Many celebrities, like Serena Williams and Chrissy Teigen, are standing strong behind Meghan Markle after her Oprah interview. But Bethenny Frankel isn’t one of them.
In case you missed it, Bethenny Frankel decided to take to Twitter to write vile things about Meghan right before her interview with Oprah aired.
Two days ago Bethenny wrote,
“Cry me a river…the plight of being a game show host, fairly unknown actress, to suffering in a palace, w tiaras & 7 figure weddings for TWO WHOLE YEARS to being a household name w @Oprah on speed dial, fetching 7 m for interviews, hundreds of millions in media deals.”
But that wasn’t all. She then tweeted,
“I 💯 give Harry a break. This isn’t the way to generate less press & cannot be filed under the guise of wanting privacy to prevent a repeat of previous events.”
Finally, she added,
“I chose reality tv, to work towards making $, to be scrutinized & criticized.I took the trappings & the beatings along with it. It’s a rose w petals & thorns. People beg to enter the often toxic institution I signed up for. That WAS the life I chose. You can’t play stupid & smart.”
However, after Meghan’s interview with Oprah aired in which she discussed suicidal ideations, racism, and more horrible experiences over the last few years, Bethenny decided to walk back her comments… sort of.
In a brief and unmoving tweet, Bethenny wrote,
“I watched M & H sit down. Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless. I’m a polarizing, unfiltered(often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview, during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you.”
Everyone knows that an apology that begins and ends with “I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you” is not a genuine one.
On top of that, casually blaming her disgusting words on her reputation for being “polarizing, unfiltered, and flawed,” shows she has absolutely no intention of taking responsibility for what she said.
Meghan’s story proves that no amount of money or fame can protect you from racism. Meghan has been tortured and vilified by the media and the royal family merely for the color of her skin since the day she was first linked to Harry.
For anyone, especially an upper-class white woman, to even pretend to know what she’s been through is horrifying. None of us can even begin to imagine the magnitude of everything Meghan experienced as part of the royal family.
The treatment of Meghan was so horrible that she even began having thoughts of suicide. She told Oprah,
“I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, then I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
“And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. And I remember how [Harry] just cradled me.”
Despite going to “the Institution” for help, Meghan was denied access to mental health care.
Meghan’s interview should be a huge wake-up call for anyone who doesn’t believe that racism is a public health crisis. And no amount of tiaras or wealth can make you immune.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.