It turns out Glee and America’s Got Talent aren’t the only shows getting exposed for toxic behavior behind the scenes…
Former Vanderpump Rules star Faith Stowers recently opened up about her time on the reality show, saying she experienced racism at the hands of several cast members on the series. And to hear her tell the horrible claims in her own words, Bravo might be cleaning house with some of its stars very soon…
For those who may not recall, Faith appeared as a recurring character on the fourth season of VPR and later returned briefly as a guest on season 6. During an Instagram Live with MTV star Candace Renee Rice on Tuesday, the starlet explained why she could not stand being “the only black person” on a show with “an all-white cast.” She cited the fallout from her brief tryst with Jax Taylor while he was dating then-girlfriend Brittany Cartwright as one of those reasons:
“I felt like after their friend did something that we both were involved in that he’s done like, a thousand times…they wanted to attack me instead of him. It was like they wanted to attack, attack, attack, attack, attack. ‘I was wrong and I was this and I was that,’ calling me names, saying my hair was nappy, which is weird coming out of their mouths.”
WTF?! Calling her hair “nappy” is definitely a racist microaggression. Full stop. However, as bad as that sounds, things only got worse from there as castmates Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute later took matters into their own hands. She recalled their personal vendetta against her:
“I believe it hit the ceiling for me, and made me really want to run for the hills, when Kristen and Stassi decided they were going to call the cops on me.”
Explaining the brief backstory behind the police call made in 2018, Faith added:
“There was this article on Daily Mail…where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people…The woman was at large…and they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview.”
“This is when I quit—like, I left the show. I was invited back to tell my truth, but decided it wasn’t going to do anything for me. So, I ended up not coming back, so I decided to go over to MTV. Once I did that, I felt like they got upset with me.”
According to Reality Tea, Schroeder discussed how she and Doute had called the police to report Stowers in an April 2018 interview on The Bitch Bible podcast, but the episode has since been taken down. At the time, Kristen also tweeted about the claim and seemed to reference Stowers’ exit to go star on Ex On The Beach and The Challenge:
hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?
someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there. https://t.co/4682a7jyzG
— kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽 (@kristendoute) April 26, 2018
Wow. This is disgusting behavior!! While Faith herself did acknowledge the cheating situation with Jax was pretty bad, did it really warrant this attack on her character with the potential for legal consequences? Absolutely not.
Now, in regard to the show’s star and executive producer, Lisa Vanderpump, Stowers alleged that she was penalized with less air time, including “confessionals,” for refusing to play into their problematic ideas:
“When she first approached me, she was very like…happy about the fact that there was a black person gonna be on the show and she was like, you know, I want you to put them in their place, kind of give them this Nene Leakes kind of attitude and I was very nice coming in, I wasn’t really giving nobody real attitude and giving her like that show she needed from me, I felt like.”
We can understand the desire to make some good TV, but forcing the one minority featured on your show into overplayed and stereotypical behavior isn’t a good look. The star summed things up saying:
“It was a lot. But I feel like now I’m in a way better position anyway, so it’s fine.”
Hear more from Faith by checking out the full IG live session here:
Stassi is already facing the music for her defamatory comments! Shaving brand Billie confirmed to Us Weekly that it is “ending all partnerships with anyone who isn’t supporting the fight against racism, including Stassi.” Additionally, vitamin company Ritual told its customers that it has also parted ways with Schroeder, tweeting on Friday:
“We were not aware of these actions (which is unacceptable on our part). We have ended the partnership and will be doing more thorough diligence going forward.”
We’re assuming it won’t be long until Kristen and anyone else named in these terrible claims feels the professional backlash, too.
What do U make of all of this, Perezcious readers?? Will U still be tuning in to Vanderpump Rules?
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