Vanderpump Rules. A reality show about Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, SUR (which stands for Sexy Unique Restaurant… actually), and the idiots who work there. Alas, VPR never captured me like my beloved Housewives. Somehow it managed to make dim-witted sociopathic alcoholics boring. Brava, Bravo.
Last week, former VPR star Faith Stowers (who was the only Black woman on the show) went on Instagram Live and accused her two former co-stars, Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder, of dangerous, racist behavior. She says that a couple of years ago, Stassi and Kristen spotted an article about a Black woman wanted for drugging and robbing men, and, despite the fact that the woman in the photos looked nothing like Faith, called the police to pin the crimes on her.
“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people,” Stowers said during the June 2 conversation. “And they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview.”
That’s right, Stassi publicly bragged on a podcast about calling the cops on Faith. And also admitted to calling the military police on her for going AWOL during her time in the army (which wasn’t true, Faith says she was honorably discharged). Around that same time, Kristen tweeted this:
hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?
someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there. https://t.co/4682a7jyzG
— kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽 (@kristendoute) April 26, 2018
People were understandably enraged. And the woman in the picture looks nothing like Faith. This past weekend, after Stassi was dropped from partnerships with razor brand Billie and Ritual vitamins (ah, memories of Lea Michele and HelloFresh), she and Kristen posted apologies:
— kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽 (@kristendoute) June 7, 2020
After their public apologies made headlines, a Twitter user posted a screencap of a conversation with Faith, who claims neither Kristen or Stassi personally apologized to her.
They never even apologized to Faith. It’s all a bunch of performative allyship bs. pic.twitter.com/wISAcnQ2f5
— Ally Sullivan (@AllynyllA) June 8, 2020
Since public apologies are all the rage nowadays, I’d like to post one of my own. Whew, here goes: “I am deeply sorry to everyone who had subject their eyeballs to a post about these SUR (Seriously Unintelligent Racist) ignoramuses. I will do better, I have to do better.”