Oh Brandi. Did you catch what the Housewife of Beverly Hills said in this week's episode? It was kind of racist, and she kind of apologized. I know, you're shocked, but let's talk about it anyway. When Joyce Giraud de Ohoven admitted she couldn't swim, Brandi Glanville quipped, "You're black." Facepalm! Apparently no black person has ever learned to swim -- did you know? Fun fact! Also, it's not a fact, it's a ridiculous generalization.
So there was an awkward pause, and then Brandi started babbling: "It was a joke and my black friends would've laughed crazy, 'cause they don't go in the pool because they will get their weave f*cked up ... All my black friends can't swim. Is that bad?" Oh mah gah, what does that wacky word sandwich even mean?!? No wait, before we talk about why I'm shaking my damn head, let's give Brandi one more chance to shove that foot into her gaping maw just a little further.
Brandi called into Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live! show to dig herself a bigger hole explain herself.
I know what I said was definitely inappropriate, but I say a lot of inappropriate things. I'm not racist, I'm just inappropriate 90 percent of the time! It definitely was not sensitive and I apologize to anyone I offended. But to be honest with you, my friends and I joke with each other this way and they're from all different backgrounds. So I'm sorry and I guess TV's not ready for the real Brandi, but should I censor myself? Is that gonna be exciting?
I think it was definitely inappropriate. I'm the least racist person of all time. I think the more you defend it, the more you look guilty, so I don't really have to say that much more. I am very sorry with whomever I defended. Defended. Offended!
So thanks to Brandi, we now have a new racism loophole: Just call it "inappropriate" and then you're well-intentioned but rude instead of outright bigoted. Right. Here's the thing.
1. Racist statements don't have to come from a place of hate. They can come from a place of ignorance or insensitivity. Making a sweeping generalization about an entire group of people, especially when it's inaccurate, even if it's a compliment, is a form of racism. (Those Asians are all so good at math! See what I mean? Ughh, don't ever say that, please.)
2. Having black friends doesn't give you license to say racist things. Having black friends who laugh at your backwards declarations doesn't make you not racist.
3. Yes, actually, if you're on TV, maybe you should kind of watch what you're saying. You call it censorship -- I call it sensitivity and discretion, two rare conversational gems in increasingly short supply these days.
Brandi Glanville is funny, and we love her for saying outrageous things. But sometimes she goes too far, like she did here. I think she knows that, and that's why she apologized. But she can't just chalk it up to being "inappropriate." I kind of wish she just left it to a simple apology and moved on. We don't need to hear her kvetching about censoring herself, for crying out loud.
Anyway, since then Brandi has given a longer apology via blog post.
Do you agree that Brandi's statement was racist?
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