Kim Zolciak would like to make something clear:
Racism actually is still a problem in the world.
She's very sorry for ever insinuating otherwise.
Yes, Zolciak had to go out of her way on Thursday morning to make this point known.
That's because Kim got herself into scalding hot water on Sunday night during part three of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special.
After the reunion itself concluded, Kim, her husband Kroy Biermann, Andy Cohen and several others were in the bathroom for a candid conversation.
And this is what we heard Zolciak say:
"This whole racism thing in this day and age is bullsh-t. Everyone one of those motherf-ckers on that couch owes this world a f-ckin' apology for this racism sh-t.
"They already tried to claim that sh-t long ago... nobody really bought into it because social media wasn't there and racism wasn't all that f-cking real. And you know it."
Ummm.... wow, huh?
Earlier this year, Zolciak WENT OFF on NeNe Leakes, screaming online about how her arch rival has a roach-infested home, which many interpreted as a rather racist remark.
Kim then found herself under pretty constant attack during the reunion.
Chalk up her comments later to frustration or extreme ignorance, but at least she has now made an effort to walk them back.
"During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize," she said today through her publicist, blaming producers a bit by adding:
"Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people."
Zolciak then continued at length.
This is what she had to say about the topic:
Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country's history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination.
My love for ALL people runs deep—I am open to all and always have been.
I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context.
My comment that seemingly 'racism didn't exist 10 years ago' was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate.
Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that 'it's not as real as it is now' referring to the power of social media.
But those remarks didn't make the show.
I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news.
Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action - in real time.
Before we go any further, just a note that you can watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta online below in order to actually hear what Kim said on air:
Finally, in conclusion, Zolciak says the following:
But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn't the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA.
I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do.
I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.
But she won't be doing it via this program, that is, because Zolciak says she's finished.
It's probably for the best, too.
She's done enough damage to her reputation over the past few weeks and would likely benefit from stepping back from the spotlight for a bit.
First, however, we must ask:
Do you want to respond to these accusations of homophobia, Kim?