'Why Are You Such a Racist?': 'WWHL' Caller Confronts 'Vanderpump Rules' Star Stassi Schroeder
“These are lessons that I need to learn,” Stassi says Monday night.
Stassi Schroeder stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" Monday night, where a caller wasted no time in forcing the "Vanderpump Rules" star to answer the tough questions.
"Hi, this question is for Stassi," the caller said. "Why are you such a racist?"
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An audible gasp came from the audience as Stassi let out a big sigh. "Stassi, now’s your time," host Andy Cohen said.
"Oh, goodness gracious," she began. "Obviously I’m not, and it’s a frustrating thing that I feel like I have to deal with, but no, I don’t have to deal with it, meaning I’m not a victim in any way of what I’ve said. I say things that I don’t realize will hurt people’s feelings sometimes, but I think my actions speak louder than the stupid comments that I make sometimes. And I’m learning how to be better."
"You know, before social media, everyone was able to kind of learn on their own a little more gracefully without the world being outraged at everything they said," Andy said. "It’s a tinderbox of emotion right now because everyone’s being looked at under a microscope, so it’s challenging."
"These are lessons that I need to learn to be able to understand other people’s feelings and what they’ve been through," Stassi added, calling herself an "idiot" for always "stepping in it."
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On an earlier episode of "Vanderpump Rules," Stassi asked SUR hostess Billie Lee — a transgender woman — to appear on her "Straight Up with Stassi" podcast to help people "open their eyes to what the transgender community has to go through."
Billie agreed to do the interview, but before things got started, she told Stassi that Ariana Madix, Lala Kent and Scheana Marie had warned her about doing the sit-down.
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In a flashback, Ariana told Billie, "She did an episode on her podcast, and she was like, ‘Well, I don’t know why those people always make award shows into a thing about politics and race. I hope you school Stassi’s ass on her f-cking privilege because this bitch actually takes pride in being ignorant."
The podcast episode Ariana was referring to aired in May 2017 following the Academy Awards. "Everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all that stuff — I’m like, why is it always just about African Americans?" Stassi said during the podcast. "Why aren’t the Asians being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why aren’t Native Americans and Latinos being like, ‘We’re not represented’? Why is it that it’s always just that?"
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