Sonja Morgan & Dorinda Medley Make Offensive Comments About Trans Model At NYFW
This entire situation feels icky.
In case you haven't heard it's New York Fashion Week and The Real Housewives of New York City are busy filming for the upcoming season and attending all the shows they could get tickets to.
The returning cast Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, and Dorinda Medley all attended the Garo Sparo show to watch their cast member (and sometimes friend) Tinsley Mortimer make a cameo appearance, but two of the ladies landed themselves in hot water.
The controversy started after Sonja uploaded videos to her Instagram story of the models walking on the runway with her and Dorinda making commentary in the background. Sonja can be heard saying “Who is that? Oh, that’s a guy, right?" when drag queen Miz Cracker strutted down the catwalk and they continued to make similar comments when it was transgender model Yasmine Petty's turn.
As the trans model walked down the runway, Dorinda proclaimed “Well, with a body like that, it’s a guy. That’s a guy," and Sonja cosigned the comment by replying “Yeah, with a body like that it’s a guy, you’re absolutely right."
This just feels icky. Obviously these women aren't transphobic and are advocates for the gay community, they marched in Bravo's Pride float for crying out loud, but you really can't be making those ignorant comments in 2019. Both Housewives apologized for their comments in a statement to Page Six and the Instagram stories were quickly deleted:
"We have a history as long-standing supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show."
The model herself, Jasmine Petty, also gave a statement to Page Six about the offensive comments she heard while walking the runway and notes they were laughing when she was walking past. Long story short she was definitely not impressed about what the Housewives' behavior. Jasmine said:
“I was really excited to do the fashion show for Garo Sparo for New York Fashion Week because he was using models of diversity. And I knew they were filming the ‘Housewives of New York’ and I knew they were front row and literally, as I was walking down the runway, I heard them making these statements. It’s pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially this day in age and being in New York City. My philosophy is that people can’t choose their sexual orientation. They can’t choose their gender identity. They can’t choose or not choose to have a disability or a mental illness or even their race, but things people can choose to do is not to be rude and cruel to people over things they have no control over.”
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