Kailyn Lowry is taking a timeout from Twitter. The “Teen Mom 2” star has been under fire this week after a racist interaction she had with her ex Jo Rivera in 2014 resurfaced on social media. Many angry fans have been tweeting that MTV should fire her from the show. In the wake of that, she deleted her Twitter account.
The incident happened when Lowry was having a conversation with Rivera about how he has their son’s haircut and the clothes he dresses him in.
“When he goes over there, you have him dress a certain way; you have him look a certain way; you have his hair cut a certain way, and that’s not who he is,” she says to Rivera in the clip. “I think you forget about the fact that he’s half-white and he’s half-Hispanic. I feel like you dress him in a stereotypical way and I don’t like it.”
Rivera responds by saying, “I don’t understand what your description of how I dress him is.”
“You dress him like a thug!” Lowry snaps back at him.
Kailyn Lowry from Teen Mom 2 is a racist and an abuser and should be fired. Here she is calling her own son a thug Because Jo didn't give him a white boy haircut. @MTV @TeenMom When are you going to fire her??? pic.twitter.com/h0ETLnmVH8
— La Diablita 😈🎩 YHLQMDLG (@Bebecitaaa69) June 10, 2020
Lowry has previously denied being racist and her friend Toni Ziegler defended her actions.
“She was wrong to say it, for sure, but she was upset that Jo tries to change Isaac’s life and look so much whenever he goes over there,” Ziegler explained. “Plus, a lot of the time Jo just does it because he knows it makes Kail mad. He likes to push her buttons.”
Beyond the conversation with Rivera, some have also pointed out that Lowry has retweeted tweets that use the n-word. She later claimed on Instagram that she didn’t know that was offensive.
A petition has been started to urge people not to support “Teen Mom” as long as Lowry is still a part of the show. It accuses Lowry of not using her platform to uplift people of color, but instead uses it to “bully and embarrass” them.
MTV announced earlier this week it was cutting ties with Taylor Selfridge after tweets she made in 2012 resurfaced in which she said black people scare her.
— La Diablita 😈🎩 YHLQMDLG (@Bebecitaaa69) June 12, 2020
The renewed outrage over the comments and the calls to have Lowry fired are coming amid people protesting nationwide and joining the Black Lives Matter movement to end systemic racism and police brutality.
It started over two weeks ago when George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers in the street. Hundreds of thousands of protestors have been marching ever since in every state across the country, and in some major cities worldwide, as well.