Kim Zolciak is apologizing after controversial remarks she made about racism during the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 10 reunion Sunday night.
“This whole racism thing in this day and age is bulls***,” she said. “Everyone of those motherf***ers on that couch owe this world a f***ing apology for this racism s***. They already tried to claim that s*** long ago. Nobody bought into it then because the social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t f***ing all that real. You know it.”
The 39-year-old reality TV star’s comments drew sharp criticism and on Thursday she responded with an apology.
“During the last ‘RHOA’ reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize,” Zolciak told Us Weekly in a statement.
“Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people,” she tried to explain. “Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate, or put up with any form of racism, hate, or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep — I am open to all and always have been.”
“I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment, that seemingly ‘racism didn’t exist 10 years ago,’ was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that ‘it’s not as real as it is now,’ referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show.”
“I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action — in real time,” she added. “But this is a double-edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on ‘RHOA’.”
Zolciak concluded: “I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.”