While many of the women of Real Housewives of Atlanta have been keeping a low-profile since that big brawl aired on TV between Apollo and Brandon and Kandi and Malorie, Kenya Moore has been all over TV (including Watch What Happens Live, New York Live and Bethenny) talking about it and her cast members. We told you that NeNe still blames her for how everything went down because she felt that had Moore never stood up and went towards Natalie, Christopher would never have had to grab her and Brandon wouldn’t have jumped up and wound up in a scuffle with Apollo. In a blog on the RHOA site, Kenya expressed her disappointment in NeNe’s behavior and her comments about Brandon (calling him a “queen” and “girlfriend in red” quite a few times on Sunday’s episode), as well as her disappointment that the other women never tried to understand where she was coming from but just blamed her for everything. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
This was a very difficult episode to watch for me. Firstly, I expected more from these women. Regardless of what personal feelings they may have against me, I am a woman first. We are all women.
I watched Kandi explode into a blackout rage stating she would “kill” people and “drag them.” We all have triggers and are not perfect. My issue is not with Kandi’s fit of anger, but with the acceptance of her behavior from the women over the same point that I attempted to make: NO ONE SHOULD EVER PUT HIS OR HER HANDS ON YOU.
During the aftermath of the melee, I watched each woman cavalierly recall the events as each laughed about what happened to Brandon and at their behavior, none acknowledging Apollo’s assault on Brandon. Not one single woman called Brandon to check on him. Secondly, men have physically abused some of us, including NeNe, in our past. Instead of NeNe pointing the blame at me for standing, they all should have been outraged that a man would grab me for any reason in their presence. Yet, they chose to focus on rudimentary finger pointing and attempting to make me the fall guy.
What’s even more disturbing is all the gay bashing and offensive language used by NeNe to humiliate and demean Brandon. NeNe maliciously and repeatedly referred to him as “that queen” and “her girlfriend in the red dress” etc. First of all, NeNe had no right to target Brandon as he did nothing wrong and is more of a man than NeNe tries to be. Christopher stood up and then hovered over me first while NeNe sat back pleased with herself over the contemptuous, hate-filled environment she created. After Christopher violently grabbed me, Brandon admirably defended me. Yet, at the spa, NeNe relentlessly argues Christopher “never touched” me when we all clearly saw he did. If that wasn’t enough, she exclaims, “You’re lucky you didn’t get your ass beat”, etc
NeNe has built her entire career on the backs of “queens” by using gay lingo and imitating their behavior. For NeNe to hurl the word queen around in a negative and derogatory way in an effort to demean someone is hateful and completely unacceptable. I’m deeply offended as should the entire LGBT community. This type of hateful speech is unacceptable.
With that said, I will not be NeNe’s puppet or bullied into apologizing for actions of other people and am truly sorry for any role I played. I am no victim, but I am a human being with feelings and I am deeply hurt by the lack of support I have received from these women. I’m truly offended and embarrassed to have been a part of this behavior and wish better for all of us in the future. We know better. We must do better.
What do you think about what Kenya had to say? Did she have a point?
Check out the full blog over at the Bravo website and share your thoughts.