Eboni K. Williams claim (is Heather thomson did “more harm than good” during Tuesday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City.
Looking back at a sit-in, the women had to discuss the controversy surrounding the “angry” label. Luann de Lesseps given to Eboni during last week’s show, Eboni accused Heather of “whitesplaining” before revealing details about the “listening sessions” that were held by the production.
“Heather’s insertion, although I think her intention was pure and positive, I actually think it ended up doing a lot more harm than good,” Eboni told the well-informed person June 8.
During the women’s talk, Heather referred to Eboni as “articulate,” which felt degrading to the series’ first black cast member, as it implied that her ability to communicate effectively was rare enough to get recognition.
“Having this white woman, despite her intentions, in the translator space, promotes a narrative that there is some inability to connect with me directly in shared humanity,” Eboni explained.
According to Eboni, she suspects that it was Heather’s self-proclaimed authority that led her to speak as she did.
“I do not need to be translated, much less translated by a woman who does not have an adequate lens of my experience or who does not even know me, other than meeting me 48 hours before,” Eboni noted. “So in that way I think Heather was unproductive.”
Eboni went on to point out that she was treated very differently from Leah McSweeney in the Hamptons even though they were both grieving for their grandmothers. In fact, during last week’s episode of RHONY, after Eboni pointed out that no one had called Leah “angry” when she berated her co-stars as “whores”, Singer Ramona He explained that Leah received “a pass” due to the impending death of her grandmother.
“You see the goalpost moved again around the notion of who can mourn the loss of their grandmother and who can’t,” Eboni said. “[And] for me, it just reinforced what I had suspected, that is, I am not fully humanized for these women right now because it did not give me the same compassion and empathy for my grandmother’s upcoming transition the way they did with Leah told me . they don’t see me as fully human. “
Although Eboni did not always feel loved and accepted by her RHONY co-stars, has received a lot of support from other members of the Real housewives franchise, including Crystal Kung Minkoff, the first Asian-American cast member to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Y Dr. Tiffany Moon, the first Asian-American cast member to The Real Housewives of Dallas.
“We all know what it’s like to experience being first and only in our respective representations of our cultures on these historically white platforms,” Eboni explained. “So they basically showed up… to just say they see me. They are here if I need to talk. “
Eboni has also had the support of the producer of his show, Shed Media, who held “listening sessions” to provide him with a space where he can describe his experiences.
The Real Housewives of New York City Season 13 airs Tuesdays at 9 / 8c on Bravo.