that they can feel better about themselves.

      • S says:

        Sing it! If anyone doubted this crocodile tear-cryin’ monster was delusional AF, consider that her home has mirrors, and she thinks they’re reflecting great beauty.

      • Laur says:

        Sadly my OH makes comments like this sometimes, that it doesn’t exist now, when we know full well that it does. It really frustrates me when he comes across in such an ignorant way, he’s so isolated in his little bubble that he can’t see it. I’m a white woman so recognise that I’m not going to experience it myself but I’m aware enough of it to know it exists, I come across it on an almost daily basis in my line of work.

  7. queenE says:

    I wouldn’t stand near an open flame if I was her

  8. DesertReal says:

    Watching it on demand the next day with my husband, I gasped so loudly when she went off, that I woke him up.
    It was seriously so crazy I had to rewind it twice, just to be sure.
    There were no abrupt cuts in her sentences.
    She said what she said, and everyone just sort of stared at her in shock.

    The writing is definitely on the wall for that broad.

  9. HK9 says:

    It wasn’t edited out of context. She spent the reunion lying about what she said (they literally played back to tape several times to confirm she was lying). Her conversation she had with Andy – I love drama- Cohen at the end was quite clear-and even he had enough of her and was clear about that too.

    People need to know that racism is the stuff that this woman does, not burning crosses on people’s lawns ok? We know what she said, we know what she meant and we know that she and her toxic lips need to have allllll the seats.

  10. S says:

    To stand out as the most tacky, tragic, ignorant trash amongst a group of women who willingly signed up to be on a Real Housewives franchise is really … something.

    I know many love, and love to hate, these shows, but giving people—and I use that term in reference to this plastic monstrosity loosely—like this dumpster fire a platform is inexcusable.

    Seems physically impossible, but she’s even dumber than she looks.

  11. Kitten says:

    She looks hideous. The lips, the hair, the whole thing. Awful.

  12. Bridget says:

    Andy showing that last part, and the way the Reunion clearly called Kim on her BS, tells me that they’re done with Kim. I just assumed that once they aired that, Bravo was getting out of the Wig business.

  13. Janey says:

    Prom season there on the couch? I’m confused.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I can’t unsee ‘White Chicks.’ Only the Wayans looked better? Gasp.

  15. Clare says:

    Miss ‘Racism doesn’t exist’ needs to go visit the new memorial in Alabama, which attempts to acknowledge/name the many thousands of black victims of lynch mobs. But hey. it wasn’t so bad because there was no social media to blow it out of proportion. F OFF.

  16. naomipaige says:

    She is butt ugly! I blame Andy for having all of these trashy Housewives shows, and for giving this trash bag her own show.

  17. Lisa says:

    Okay, what the fuck? If a surgeon did that to my mouth, I’d be pissed.

    And yes, she is a racist. She’s just not smart enough to realize it.

  18. CoffeeWench says:

    I look at her face and see a very sick person. No one who is happy and truly loves themselves would try so hard to look so fake.

  19. Q T Hush says:

    A-holes come in every color, and Kim is a member of this club. She is a narcissist in the first degree and cares only about how the world relates to her. Kim is NOT a valued member of society so let’s just cancel her now.

  20. Pam says:

    Doctors should be sued for making the public have to look at lips like that. And it’s not just Kim’s lips. Khloe Kardashian anybody? They just look painful!

  21. MinAZ10 says:

    Those lips…so hilarious!! 😂😂

  22. jana says:

    I can’t believe this complete moron with no morals, bad plastic surgery and a drinking problem, has lasted this long on television…even if it is Bravo.

  23. NewKay says:

    She’s been racist from the beginning. Even before she called her black assistant her slave. She’s always been racist and she married a racist. So don’t know why this is such a shock. Her husband didn’t want her in the show becuase it was full of black Women. He made that pretty clear and she only came back when he was out of football and they were desperate for money. Racist racist racist racist racist.