The Bravo network has had to apologize for Kenya Moore’s offensive costume during Sunday’s Halloween episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Bravo fans watched in shock as The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore showed up to a Halloween party wearing a Native American costume. The network thought it would be a teachable lesson but, in the end, released an apology to viewers for its insensitivity.
Thus far, Moore has had a questionable season, thanks to her ongoing separation from Marc Daly and her lack of party hosting skills. Fans have been watching the mother of one try serve Daly with divorce papers several times. She also decided to take the women away to South Carolina, where she let them starve and broke the cardinal rule of girl code when BOLO stepped onto the scene. Now her fashion and common sense have been called into question after she showed up wearing an offensive costume to the Halloween party.
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Bravo was forced to release a statement via Page Six after it was called out. The network had hoped the episode would be a “teachable” moment, but it realized it had not given the incident the proper attention it deserved, saying, “We apologize to both the Native American community and our audience as a whole.” Moore also released an apology on Twitter that did not seem genuine due to its quick turnaround.
The mother of one tweeted that she wanted to apologize for “inappropriately wearing the Native American headdress as a costume.” She made note that after the backlash, she now understands that it was in poor taste, saying she “regrets” it. Some of her fellow castmates took issue with the costume as well, with La Toya Ali saying she couldn’t take her seriously since she was taking part in “cultural appropriation.” Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss also made a note of the costume in their confessionals, but no one told her she was wrong to her face.
Fans were disturbed by the episode to see Moore dress as a Native American warrior princess and felt that she was mocking the culture. It goes without saying that allowing these antics only allows these behaviors to become normalized. Bravo viewers are concerned that there have been several issues with their reality stars throughout the multiple franchises and wonder why the network has not implemented classes or protocols for the talent. Everyone needs to do better in order to make sure this type of incident doesn’t happen again.
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Sunday at 9 pm EST on Bravo
Source: Page Six, Kenya Moore
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