A much needed apology
Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have come under fire this weekend, when Faith Stowers revealed the treatment she received on set of Vanderpump Rules.
Stowers revealed that the two reality alums wanted to take revenge out on her because of her affair with Jax Taylor.
"There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African-American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos," Stowers said.
"They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people," Stowers revealed. "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," she continued.
"I left the show. I was invited back to tell my truth but decided it wasn’t gonna do anything for me. So I ended up not coming back, I decided to go over to MTV," Stowers added.
People reported that Schroeder did indeed admit to this in 2018 in a podcast appearance.
On Sunday, Schroeder took to Instagram to post her public apology, saying that she is taking accountability for her actions.
"Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better," she wrote.
"My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that," she continued.
"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."
Doute also wrote her own apology shortly thereafter, and said that she, too felt bad about her actions.
"I have been taking some time to really process what I’ve been seeing, feeling, and learning. And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers," she began.
"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," Doute said.
"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," she concluded.
Stowers has not responded to the apologies, but the actions of Schroeder has cost her a few endorsement deals.
A shaving brand named Billie announced over the weekend that they would be "ending all partnerships with anyone who isn’t supporting the fight against racism, including Stassi." Schroeder also lost a deal with SecretDeodorant and a vitamin brand.
Stassi took a break from her podcast this week to "take the time to educate" herself, and reflect on this learning opportunity.