Nene Leakes filed a discrimination lawsuit against Bravo, NBC and Andy Cohen (among others) alleging a historical culture of discrimination that fosters racially offensive behavior that goes unpunished. She also alleges that she was unlawfully retaliated against for speaking up about racist behavior on RHOA. Although a discussion on this topic could go left, I do think it is interesting and important to point out some of the allegations in the Complaint.
I'm curious if anyone is interested in knowing more about the lawsuit? I did a deep dive into the 74 page complaint and there are a lot of thought provoking issues raised regarding disparate treatment, hostile work environment (remember, this is a job for these ladies) and potential retaliation.
I don't see a lot of discussion on it on social media so I thought I'd raise it here. I love this community and am wondering if people are interested. If so, let's discuss!
*Edited to add info!* (This information comes from the Complaint, not my opinions)
Here are some basic allegations that we (Bravoholics) already know:
- Lack of diversity among Bravo casts (Real Housewives and other series such as VPR, Southern Charm)
-Racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated, if not encouraged
(See: Luanne as "Diana Ross", Luanne referring to Native Americans as "Indians" and doing a war whoop [gosh, these make me uncomfortable to even type], LeAnne Locken "the chirpy Mexican" comments, Brandi Redmond "squinty eyes" comments, Kameron Wescott and her behavior towards Tiffany Moon, and of course, Ramona Singer [no explanation needed])
Re: Ramona and her conduct towards Eboni K. Williams. Allegedly, on the episode where Luann kicked Eboni out of her home, Ramona said, "this is why we shouldn't have black people on the show." Reportedly, Eboni lodged an internal complaint re: Ramona's behavior, as did a crew member of RHONY (also alleging racially offensive comments by Ramona). Apparently, Heather Yummy Tummy Thompson has publicly stated she heard Ramona make that remark re: black people on the show. The lawsuit goes on to allege that instead of allowing these allegations to come to light, Bravo decided not to air the reunion and chose to sweep the issue under the rug by cancelling the reunion. Despite the allegations against Singer, Bravo/NBC continued to reward her by selecting her to be on RHUGT. "Tellingly, (Luann) was also given this same gig."
Re: Jennie Nguyen's firing: Bravo took no action against Jennie in real time, but rather attempted to silence her co-workers' public discussion of the racially inappropriate conduct. She alleges that Bravo tried to bury the issue rather than correct and remedy it.
A large portion of the Complaint involves the allegations of unlawful treatment of Nene while working on RHOA. Nene alleges that Kim repeatedly engaged in racially offensive behavior which was condoned, accepted and tolerated. Instead of subjecting her to appropriate remedial action, they rewarded her with special perks and privileges denied to the black housewives. Nene alleges that she and other housewives spoke up but nothing was done to stop it.
Re: "Roachgate" - when Nene called Kim out publicly, she was chastised (in writing) and told that it was not good for business and she needed to "take it off -line". Nene claimed she was retaliated against for complaining about Kim's racist behavior and Bravo attempted to silence her.
Bravo claimed they were sidelining her because they were concerned about her tax lien (which was paid without consequence other than late fee penalties). The Complaint goes on to show how other non-black housewives were allowed to do much worse without consequence. (See Teresa Guidice whose profile on Bravo rose after her legal issues and prison stint, including casting on RHUGT, Dorit Kemsley had a 925k tax lien, and of course Erika Jayne's alleged involvement with her husband's fraud)
** MY THOUGHTS**
When reading the Complaint, I legitimately forgot that this is a workplace for these women. I know they're filming a reality show, but they are entitled to the same workplace protections that you and I have. For whatever reason, I've never looked at these shows in that way. We are not privy to what goes on with production behind the scenes, but we all see that these Bravo shows have continuously lacked diversity and women like Ramona and Luann have gotten away with some pretty horrific behavior that would NEVER be tolerated in a traditional workplace. Now, I admittedly have not watched Atlanta religiously so I don't have much insight into Kim's behavior, but the allegations that she was treated better than her castmates and allowed special privileges (not filming at certain times, not traveling without her husband, etc.) despite racist behavior is shocking. I was also shocked to hear that Bravo used Nene's tax lien as justification for sidelining her (after she complained about Kim) when they've allowed so much worse from other white housewives.
I'm interested in other's thoughts. If you've read this far, it's time for glasses.
Y'all, who else went straight to Sheree's website hoping she dropped something when she mentioned her site on tonight's show? She teases us with the on-show promotions!! I need those leggings she wore. Also, this episode had really great moments
I was ecstatic to find out that Sheree Whitfield was coming back to real housewives of Atlanta. Not only is she an icon and the self proclaimed bone carrier but she also had an interesting storyline when she left off. It was her relationship with Tyrone. Unfortunately, earlier when it was be filming for the new season her and Tyrone got into a rift because he was not supposed to be filming on camera because it violates the terms of his either probation or halfway house rules. I was hoping that we would get a Sheree/Tyrone relationship view but she had to pivot her storyline something else. As you recently saw, there was a she by Sheree fashion show finally and TMZ is reporting that Tyrone was there. Also, the report said that Tyrone and her are on good terms and he was allowed to film some end of the season scenes with her. Storyline saved!
Does anyone know the real story of how Marlo Hampton on RHOA is so rich? Because this woman has flaunted extreme wealth for years and I can’t get to the bottom of where all this cash is coming from.
This season alone, she’s already thrown a $40,000 party and has dressed head to toe in designer. It’s so confusing because her castmates claim that she gets “gifts” from men. Kenya implied that Marlo gets cash for sex; the others have implied that she’s just a high-end escort. WHAT IS THE TRUTH.
The internet says that she got money by investing in real estate, after dating CNN boss and billionaire Ted Turner for five years; he supposedly gave her some investing advice. She also has her boutiques and a wig line, buuuuut, one or two small businesses does not an (extreme) fortune make.
The internet also says that her net worth is $600K, which is not a lot, compared to how she seemingly spends! I mean, remember when she shaded Sheree for only having one Rolex??
So what do y’all think… just where is Marlo’s money coming from, hunnnnnny
Real Housewives of Atlanta is one of the most iconic franchises in Bravo history so it makes sense that it would have spin-offs, but is it necessary?
Porsha had a major glow up in recent RHOA seasons and became a fan favorite, which naturally led to her show “Porsha’s Family Matters”. Basically all of the growth she had made over the years was immediately squashed with the new show. The show honestly just felt like damage control since we all knew she stole her now current fiancé from RHOA friend, Falynn.
The spin off wasn’t necessary at all, and honestly not even that good. So I started to wonder, do we need “Kandi and the Gang”? Probably not, and I honestly don’t want it. I think a housewife spin off is ONLY appropriate when a major milestone is occurring like a wedding or a baby. Kandi is a legendary Housewife but she didn’t really have much going on last season of RHOA. Does she have enough going on to make us care about what’s going on solely in her life without the other RHOA storylines? I won't be tuning in unless I hear that it's incredible, which let's be real...seems unlikely.
Thoughts? My favorites are Kandi, Sheree, and….Sanya. Which is why I’m posting here—this is a safe space and I don’t want to get dragged on twitter or insta.
But in Sanya’s defense: it’s interesting and different, and her body looks amazing in it! (Do I have trash taste? Very possible.)
I’m rewatching RHOA and can’t believe how wild it was—sheree dated a fake doctor, Phaedra tries to convince everyone her doctor wants her to give birth at 7 months, and kim meets kroy and has a yard sale for her $10k furniture set. 😂 The current season of RHOA is good, but I miss the good old less produced, less try-hard days!
I AM SO EXCITED. So last night at the "She by Sheree" event filming for the upcoming season of RHOA, the entire cast of Married To Medicine was there! And to top it all off... they ended the night by going to Linnethia's Lounge (Nene Leakes bar) where Peter Thomas and Apollo Nida were there! I NEEDED THE CAMERAS ROLLING AT THE AFTER PARTY!