In an attempt to get back at her Basketball Wives co-star CeCe Gutierrez for calling her “Evil-yn” and one half of “Tweedledee and Tweedledumb” (alongside Jennifer Williams), Evelyn Lozada called the woman “Lee Lee.” The name was meant to reference a lady who works at a nail shop, and was a jab of sorts at Gutierrez being Asian (she is Filipino by the way). This was a confusing choice for a comeback considering the names Gutierrez called her were simply based on intelligence (or perceived lack thereof) and her character.
Lozada didn’t receive much kickback from her co-stars over the comment at the time that it was made, but online, she’s been catching hell. If you saw my recap/rant of the incident, you already know where I stand: #apologizetoCeCe2018.
But some have also tried to take matters into their own hands by creating a petition in the hopes of having Lozada removed from Basketball Wives over her racially-motivated insult.
“Help Relieve Ms. Lozada of Her Services from Basketball Wives” popped up on Change.org this week. The woman behind it said in the description of the petition that Lozada’s behavior shouldn’t be tolerated. And honestly, if the tables were turned and CeCe referred to her as “Consuela,” it wouldn’t be.
Lozada responded initially to the backlash by tweeting, “It’s s show.. [sic] People say things at the heat of the moment,” she said. “I apologized to
@CeciliaRN & we have all moved on.”
She didn’t see the seriousness in her comment, or the other people who could have been hurt by it.
But as more people had more to say, she decided on Tuesday to apologize publicly to everyone offended by her statement during the episode.
She also did a video apology:
For the record, CeCe is appreciative of those who showered her with a lot of love and support after the episode aired, as well as the friendships of co-stars Jackie Christie and OG Chijindu.