LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Bravo re-released a March episode in which Kenya Moore from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” wore a Native American headdress as a costume for a Halloween party filmed for the series, Variety confirmed. Moore and Bravo apologized for the costume in March after the episode aired, and Moore again apologized at the cast reunion last month. A spokesperson for Bravo said the episode was edited shortly after it aired. Now Moore is only shown minimally as a “warrior princess,” as she put it on the show.
The new version of the episode is available on BravoTV.com, the Bravo application and on VOD. In a scene featuring a confrontation between Moore and LaToya Ali (a designated “friend” in the series), while they are sitting on a sofa, the camera shifts back and forth between Ali in a mermaid costume and various chairs. and decorations, rather than ever. focusing on Moore.
During the March 21 episode, cast members Porsha Williams and Drew Sidora both challenged their faith-based talks with the costume. “Kenya is a Native American warrior,” Williams told a producer. “I thought we weren’t doing this anymore. Like, I knew that girl was crazy, but add lame to the list. Add one hit to the list.” And Sidora, who clashed with Moore throughout her first season in the cast, said, “Kenya’s Native American costume is super problematic. But I’m not trying to crumple feathers before this girls’ trip. “
And after Cynthia Bailey was shown at the party asking Moore where she got the helmet, Sidora continued into the confessional, saying, “I’m still the only one seeing the issues in Kenya Moore’s decisions!”
Comments from the women dragging Moore for the costume remain in the edited episode, but without the full display of what she was wearing.
After the episode’s backlash and apologies from Moore and Bravo, a New York magazine article said the network had worked with IllumiNative, a nonprofit Native American educational organization, who spoke “to Moore and the RHOA production team on cultural appropriation “. IllumiNative had criticized Moore following the episode’s airing, saying in an Instagram post that “costumes that mock Indigenous peoples, defame our traditions and cultures, and perpetuate negative stereotypes are racist,” and de Bravo and from its parent company: “We are also extremely concerned that none of the producers or executives of @bravotv, @comcast, @nbcuniversal intervened, although several cast members pointed out how the costume was. uncomfortable, unnecessary and offensive on camera. “
This instance isn’t the first time in the past year that Bravo has returned and edited or removed something that had previously been released due to offensive content. Last summer, the network temporarily deleted several episodes of its “Southern Charm” show that had been flagged for racism, and ended up excising a scene in a season three episode in which cast member Kathryn Dennis performed. gleefully gives a guest a tour of his family’s plantation, casually pointing to a slave graveyard. And a transphobic episode from the first season of “Below Deck” has completely disappeared.
At the time, a spokesperson for Bravo told Variety that the review was something the network was doing to report potentially offensive content.