The tenth (!) season of Real Housewives of New York City premiered Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for trouble to brew…and we haven’t even gotten to the episode where Lu throws punches in Palm Beach! Instead, she just showed up to a Halloween party dressed in an awful Marge Simpson-on-roids wig and darker shade of bronzer than usual. Lu claimed she was dressed as Diana Ross.
If you ask me, she looks like a British Royal Guard who is just dabbling in some light drag, but I guess that’s Diana? Either way, most people with a working set of eyes noticed Lu had definitely done something to make her skin look darker. Entertainment Tonight’s Nischelle Turner asked her about it. Lu did her typical act of “No, no, you’re mistaken! What you and the forty other people in the room see happening is most certainly not happening!” Lu actually said:
“I had makeup on, but not anything that would make me look– I had like, tanning cream on. I think that the tanning cream, and the big hair piece I have, which was amazing… No, I was doing my version of Diana Ross.
I was being an impersonator for Halloween. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by being Diana Ross for Halloween, it just didn’t even kind of enter my mind. I wasn’t at all worried about that, and all of a sudden it became a thing,” she added. “I’m so sorry. I don’t want it to be a thing, so I apologize if I have offended.”
Lu also appeared on Watch What Happens Live, and Andy Cohen seemed more bothered by her use of an afro wig when Diana Ross was better known for letting her hair down:
I’m sure the wig industry is equally offended she cheapened out and just dyed a massive cotton ball and tossed that on the top of her head! I don’t know what kind of bronzer or tanning oil Lu uses (and I hope y’all noticed she had two different explanations depending on who asked), but it must come from the drag queen collection considering that shit had the consistency of pancake batter. Lu took to Twitter to further explain herself:
I would like to clear the air, I love and respect Diana Ross, this was my tribute to her I was showing my sincere admiration. I in no way altered my skin color and I did not mean to offend anyone.
— Luann de Lesseps (@CountessLuann) April 5, 2018
This is pretty terrible, and I’m a little surprised the producers didn’t step in to prevent Luann from looking like a contestant in a game show to be the new hostess at Paula Deen’s restaurant. Eh, I’m sure they were too busy telling three of her castmates to cut the shit and change into blackface as the other Supremes for the sake of more ratings and attention.