The following story was posted on Reality Tea a few days ago, so it may be "old news" by now. It got a flurry of responses in the comment section, many removed due to the usual biased censorship, so I thought i would give those posters the opportunity to speak their minds here.
The Real Housewives of New York is obviously NOT having its best season by a longshot. The COVID-19 pandemic and a small group of unmarried ladies has just had a dark vibe throughout the first half of Season 13. And it’s a shame because the show finally hired its first Black castmate Eboni K. Williams, and she’s been receiving a lot of heat from fans and her co-stars.
Eboni has been unapologetic about who she is and what she stands for. She came onto an all-white cast and hasn’t been shy about bringing up acts of racism, white privilege, and microaggressions. She won’t apologize to Luann de Lesseps after Lu referred to her as “angry” and makes her confront the connotations of her words. She wasn’t down with Holla Heather Thomson whitesplaining and being fake woke. Particularly when Holla Heather calls her a “race-baiter” (so gross). And she’s teaching Ramona Singer how to stop being so tone-deaf, which is somewhat working. That is when Ramona’s not running away or being the Apologizer for being born white. Sigh.
The rumor has it that RHONY is due for a cast shakeup after a season of low ratings. While it doesn’t look like the Ramonacoaster will be getting the boot, some fans are calling for Eboni to be one and done. However, her bosses at Bravo have released a statement to stand up for the first Black RHONY lady, and it’s about damn time.
News reports that Bravo is happy with Eboni bringing up conversations about race on the show. As Leah McSweeney said, fans have been asking Bravo to diversify RHONY forever and when they do talk about race, they claim Eboni is “too preachy.” (Thanks Mona for starting that).
The statement from the network reads, “Bravo invited Eboni K. Williams as the first Black woman to join the cast of The Real Housewives of New York to be her authentic self, which has brought a new perspective to the show. We support Eboni in expressing her views, and we are proud that the show is addressing these important and relevant issues.” Boom.
Eboni is not the one “ruining” RHONY by a long shot. She’s bringing something new to the table that everyone can probably learn from.