If you’re a Vanderpump Rules fan, then by now, you’ve likely caught wind of the allegations of racism and bullying that Faith Stowers directed at multiple cast members last week.
Stowers says that the worst abuse she endured during her time on the show came from Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute, who called the cops on her because they believed that Faith resembled a robbery suspect they saw on a local news broadcast.
Obviously, Faith was not the culprit, but that didn’t stop Stassi from piling insult on top of potential injury by regaling interviewers with her account of the story and laughing about the time she tried to sic the LAPD on her co-worker.
Needless to say, this is bad. Very bad.
This is the sort of scandal that could bring about the end of Vanderpump Rules, especially coming, as it does, on the heels of numerous other incidents in which the cast has been accused of bigotry, bullying, transphobia, and all sorts of other repugnant behavior.
Prior to the Stassi/Kristen mess there were calls to have Jax Taylor fired from the show as a result of repeated homophobic comments and online bullying.
You would think that with all of this going on, the rest of the cast members would be on their best behavior.
But amazingly, in a recent exchange with fans, Taylor’s wife, Brittany Cartwright, was unable to keep her casual bigotry from showing.
"Can you please address the racism regarding Faith Stowers, calling her hair ‘nappy’ as well as complicit support of the cops being called on her?" a follower asked on Cartwright’s Instagram page.
"I had NOTHING to do with that," Brittany replied.
"She knows I don’t have a racist bone in my body. She hurt me really bad and never once apologized."
Yes, as is so often the case, Brit’s claim regarding her lack of racism bone was followed by some pretty problematic remarks.
"I haven’t spoken to her since the night I found out [Jax cheated], and I did not say anything about nappy hair," Cartwright said, referring to Stowers.
"I yelled at her and did that rightfully so like any other human being would if they had just found out what I did," Brit said.
"If she ever even tried one time to apologize to me I could have forgiven her like I did Jax but she never did or even showed remorse for how bad she hurt me."
Cartwright added that she had been "nothing but nice and kind to her up until that point."
"I had nothing to do with any cops," she further clarified.
"She knows that I have NEVER once spoken publicly about her. It’s a shame I’m getting dragged into this whenever I have finally been able to move on with my life."
Brittany is likely telling the truth about the fact that she wasn’t involved in the cop incident, but jeez, read the room a little, Brit.
Are you really demanding an apology from a victim of your racist friends?
Are you suggesting that you would have been an ally and stood up for her if she had first begged your forgiveness?
Need we remind you that it’s your husband who owes you an apology for sleeping with another woman, not the other woman?
Part two of the Vanderpump Rules reunion special is scheduled to air on Bravo tonight.
The episode was filmed several weeks ago, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show handles this latest controversy.
Here’s hoping they just sit this one out and air a rerun — maybe one of the episodes in which Faith handles the rest of the cast’s BS with dignity and grace.