On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore made some vile remarks towards another cast mate; words that many are calling deeply transphobic and problematic.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann made her long-anticipated return to the Bravo franchise by surprising the cast at a “girls and gays” party that Nene Leakes was hosting. We’re not sure what that is, but it seems pretty stereotypical and problematic in and of itself.
Also, isn’t every party on any Real Housewives show already a “girls and gays” party? But let’s move on.
Zolciak-Biermann eventually went toe-to-toe with co-star Moore, accusing her of lying about her marriage with new husband Marc Daly. This is something Moore has been accused of quite frequently on the series.
After the ladies question Moore about when they will finally get to meet her man, Moore assures them, “Soon, hopefully soon.” In response, Zolciak-Biermann adds, “It ain’t gonna fucking happen, bitch, because he don’t exist.”
“Shut the fuck up, OK?” Moore responds, losing her cool. “Why do you have such a hard-on for me? Didn’t they cut it off during your reassignment surgery? Why do you have such a hard-on? Jack off somewhere. Get it off. Jack off somewhere, and get it off your chest.”
Fans took to social media right away to accuse Moore of transphobia. One wrote, “Smh @KenyaMoore calling @Kimzolciak transgender as an insult is not acceptable.”
Zolciak-Biermann retweeted that fan, adding to their statement, “Totally inappropriate and not funny at all. It’s a VERY real life situation that people go through!”
Kenya Moore doesn’t seem to think she has done anything wrong. She retweeted a fan who wrote, “Nothing @KenyaMoore said was transphobic. It was just a major read. Slowly rewind the episode and listen what she said. #StayMad #RHOA.”
Moore agreed with them, simply writing, “Exactly.”
But that’s just it. The “major read” was calling someone transgender as an insult. Pre-op or post-op, there is nothing funny about simply being trans. Kenya Moore needs to understand the damage her words can have on the LGBTQ community and apologize for them.