Kim Zolciak uploaded a public apology on her social media – as well as through her agent – after she claimed “racism” wasn’t authentic on the 22nd of April, for a reunion episode of Real Housewives Of Atlanta. The 39-year-old Bravo star said she “sincerely apologize(s)” for her comments on the show.
They “confused and offended people,” and for that, she is remorseful. The reality star released a statement to Us Weekly through her publicist, Jack Ketsoyan.
According to the former star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, what she said was “edited out of context,” and as a result of the disingenuous framing of her original comment, the response of the public is totally understandable.
Zolciak continued in her statement, “my love for all people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been.” Kim claimed that she was heartbroken when she watched the last few minutes of the episode in question because her remarks were maliciously misrepresented.
During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country's history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been. I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that "it's not as real as it is now" referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show. I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA. I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.
Zolciak claimed that her comment was in the middle of an “emotional forty-five-minute” conversation and it was in reference to the way social media has taken off, and become a platform for over-sensationalization.
As it was previously reported, NeNe Leakes accused Zolciak of racism after Kim and her daughter referred to Leakes’ house as a “roach’s nest.”
In NeNe’s view, “roaches” are associated with “ghettos” and are dirty. The reality star conflated the insect with racism. And whether or not Kim is actually racist or not, some on social media felt bad for the way it all got started.
NeNe’s conflation of insects with discrimination, in the eyes of many individuals, was a far-reaching comparison, to say the least. And her fallout from the show seems unjust.