TV star and podcast host Stassi Schroeder has apologized after she was criticized for calling cops on a Black cast member and then boasting about it.
Schroeder faced massive backlash after posting a black square on her Instagram last week. The post seemed part of for #BlackOutTuesday, a social media campaign designed to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that was quickly dismissed for erasing Black voices and crucial information about the movement on social media.
Schroeder's black square post was flooded with comments about the time she called cops on her Vanderpump Rules co-star Faith Stowers.
“You tried to get faith arrested you are part of the problem,” wrote one person.
Some referred to a comment she made on her podcast about being “sick of everyone making everything about race.”
“This is a perfect opportunity to address the comments made on your podcast," another user wrote. "Highlight the importance of educating oneself before speaking out.”
“I thought she said she was sick of hearing about black issues on her podcast,” wrote another.
In 2018, Betches reported that Stassi revealed her conspiracy with co-star Kristen Doute to claim that Stowers allegedly drugged and robbed men in Los Angeles. There appears to be no basis for this claim other than the fact that the suspect was a Black woman.
“hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?” Doute said in a now-deleted tweet in April 2018. “Someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there.”
Her tweet included a link to a report on the suspect's alleged crimes.
In response to someone who tweeted, “Is that really faith?” Doute wrote the woman was “wearing Logan’s jacket.”
“PS it was his favesies and he would really like it back,” Doute wrote in the now-deleted tweet.
Schroeder and Doute called cops on Stowers, but the cops weren’t convinced that she was the woman from the news.
“You need to take some time and effectively apologize for your tone deaf baseless podcast. If you don’t then you’re not a true ally and we don’t need your useless black square. And spare the victim response,” one person commented on Schroeder's post on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Schroeder apologized on Instagram for her “racially insensitive comments.”
“It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better,” she wrote, adding that she has “grown significantly” since the incident.
She acknowledged the incident with Stowers and said her “emotions over something that happened between our friends friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that.”
She said she was unaware at that point of the “serious ramifications” that her actions would lead to.
But since February 2018, there has been widespread reporting and conversation on the issue of non-Black people calling the cops on Black people, and how it affects the community.
“I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness,” Schroeder wrote regarding the incident with Stowers.
While some applauded her apology, others remain wary.
“Good for you for addressing this, and taking this opportunity to grow. With that said, i never want to see you on my television again,” wrote one user. “I will not promote or support any show that continues to give you a platform.”
On Sunday, Doute also issued an apology on Twitter.
"Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement's treatment of the black community," she said in the post.
Stowers has spoken extensively about being one of the only two Black members on the cast of Vanderpump Rules.
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H/T Daily Mail