Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis addresses monkey emoji scandal

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Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis addressed the controversial monkey emoji she sent to a Black South Carolina radio host in the latest episode of the Bravo series.

The scandal erupted in the spring, when Charleston radio host Tamika Gadsden tweeted her dismay at a Trump parade party hosted by a friend of Kathryn, prompting the reality star to bombard her with private messages. , including the monkey emoji.

In a phone conversation with costar Madison LeCroy, Kathryn admitted she had felt “super depressed” in the weeks following the incident.

‘I was super depressed’: Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis addressed controversial monkey emoji she sent to a Black South Carolina radio host on Bravo series latest episode

“Honestly, I’ve been very depressed the past few weeks with everything that has happened with the Instagram emoji,” Kathryn said.

“It was really a mistake and it had nothing to do with race, politics, nothing,” she added.

In a confessional, Kathryn recalled the events leading up to her interaction with Tamika, and insisted that she was simply trying to defend her friend.

“My friend was having a Trump Parade Party and I’m not a political f ** king, I’m not a Trump fan, I’m not for anyone, but they were intimidating her like, this woman was criticizing my friend Katie. So I started to answer. I don’t even remember what I said, but I know the monkey emoji did show up eventually.

'It was really a mistake': Dennis reflected on controversy during phone call with costar Madison LeCroy

'It was really a mistake': Dennis reflected on controversy during phone call with costar Madison LeCroy

‘It really was a mistake’: Dennis reflected on the controversy during a phone call with costar Madison LeCroy

'I just stopped': Kathryn faced a wave of backlash after the incident, prompting her to retreat into her 'bubble'

'I just stopped': Kathryn faced a wave of backlash after the incident, prompting her to retreat into her 'bubble'

“I just stopped”: Kathryn was faced with a wave of reaction after the incident, prompting her to retreat into her “bubble”

'I don't even remember what I said': In a confessional, Kathryn recalled the events leading up to her interaction with Tamika, and insisted that she was just trying to defend her friend

'I don't even remember what I said': In a confessional, Kathryn recalled the events leading up to her interaction with Tamika, and insisted she was just trying to defend her friend

“I don’t even remember what I said”: In a confessional, Kathryn recalled the events that led to her interaction with Tamika, and insisted that she was just trying to defend her friend

“She continued to heart every message I sent, being just a hole **.” I was like, “This is how seriously I take this” with the monkey emoji, which I imagine like that, ‘Kathryn explained, striking a pose similar to the monkey emoji.

“Because it sounds funny. It’s embarrassing, and it’s my sense of humor. And now I’m apparently racist f ** king, ”she said.

Kathryn later apologized publicly to Tamika for the exchange, but the radio host refused to accept.

Kathryn was greeted with a wave of backlash afterwards, prompting her to retreat into her “bubble”.

“I imagine myself like that”: Kathryn explained, striking a pose similar to that of the monkey emoji.

No excuse: Madison Simon, who fired Kathryn as a brand ambassador for her clothing store Gwynn's in light of the monkey emoji scandal, reflected on Kathryn's controversial story during a lunch with her co-stars

No excuse: Madison Simon, who fired Kathryn as a brand ambassador for her clothing store Gwynn's in light of the monkey emoji scandal, reflected on Kathryn's controversial story during a lunch with her partners

No excuse: Madison Simon, who fired Kathryn as a brand ambassador for her clothing store Gwynn’s in light of the monkey emoji scandal, reflected on Kathryn’s controversial story during a lunch with her partners

Weigh-in: Women had lunch after attending a protest discussing the removal of a statue of John C. Calhoun, the former pro-slavery vice president who is an ancestor of Kathryn

Weigh in: Women had lunch after attending a protest discussing the removal of a statue of John C. Calhoun, the former pro-slavery vice president who is an ancestor of Kathryn

Weigh-in: Women had lunch after attending a protest discussing the removal of a statue of John C. Calhoun, the former pro-slavery vice president who is an ancestor of Kathryn

“I got so much negative reaction, so much hate, messages online,” she told Madison. “So I just closed. I’ve been like a bubble girl the last few weeks.

The scandal did not please many of Kathryn’s teammates, who went on to discuss Kathryn’s problematic behavior over lunch.

The women reflected on Catherine’s scandal and ambivalence over a statue of her ancestor, former Vice President John C. Calhoun.

Calhoun was pro-slavery, and Kathryn’s middle name is “Calhoun”.

Not having it: The scandal did not please many of Kathryn's teammates, who went on to discuss Kathryn's problematic behavior

Not having it: The scandal did not please many of Kathryn's teammates, who went on to discuss Kathryn's problematic behavior

Not having it: The scandal did not please many of Kathryn’s teammates, who went on to discuss Kathryn’s problematic behavior

“Catherine should definitely be here today,” Leva Bonaparte said over lunch after the protest. “Introduce yourself and say, ‘I’m related to John C. Calhoun, what he did was wrong, and I’m sorry. That would have been such a testament to, like, we go on.

Madison Simon, who fired Kathryn as a brand ambassador for her clothing store Gwynn’s in light of the monkey emoji scandal, reflected on Kathryn’s controversial story.

“I think for Kathryn it goes way beyond the fact that she can’t help who her ancestors are. It is true. However, she had the opportunity to speak up and be a better person, and she took a different path at every turn.

Controversy: Dennis sent Tamika a monkey emoji while hitting her over a tweet she sent about her friend's Trump event

Controversy: Dennis sent Tamika a monkey emoji while hitting her over a tweet she sent about her friend's Trump event

Controversy: Dennis sent Tamika a monkey emoji while hitting her over a tweet she sent about her friend’s Trump event

Apologies: Dennis then publicly apologized for the incident

Apologies: Dennis then publicly apologized for the incident

Apologies: Dennis then publicly apologized for the incident

When the DM was brought up, Madison said, “Everyone continues to emphasize this monkey emoji. I think it’s much more than the monkey emoji. I don’t know if you’ve read the whole thing… She said, “Stop trying to use your minority claim. You are what is wrong with Charleston. ”

“It’s so much more,” Madison continued. “It’s completely disrespectful and you know who you’re talking to. She tried to say that she didn’t know who she was talking to when she sent the monkey emoji, but if you tell that person to stop using their minority claim, it’s discredited.

“We had to make a statement. We fired her because we have to stand up for something and that’s clearly not it, ”Madison continued.

Tamika Gadsden landed in the midst of controversy in the spring after Kathryn sent her a monkey emoji

Tamika Gadsden landed in the midst of controversy in the spring after Kathryn sent her a monkey emoji

Tamika Gadsden landed in the midst of controversy in the spring after Kathryn sent her a monkey emoji

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