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There is no denying that Andy Cohen is one of reality television’s most successful figures. Not only is he behind such guilty pleasures as The Real Housewives franchise and Watch What Happens: Live, but he has also managed to gain notoriety in front of the camera. But the press swirling around Cohen hasn’t always been positive. Actually, who are we kidding? There is about a 65 percent chance that every time Cohen opens his mouth, something offensive and just plain d**kish will come flying out. So in honor of his inability to play nice, we take a look back at some of Andy Cohen’s most obnoxious moments.
After being criticized earlier this week for sitting by, along with Andre Talley Leon, as “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen called teen actress Amandla Stenberg a “jackhole,” Laverne Cox has come forward to defend herself. As you may recall, Cohen slammed Stenberg for calling out Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture. In the event that you missed the show, the conversation went a little something like this:
Cohen: Today’s Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith’s prom date Amandla Stenberg, who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation. White girls in cornrows… is it OK or nay, Laverne and Andre?
Leon: To me, it’s fine.
Cox: Umm … Bo Derek.
In a blog post published on her official Tumblr page, the “Orange Is The New Black” actress explains why she did not defend Stenberg against Cohen’s comments. According to Cox, she wasn’t aware of who Stenberg was at the time the show was taped. She also reasoned that she did not feel there was enough time to address the actual issue at hand properly.
When in answer to Andy Cohen’s question on “Watch What Happens Live” on July 12, “White girls and cornrows, yay or nay? “I said what I said in an attempt to not get involved in what I understood at the time to be an Instagram feud between someone with whom I was not familiar and Kylie Jenner on the topic of cultural appropriation. I have never been interested in getting involved in any celebrity feuds.
In that moment, I also felt that the topic of cultural appropriation needs way more than the 10 seconds or less I had to respond at the end of the show to fully unpack. I said as much to Andre Leon Tally after the cameras stopped rolling. So on camera with seconds left in a live broadcast I said, “Bo Derek” the first iconic example of a white woman wearing cornrows I could think of. To be clear I understood when I said, “Bo Derek” that her rocking of cornrows with beads in the 1979 film “10” and that look on her subsequently becoming a cultural phenomenon when the black folks who had been rocking cornrows for decades before her had not similarly become a sensation is an example of the ways in which what bell hooks calls imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchal systems privilege certain bodies’ performances of cultural traditions over others. This is when cultural appropriation can tend to erase the marginalized people from whom the culture emerges.
Many are taking me to task for not defending Amandla Stenberg who I now know is a 16-year-old black actress known for her work in the “Hunger Games” who has spoken out quite eloquently on the topic of cultural appropriation. In researching Amandla’s work and words, I was very impressed with a video I saw from her on cultural appropriation where she chronicled a recent history of cultural appropriation and black hair specifically.
Cohen has since apologized on Twitter to Stenberg for his comments.
To clarify, I gave the jackhole to an online feud & certainly not to the topic or to any individual. I ironically hate online feuds.
I want to apologize to Amandla. I didn’t understand the larger context of this cultural discussion and TRULY meant no disrespect to her or anyone else.
You can check out Cox’s full essay here. Thoughts?
Andy Cohen effed up on Sunday evening during an episode of “Watch What Happens Live.” But he wasn’t the only one. Sadly, two of our own, Laverne Cox and Andre Leon Talley, joined him.
Cohen, who is essentially the face of Bravo, stirred the ire of Black Twitter and Twitter account-less Black people by naming the feud between Amandla Stenberg and Kylie Jenner “Jackhole of the Day.”
And though we’re generally not here for social media beef, the exchange Stenberg and Jenner was far from a feud.
Amandla told the truth and Kylie responded by deflecting and name dropping.
In case you missed the discussion, over the weekend, we reported that Stenberg commented on a picture of Kylie Jenner wearing cornrows, saying:
“When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
I see no lies.
“Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something”
It’s no secret that the Kardashians have made a name for themselves and built an empire off the names of Black men and the features of Black women. (I’ll be sure to provide an in depth list later.)
But Andy Cohen did not appreciate the exchange.
“Today’s Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith’s prom date Amandla Stenberg who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation. White girls in cornrows… is it OK or nay, Laverne and Andre?”
Well, Black folk aren’t happy about this. And many, specifically on Twitter, have been calling for a boycott of the Bravo network.
— Ahsoka Maven (@scifimaven) July 14, 2015
— amberwavesofgray (@amberwavesgray) July 14, 2015
— gee saint (@luvlygeenius) July 14, 2015
In defense against claims that he called Stenberg herself a jackhole, Cohen tweeted:
To clarify, I gave the jackhole to an online feud & certainly not to the topic or to any individual. I ironically hate online feuds.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 14, 2015
I get that he might not have been trying to attack Stenberg personally and was instead labeling this so-called feud jackhol-ish. But, first, this was not a feud. And second, failing to address the issue of cultural appropriation is problematic; particularly, as one Twitter user noted, for a White man who makes good money off of Black women’s culture, stories, style and dysfunction.
Why when a Black women brings up a topic of discussion is it immediately labeled as aggressive? Why didn’t Andy see this for what it was, Amandla attempting, through social media, to educate Kylie about her privilege? We can argue about the medium she chose all day long but her words were not aggressive.
Furthermore, insult was added to injury when Cohen’s two Black panelists of the evening Laverne Cox and Andre Leon Talley joined in on the discussion. Both have been activists in their own realms. Talley has spoken consistently about racism in the fashion industry and Cox is nothing short of an activist for Trans rights, specifically highlighting the injustices trans women of color face.
So, it is deeply disappointing that neither one of these people used this moment, this platform to not only stand with Amandla but also on the side of truth.
When Cohen asked Cox and Talley if there was something wrong with White women wearing cornrows, Talley said they were “fine” and Cox said, “Umm…Bo Derek.”
That’s exactly the issue.
Black women had been wearing cornrows for years, centuries even. Suddenly, Bo Derek dons them and it’s all the rage. And Bo Derek, a White woman is often credited for making the style hot.
Y’all may think this discussion about Bo Derek and Kylie Jenner’s hair is trivial. But it’s bigger than this hairstyle.
For far too long White people have not only been taking credit for our brilliance they’ve been profiting off of it, at the expense of Black people, the people who created it. It is a devastating, crushing feeling to be ignored or dismissed and then later see that your contributions are being appreciated and applauded when it is being packaged and delivered through White skin.
And it further perpetuates the myth of Black inferiority.
I’m not surprised Andy Cohen didn’t see that. But Laverne and Andre Leon Talley should have known better.
Why make your relationship sanctified in the eyes of the law and God when you can keep it going for years and years as a glorified boyfriend or girlfriend?
Swap out a marriage license for a love contract detailing clauses – not vows – and if both parties “agree,” then voila! You have entered a contractual relationship agreement.
Or essentially, marriage with much less effort.
Diddy’s latest admission during a promo run at Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! of still not having a desire to get married is admirable. Think about it. We expect celebrities to skirt around personal matters when their opinions do not necessarily align with the majority. And yes, a majority of women would expect a successful, 45-year-old man to get on TV and say he’s finally ready to settle down with a good woman. But low and behold, Diddy is not. However, he is willing to put some things in writing, including financial plans and sign with his heart on the dotted line.
“I don’t know [if I’ll ever get married]. It’s the whole thing of; I think you have to be ready for it because it’s somebody else’s heart involved. That’s just a lot of responsibility and I don’t want to be going to court and having somebody interfere in my relationship. So I’d rather just do the ‘Goldie Hawn.’ But I will give a contract. I will commit to a contract, a love contract.
I’m talking about where there’s some money involved too if there’re any problems. You have to have an agreement. You can’t just love somebody, take them and y’all just part.
No honestly, I just don’t think I’m ready right now [for marriage], but I’m a great boyfriend.”
If this arrangement happens to work for Diddy and his longtime girlfriend, Cassie, then they should go for it. But I’m hoping we won’t look at this as a new trend to champion. The music mogul’s “love contract” is the 21st-century attempt at a marriage license without the City Hall trip and Say Yes To The Dress moment. All the perks of a matrimonial union without the messiness. But if Cassie would prefer to be married and have that commitment, she may be selling herself short.
I would love to see what their particular love contract details. What is written under the clause for infidelity? What happens if the riches dry up? Will his life insurance be transferable if, knock on wood, she is to become sick or vice versa? What freedoms does this love contract allow that beat traditional marriage?
What is so interesting about all of is that during Diddy’s interview with Cohen, he mentioned that in marriage, somebody else’s heart is involved. But with or without a ring, in any healthy relationship, two hearts are involved and will feel great amounts of hurt and pain if the union ends.
I am happy for Diddy and Cassie, but I won’t be looking to them for relationship goals. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe that marriage is a thing of the past. Why not call a spade, a spade? If you’re going to go play married with all of these contracts and stipulations, why not just get married? Diddy says he may not be ready now, but it doesn’t seem like he will ever be ready if we’re being honest.
A relationship – married or not – is a love contract in its own right. And while I’m glad that Diddy and Cassie are still going strong and make their relationship work for them, I just wish people would stop skirting around commitment and celebrate love head first.
Online civil rights group Color Of Change is calling for for Andy Cohen and the Bravo Television Network to longer profit by airing physical fights between Black people. In an emailed statement, the activist group detailed how the television network negatively portrays black women in particular physically assaulting one another other which translates into great ratings and even larger dollars for the cable channel. Noting the fights between cast members Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore on the “Real Housewives of Altanta” as well as Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford’s “Blood, Sweat And Heels” brawl, Color Of Change’s Managing Director of Campaigns Arisha Hatch stated:
“Violence involving Black cast members has become a reliable ratings boost for Bravo. Prior to last season’s reunion show altercation, major brawls on shows like The New Atlanta and Married to Medicine were aired with much fanfare, hyped up as must-see television events.
Bravo is not at the mercy of the behavior of the casts of its shows. Reality TV producers routinely utilize staged, hostile environments and specific editing strategies to conjure the story they wish to tell. We demand Bravo and Andy Cohen turn away from these stereotypical narratives, and stop profiting from violence involving Black people.
Judging by recent reports of yet another massive brawl during taping for the upcoming season of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels, it seems there’s no end in sight for Bravo’s reliance on dangerous stereotypes. During that fight, between Black castmates Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford, a bottle was reportedly smashed over Ford’s head, sending her to the hospital. Thomas has since been arrested. Under no circumstances should Bravo air this or any other fights involving Black people.
Stereotypical portrayals of Black people — as angry, belligerent, and violent — are dangerous, shaping negative perceptions in the minds of viewers that, when acted upon, can mean real life harm for Black communities; discriminatory hiring practices, less attention from doctors, and harsher treatment by law enforcement, just to name a few. Bravo and Andy Cohen must move beyond these harmful, one-dimensional portrayals.”
Earlier this month, Geneva Thomas injured cast member Melyssa Ford when she allegedly hit her in the head with an alcohol bottle while Bravo was filming for the second season of their reality show. Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore’s fight was captured on air during last season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta’s reunion special. There is no word if Geneva Thomas and Melyssa Ford’s altercation will air.
Do you think Bravo will change their portrayal of black women or will the ratings continue to drive up the drama between cast members?
“After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity,” Porsha said in a statement in October.
However, according to Bravo executive and personality Andy Cohen, her all simply wasn’t enough this season.
“I will say two things about it,” he said during a webisode of “Ask Andy.” It had nothing to do with anything that happened at the reunion last season, I just want to make that clear. Really, it was more about the amount of story that we got from Porsha this season, as we were shooting.
We went into it assuming that she was going to be a full housewife, holding peach. We just haven’t gotten enough to merit that, so she’s going to be in the show a lot. We love her. I hope she’s on Bravo, you know, endlessly. #TeamPorsha will still be happy to see Porsha.”
During last night’s premiere, Porsha seemed to hold a fairly significant role. Hopefully, things will turn around for her by next season.
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Porsha says she was blindsided by her recent demotion on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And that’s probably the truth because judging by a recent interview with Andy Cohen during his online “Ask Andy” segment, the people wanted to know.
And Andy obliged.
“It had nothing to do with anything that happened at the reunion last season. Really, it was about the amount of story we got from Porsha this season. We went into it assuming she would be a full housewife, holding a peach. We just haven’t gotten enough to merit that. She’s going to be in it a lot. We love her. I hope she’ll be on Bravo endlessly.”
Well there you have it. That was just a nice and drawn out way of saying that homegirl was a bit boring. And then there was the fact that Claudia Jordan came in ready to turn all the way up.
While in the real world it’s a good thing to be too boring for reality tv, when you’re trying to get that check it can be a bit problematic. Luckily, Porsha has another source of income flowing in. But it will be interesting to see if Porsha decides to turn it up for the next season so she can be back in the forefront.
Last night, Andy Cohen celebrated his the fifth anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live.” And though things seemed to be a little tense between him and NeNe Leakes, the two had a grand ole time laughing and joking about various topics, including just how rich NeNe is. She was also joined by fellow Bravo star, real estate agent Jeff Lewis from “Flipping Out.” Things were pretty light and easy until Andy asked NeNe how she felt about Apollo being sentenced to eight years in prison. Leakes said that while she knew Apollo had admittedly committed these crimes, she still felt bad for both him and Phaedra. And when Andy asked if she’d spoken to Phaedra about the sentencing she said she had not because the topic was just too uncomfortable.
Andy moved on from Apollo and Phaedra and started taking questions from the audience. Even those were pretty jovial, until one woman asked about the status of NeNe and Cynthia’s friendship. Here’s what NeNe had to say:
There’s no friendship and there will not be. No, I am so done with her. I don’t even have words for her.
We had a real friendship and I don’t play those games. We had a real friendship, I really loved her and I feel like if she a issue with me, I don’t understand somebody waiting six months to have an issue with you. Come over your house, eat your food, go to the hospital, go to the fashion week with you, travel for New Years and then all of a sudden sit on a couch and make up some isht.
She blindsided me sitting on the couch.
Jeff: But she clearly loves you and I’m wondering if you can find it in your heart to forgive her.
I can forgive her but I don’t want to have a friendship with her, ok? So I know you only get to see one side of it. You have to know the whole story. How dare you be my good friend and I be there for you and you wait six months to tell me I did something wrong in front of people who don’t give a damn about our friendship? If you were a true friend, you could have called me up and said, ‘Hey I need to talk to you. Come to my house, let’s meet, let me come to your house.’ Why would you bring this up in front of people who don’t care about our friendship one way or the other.
Jeff: Maybe you can hear her out?
No, I can’t hear that b*tch out.
Jeff: Has she apologized?
Jeff: Maybe she’ll apologize next season.
Well, maybe she will.
You can watch this portion of NeNe’s “Watch What Happens Live” sit down in the video below.
At this point, the most interesting thing about Kandi Burruss is the fact that her mother doesn’t know how to act –or she knows exactly how to act in order to secure a reality show spin-off. Either way, when we see Kandi all anyone wants to talk about is the drama Mama Joyce brings to her new marriage. And in her “Watch What Happens Live” interview with Andy Cohen, that’s what the callers wanted to know. One woman asked Kandi if she’d considered banning Mama Joyce from her home if she can’t find a way to respect her husband.
Here’s what Kandi had to say.
Basically, my mother and I we always have conversations. People think I don’t say anything to her and that’s not true. I say things all the time. She doesn’t always receive it. Whether or not she receives it, we do what we want to do.
Now the whole argument between his mom and my mom last week was because I did not allow her to come to the house one time when I felt she was going to come over and make Todd uncomfortable. And so she’s been holding a grudge about it ever since, like ‘Oh, I can’t come to your house.’ It’s not that she can’t come to my house I just didn’t want her to come if she was going to have an attitude, be saying negative things or not speaking.
Andy: Was there a point where you felt like you were going to have to shut her out completely?
Honestly, we go through those moments all the time and we stop talking for days at a time. Like right now we haven’t been talking for a couple days…it’s something about my dad. It’s silly to me. It gets to be petty sometimes. And that’s why I’m like ‘Ok, we just need a break.’
Apparently she must be waiting on me to call her because she’s never wrong. That’s what I’m saying. Regardless of what is said, she never sees her part in the situation. She always makes it seem like I’m just wrong. So we’ll go days until I call.
Other people pointed the finger in Kandi’s direction for the terms of her prenup. One of the conditions was that if they break up, he would have to leave their home within 30 days. She wanted to know that if they share the house together, why wouldn’t they split it if their marriage doesn’t work.
I did buy the house. He pays the bills but as far as the house itself…
Andy: You own it.
Well yeah. He doesn’t want the house. I don’t want people to think ‘Oh he’s trying to get the house.’ It’s just the fact that when you get divorced sometimes it can be a long, dragged out process. I remember talking to Bethenny recently and she was saying how she hated the fact–she had a prenup– but she they didn’t have any term where he had to get out. So he was there for a long time.
Andy: He may still be there as a matter of fact.
So that’s why attorneys put those stipulations in there.
Kandi also said that Todd’s mother is still mad, naturally, about the things Mama Joyce said about her. And when it comes to expanding their family she said that she and Todd want to have children but they’re not trying but not not trying. You know? They’re just going to go with the flow and see what happens.
You can check out the video clips from Kandi’s interview on the next page.
Last night, following part three of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special, Porsha Williams appeared on a special one-on-one taping of “Watch What Happens Live.” During her interview, she touched on everything from wishy-washy cast members, the abuse allegations previously made against ex-husband, Kordell Stewart and of course, her fight with Kenya Moore.
“I was sorry that it had to reach that point,” Porsha explained. “I was sorry that that was my reaction. But more than that, I’m sorry that I gave her the power to make me go and do something like that.”
Porsha went on to reason that had it not been for Kenya’s over-the-top props, there probably could’ve been a nonviolent reunion.
“I feel like we’re all grown women and we can fight with our words. I can sit here and call you something, you call me something back and forth. That’s what the reunion is about. It was the fact that the props were there,” the singer said. “It wasn’t until she began to reach for me with it [the scepter] that it went to another level.”
Porsha went on to say that the reunion show altercation showed her that Kenya Moore is not exactly the most genuine person in the world.
“Watching her cry about Velvet, I thought I saw something that was a sensitive side in her, that was real possibly. But now I know that I’m not dealing with someone who is operating in reality. I’m dealing with someone who is just performing.”
The newly divorced reality star adds that Kenya’s decision to press charges added a completely different element to their already toxic feud.
“Now, I have to go to jail, sit in a prison with other inmates—pissy smelling, dirty, all of that—stand there for a mug shot, get fingerprinted. That will be there for the rest of my life. So there’s no way I can sit down with her [Kenya] at this moment without her acknowledging the situation. She would have to at least acknowledge that she had ill will that day.”
“[Turning myself in] was the worst day of my life. I’ve never done anything in my life to land me in jail and end up getting a mug shot. So for me to be there in that moment because of Kenya Moore, literally was the worst moment of my life.”
Interestingly, Porsha says that Kenya Moore wasn’t the only person she saw a different side of once the fight happened. The “Flatline” singer believes co-star Cynthia Bailey has shown her true colors as well.
“What struck me the most was when I saw Cynthia,” Porsha said in reference to Cynthia’s initial comments that she “didn’t feel Porsha was under attack.”
“I mean, if anyone had the clearest point of view, it was her,” Porsha explained. “The entire time she was ‘uh, uh, oh.’ So why would she feel to protect herself if I wasn’t being threatened? I think Cynthia has done many interviews since and she’s just flip-flopped back and forth. I heard another interview the other day where she said, ‘She was provoked. She definitely was threatened.'”
“For me, Cynthia just needs to get a mind of her own and be able to voice her own opinions. I don’t know who she thinks is going to give her a spanking when she gets home, but she’s not. She’s a grown woman. Voice your opinions. Some may like it, some may not. But I just think she goes back and forth so much. It’s so irritating.”
Porsha also discussed Kordell’s response to the recent domestic violence allegations that she made against him.
“That came up because I have a new single called ‘Flatline.’ And in the new video for ‘Flatline,’ it depicts some abuse in the video with me and the guy who is in it. I was asked did that happen in my relationship with Kordell and it did.”
“I heard that [Kordell is denying the allegations] and that’s fine. Me doing the video and showing my truth is not really for me to get a comment from Kordell. It’s a way that I artistically decided to put my feelings out there.”
As for her current financial situation since walking away from her divorce with nothing, Porsha says:
“At what point do I need to go into a court room and discuss all of these hurtful things just to prove something to a judge to get money from Kordell?” Porsha questioned. “I called my attorney and I said, ‘Listen, I’m not going to court. Tell Kordell I don’t want anything. All I want him to do is pay for a debt that I had for insurance and I want to keep my car. He doesn’t need to do anything else for me […] I walked away, I did Kandi’s play and ever since I did Kandi’s play, I’ve moving right along. I haven’t needed a dime. I haven’t wanted for anything. I’m still in my house. I still have my cars and everything that I’ve ever wanted. And that’s without Kordell’s money.”
Watch a clip from Porsha interview below. Thoughts?