Inside the 'RHOP' Colorism Controversy and Gisele Bryant and Robin Dixon's Reactions

Inside the ‘RHOP’ Colorism Controversy and Gisele Bryant and Robin Dixon’s Reactions

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Long before Bravo took the camera to lesser-known destinations like Salt Lake City, The Real Housewives of Potomac introduced us to a quaint, affluent town near Washington, DC. The series takes viewers to her DMV’s prim and proper side with the help of OG cast members Karen Huger, Gisele Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robin Dixon, Chalice Jackson Jordan, and Katie Lost. I was. However, since the series premiere, the show has drawn attention for not being very elegant.

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Over the years, fans have felt that some of RHOP’s cast benefited directly from colorism. An act of colorism, bigotry or discrimination, particularly within a racial or ethnic group, that favors light-skinned people over dark-skinned people, has a negative impact on the black community and other minorities, It has been reported to influence the cast of the series.

Here’s what we know about the RHOP colorism controversy, and what the cast said about the claim.

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(Left): Mia Thornton, Gisele Bryant, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robin Dixon, and Wendy Osefo pose for

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Accusations of colorism have plagued ‘RHOP’ since season one.

Prior to RHOP, The Real Housewives of Atlanta was the only show in the Real Housewives franchise to feature a black woman in the cast. That changed when Potomac arrived, but the cast had their own issues with race.

In season 1, Vulture criticized the show for mostly having fair-skinned women (Giselle, Robin, Karen, Ashley, Katie) and having only one dark-skinned woman (Karis) in the cast. and Robin were also criticized for comments about Katy’s background as a half white, half black woman.

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In Season 3, the appearance of Candiace Dillard Bassett further fueled the accusations of colorism. When Candace arrived on the show, she immediately verbally defended herself from her castmates. He said he received a lot of criticism from fans about.

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Candace also accused Ashley of pointing “microaggressive words and words” at her on RHOP, which Ashley denied. Although called “aggressive,” Ashley said she wouldn’t be called over her altercation.

(Left): Candiace Dillard-Bassett and Wendy Osefo at Bravocon 2022.

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Wendy Osefo joined the cast in Season 5 and also experienced colorism from her co-stars. When they returned for season 7, fans accused Gisele and Robin of “bullying” Wendy. Candace felt it had something to do with Wendy’s skin color.

In November 2022, Candiace called out her castmates after Wendy held a “burn session” for the cast to express her displeasure. Wendy shared on the show that she hosted the session because she felt “condescending” to Gisele, Robin, and some other women when they talked to them. .

Candace, who live-tweeted the episode, objected to Wendy’s olive branch, and her co-star acted no different from her fair-skinned counterpart.

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“All BS aside. I can’t accept that Wendy has to ‘own’ something that can be a little condescending… She rolls her eyes or neck.” (Me included.) Wendy is darker and better at refuting than most.

(Left): Wendy Osefo and Candace Dillard Bassett

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Gisele Bryant and Robin Dixon deny the accusations of colorism.

While the cast was traveling to Miami, Wendy and another light-skinned cast member, Mia Thornton, argued over dinner, resulting in Mia throwing a drink at Wendy.

I’ve never seen a show so full of colorism, and #RHOP is just that!

— Ashley (@beyondthefluff) January 19, 2023

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Some blamed Wendy’s actions for the fight, even though when the scene aired, the cameras showed Mia starting the drink toss. She shared that viewers immediately suspected it was her fault because of her skin.

“I vividly remember my anger when people misunderstood that I threw a glass,” Wendy wrote. Convenient. #RHOP”

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I vividly remember my anger when people mistakenly thought I threw a glass. Now we all see the truth and magically our anger disappears. #RHOP

— Dr. Wendy Osefo (@WendyOsefo) September 6, 2022

Gisele, Robin, and Ashley vehemently deny being colorists to their castmates, despite Candace and Wendy’s complaints. The Green-Eyed Bandits said that social media “doesn’t pay” to care what they talk about. Gisele called the allegations “stupid.”

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Bravo recognizes RHOP fans’ colorist claims to the show. At the Season 6 reunion, Andy asked the cast if they witnessed colorism during filming, and most of the cast said no. Still, many fans believe the Season 7 reunion will be the perfect place to discuss the issue.

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