Jennie Nguyen has been slammed over a ‘cringe-worthy’ Instagram Live where she blamed her social media team for past racist and anti-vaxx memes that got her fired from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday night, Jennie, 44, appeared with a friend named Michael, a black gay man, who insisted that the reality TV star ‘is not a racist.’
However, many fans were left unimpressed as they flooded the comments raging: ‘Girl did you really just pull the but I have black friends card?’
Awkward: RHOSLC’s Jennie Nguyen SLAMMED for ‘pulling the I have a black friend card’ in cringe-worthy Instagram live where she blames her social media team for racist posts
‘Here let me get my one black friend so it looks better. Girl bye,’ another said, while one person commented: ‘Wow!! Not the I have a black friend card… it’s kinda sad.’
‘Here’s the reality,’ her friend Michael said. ‘I know Jennie and I know her character and I know the person that she is inside. She’s not a racist.’
Although Jennie said she took ‘full responsibility’ for the posts, she appeared to try and pass the blame onto her old social media team.
Backlash: Many fans were left unimpressed as they flooded the comments raging: ‘Girl did you really just pull the but I have black friends card?’
‘I just want you to understand my point of view and where I come from, and what’s going on during that time, I mean it’s an old post on my account, it’s in 2020,’ she said.
‘I just want you to understand, during that time I had a team of people that were helping me. Whether they post it, I post it, it doesn’t really matter at this point. For me, it’s on my account, and I take full responsibility and accountability for what was posted.’
She then added later: “Whether I remember the posts in 2020, I don’t remember whether it’s on my account or not. We don’t remember what we ate yesterday, let alone two years ago. But like, again, I take full responsibility.’
Support: On Wednesday night, Jennie, 44, appeared with a friend named Michael, a black gay man, who insisted that the reality TV star ‘is not a racist’
Friend: Jennie later posted this picture of herself with her friend Michael, who said on her Instagram Live that the reality star is not a racist
Some of Nguyen’s original Facebook posts referred to protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement as ‘thugs’ and in her video, she appeared to double down on that stance.
‘I don’t support people that are out there burning buildings, because there are workers there. My friends [have] gone through their business being destroyed, they didn’t do anything,’ she said.
‘We’re all human, we make mistakes,’ she declared at another point in the video. ‘I made a mistake. And to say, this is the only mistake I made, no I make tons of mistakes in my lifetime.’
Caught out: The offending jokes – using phrases such as ‘BLM Thugs’ – appear to have been posted over a six-month time period amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in 2020
‘Am I going to continue to make a mistake? Of course. Am I going to learn from it? Absolutely. Am I going to learn and adapt and teach? Of course I am, but I’m still human, we’re all human.’
Addresses her posts that appeared to mock police brutality, Nguyen said: ‘I don’t support the bad. I don’t support the brutality of black people or with any race, but I do support my law enforcement. But that doesn’t make me racist. To support my political stance, that does not make me a racist.’
‘I understand that black people have suffered a lot and went through a lot and dealt with a lot, more than any race on this planet.
‘You have done nothing wrong to deserve pulling over, getting a speeding ticket and end up risking your life.’
Addressing the claims: Jennie admitted she had shared the offending posts in a Instagram statement last week
‘Police brutality is a very, very big topic,’ she added. ‘But again, you have policemen out there signing their life away every day, to make a commitment to protect the community. What about showing that appreciation?’
Her former castmate Jen Shah was another person unimpressed by the IG Live, as she commented on a separate post: ‘She’s lying and she already admitted to my face she posted each and every one of those disgusting posts HERSELF.’
‘The fact she brings a Black man on her IG Live just confirms she has not learned nor is she sorry. This is Performative Slacktivism at its finest. (No Slacktivism wasn’t a typo). I hope Jennie can do the real work it will take to grow and change her racist, and islamophobic views.’
She’s out: Bravo took no prisoners as it revealed it has now ‘ceased filming’ with the star
Earlier this week, Bravo fired Nguyen stating they had now ‘ceased filming’ with the 44-year-old reality TV personality.
‘Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member of ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.’
‘We recognize we failed to take the appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention.
‘Moving forward we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions.’
Attack: Her former castmate Jen Shah also commented on the video
The offending jokes – using phrases such as ‘BLM Thugs’ – were posted over a six-month time period amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
Andy Cohen addressed the drama this week on Watch What Happens Live and alluded to some incoming disciplinary action for Jennie.
He said: ‘I’ve also seen all the tweets wanting to know what’s being done about those posts. I just wanna say in case anyone doesn’t realize it, there are many serious discussions happening right now about everything.’
‘I can’t address the situation right now but it will be addressed very soon,” he concluded, “and thank you for your patience and the posts were very upsetting, rightfully, and disgusting. So, there you go.’
Political: Other alleged posts shared by Nguyen depict anti-vaxx beliefs and conspiracy theories that Biden stole the election