“Whatever She’s Doing Or Not Doing In Her Life Has Nothing To Do With Me” Bethenny Talks Omarosa And White Privilege
Omarosa versus Bethenny round 216 was the spat heard around the blogashphere when a few weeks ago, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestants went toe-to-toe on Bethenny’s self-titled talk show. As the two rehashed their past beef, Bethenny called out Omarosa for lacking a real brand and Omarosa boldly told Bethenny:
“It’s different for you and I, I am an African American woman. You get to walk around and be mediocre and you still get rewarded with things. We have to be exceptional to get anything in this business.”
Well yesterday we had the chance to chat with Bethenny after a taping of her talk show and when we asked her what her thoughts are on white privilege and Omarosa’s jabs she had this to say:
“[Omarosa’s] comments are a reflection of her focusing on the wrong things. I don’t think about what other people are doing or other people are getting or what I’m not getting. I think you go and you work for what’s yours and you be positive and you try to make the best of your life and you try to put good energy out there — not being negative. Not trying to be negative to me to build yourself up.
“Whatever she’s doing in her life or not doing in her life has nothing to do with me personally. I also think she really wanted to create a moment because her brand is about creating negative moments that get attention so she’s staying true to what she does, which is creating controversy and perpetuating people not liking her.”
Even though most would probably agree with Bethenny’s conclusions, there a likely still a great deal of people who would question what does a Jewish New Yorker who was a former reality TV housewife and now owns a lucrative cocktail business know about getting what’s hers, but Bethenny says don’t let the success fool you:
“I’ve had a lot of struggles, I have. I know it doesn’t seem like it because I have a very blessed life and I know that, but I had a very difficult upbringing. It was very inappropriate and abusive, but I’ve always been a fighter and a survivor and I’ve always had to overcome. It’s always saying, ‘alright they’re trying to take you down,’ or ‘this is difficult, but you will prevail.'”
In our chat with Bethenny, we couldn’t resist bringing up the fact that she has, perhaps, the most diverse group of guests on her talk show than all of her competitors — from reality TV stars like “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’s” Arianne Davis to Babyface and even Chrissy and Jim Jones. When asked whether her colorful (pun intended) group of guests was intentional, Bethenny said this:
“The people that I invite on the show are people who come to play. People who come to have fun, who reveal themselves, who are open. You can have a conversation with Ne-Yo where he reveals something about himself and he’s of course promoting his business because I want to help people promote what their doing. James Blunt comes on and he serenades me and he’s willing to have fun. Tyson Beckford, because fans are screaming for him to take off his shirt, takes off his shirt. It’s people who come to play or people who really need help and are reaching out because they’re at their wits end.”
We’re pretty sure at this point Bethenny is at her wits end with Omarosa, but judging by the comments she made in our interview, it would appear she ain’t worried ’bout nothing.
What do you make of Bethenny’s take on Omarosa’s white privilege comments?