Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley, cast members of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, were caught making decidedly transphobic comments at the Garo Sparo show at New York Fashion Week. In a video uploaded (and quickly deleted) by Medley, she can be heard saying of trans model Yasmine Petty, “Well, with a body like that, it’s a guy. That’s a guy.” Morgan promptly agrees, “It’s a guy. You’re absolutely right. Oh, lord.”
The pair quickly released an apology to “Page Six Style,” which reads: “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.”
“Many ways,” like … what? Calling queer people “my gays?” Going to drag shows? Employing them to do your hair and makeup? Fighting with your other straight friend on a Bravo float at pride? Having Andy Cohen as your boss? As ever, it seems important to remember that allyship isn’t simply saying you “love” a group of people whom you, at best, fetishize.
For her part, Petty told “Page Six” that she was hurt by Medley and Morgan’s comments: “It’s pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially in this day and age and being in New York City.” A number of spectators and RHONY fans have urged Cohen to fire Medley and Morgan from the show, but, uh, historically, big press cycles (however negative) aren’t the sort of thing that gets a Housewife fired.