Salt Lake City, UT – The newest cast member on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (RHOSLC) was fired by Bravo for “offensive” social media posts that she made during the 2020 riots criticizing Black Lives Matter.
Bravo announced that 44-year-old Jennie Nguyen, who just finished filming her first season in the newest city to join the popular show’s franchise, had been fired on Jan. 25, NBC News reported.
“Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member of ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,’” the statement read. “We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention. Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions.”
Nguyen, who is Vietnamese, found herself in the hot seat in early January after old social media posts in showed she described protesters as “BLM Thugs” and “violent gangs” during the nationwide riots that occurred after George Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.
The reality star, who has said she is a Republican, allegedly also shared memes that supported “White Lives Matter” and anti-vaccination content, NBC News reported.
“At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words are,” she posted to Instagram after the posts resurfaced.
Nguyen appeared on a livestream after Bravo announced she was fired to apologize and took “full responsibility” for what was posted under her social media handles even though she said some of it was done by her social media team.
“I just want you to understand, during that time I had a team of people that [were] helping me,” she said. “Whether they post it, I post it, it doesn’t really matter at this point. For me, it’s on my account, and I take full responsibility and accountability for what was posted.”
“I know I hurt a lot of people. I know my viewpoint during that time in 2020 was emotional and it brings back a lot of memories during that time when we went through such a tragic, terrible year,” Nguyen explained.
She didn’t attempt to defend the posts she made that had offended people and cost her a spot on the Bravo network, NBC News reported.
Nguyen called her own posts “disgusting” and “inappropriate.”
But she has defended her political leanings, NBC News reported.
“I want you to understand that my political stance, I still support that. I am very proud to be a Republican,” Nguyen said in a statement. “I am proud to be able to say I have the freedom of speech to choose and to have an opinion. I respect your opinion, I respect your political stance. We are different. But we need to respect each other and we need to understand that we live in this country, where we have the freedom to speak our mind, as well as we have freedom to choose.”
The Vietnamese reality star, whose family came to the United States as refugees on boats, was also the targeted of racist comments made by the show’s only black cast member during the season.
“I am very proud to be a Republican. I am proud to be able to say I have the freedom of speech to choose and to have an opinion,” she said. “I don’t tolerate violence but I do support my law enforcement. I know with every profession, there’s good and there’s bad. I don’t support the bad. I don’t support the brutality with black people or with any race.”
Interestingly, Nguyen wasn’t the only RHOSLC cast member to make questionable comments that could be construed as racist during the show’s second season.
Mary M. Cosby repeatedly referred to Nguyen’s “slanted” eyes during two episodes and claimed it was a compliment even after the Asian woman explained the term was offensive.
Nguyen is only the franchise’s third Asian cast member and the only housewife with Vietnamese heritage, NBC News reported.
Conservative commentator Megan McCain penned an opinion column for the Daily Mail in which she expressed concern about the Bravo network’s kneejerk reaction to the outrage over Nguyen’s posts.
McCain said she thought Nguyen’s posts were a mistake and said she didn’t condone them but said the cast member shouldn’t have been fired for sharing them.
“The summer of 2020 is one I will never forget and was an incredibly painful and emotionally charged time for every single American. Our country was and remains split,” she wrote. “Jennie represents the way many Americans felt during that time but who, if they want a future in entertainment, cannot voice publicly.”