Season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has seen a drastic change in direction with topics of race and racial justice finally being addressed.
And while many fans are excited to see the housewives discuss these important issues, not everyone is so thrilled. But RHOBH star Kyle Richards stands by the direction of the show.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Kyle said,
“I know that some of the audience sometimes says, ‘Oh, we don’t want to hear about that stuff on the show.’ Some people love it, and some people say they don’t want to hear it. But, that’s what’s happening [in the world].”
“This is a reality show, it’s not scripted. We’re going on what’s really going on in the world, and with us. These things have to be addressed.”
Kyle also said that she was grateful for the conversation she had with co-star Garcelle Beauvais in which Garcelle explained the stereotypes associated with Black people and money.
“I was really happy to have that conversation. I wanted to hear what she had to say, and I wanted to really listen. I always, I liked Garcelle, so for me, having that conversation, it meant a lot to me.”
Kyle isn’t the only one who’s had to learn about racial injustices this season, however. Co-star Sutton Stracke has had to face her own white fragility as she learned about Crystal Kung Minkoff’s history of racism.
At the time, Sutton was unreceptive and immediately shut down Crystal’s attempt to discuss issues of racism. She later apologized on Instagram and wrote,
“It was disrespect to interrupt [Crystal] and not listen to her express her truth. My life is blessed by the diversity of my relationships and I am committed to become a better listener to understand the painful realities experienced by people of color.”
Crystal graciously accepted the apology and wrote,
“Your apology means a lot to me, and I’m sure it means a lot to many others with similar lived experiences. Asian Americans are often expected not to share their opinions, but despite this stereotype, I believe that everyone deserves to be heard.”
Whether viewers like it or not, it looks like we have more race conversations to come this season. So they better out get comfortable with being uncomfortable because it’s time we all pay attention to what’s happening all around us instead of turning a blind eye.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.