Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have apologized after being accused of racist behavior toward former “Vanderpump Rules” cast member Faith Stowers.
“I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling and learning,” Doute, 37, said in a lengthy statement on Instagram on Sunday. “And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers.”
She continued, “Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions would have been to her. It never was my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better.”
Stowers, 31, alleged in Instagram Live chat last week that Doute and Schroeder called police to investigate her because they believed a photo of a suspect looked like the Bravo show’s only black reality star.
“There was this article in the Daily Mail where there was an African American lady,” Stowers explained. “It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. I guess this woman was robbing people. 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.”
Doute shared a tweet in April 2018 that appears to validate Stowers’ story. Schroeder also recounted the incident on a now-deleted episode of the “Bitch Bible” podcast.
“We are like, we just solved a f—king crime,” Schroeder said at the time. “We start calling the police. The police don’t give a f—k.”
On Sunday, the “Straight Up With Stassi” podcaster said it was “important” for her to “continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better.”
The apology addressed not only the incident involving Stowers, but also remarks Schroeder had made on her podcast, saying, “Why aren’t the Asians being like, ‘We’re not represented.’ Why aren’t Native Americans and Latinos being like, ‘We’re not represented.’ And whenever they get upset everyone has to go above and beyond to then make them happy.” The “them” referred to black people.
She wrote in apology, “I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person.”
Speaking to Stowers directly, Schroeder added, “My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that. I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness.”
The statement comes two days after Schroeder was dropped by several brand partnerships over her comments. It appears she has not apologized to Stowers privately or in person, according to Stowers.
When a fan asked Stowers via a direct message whether Schroeder or Doute have reached out, she responded, “No they did not.”
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