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Leah McSweeney Calls For More Diversity In 'Real Housewives Of New York' Cast

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By Clark Sparky

Fresh off her first season as a cast member on "Real Housewives of New York," newcomer Leah McSweeney is calling for more diversity on the show. The 37-year-old fashion designer told Page Six that she not only hopes to see different races represented on the series, but also people who are in different places in their lives. She feels the show doesn't accurately reflect the melting pot that New York is.

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“I hope that there’s not only diversity of race, but an even deeper diversity of where someone lives or what their interests are,” McSweeney told the outlet, “I hope that there’s just more diversity all across the board because New Yorkers are not a monolith, obviously. I think that it is gonna head in that direction.”

McSweeney went on to talk about race in American more generally, and the idea of being an "ally," a word she thinks we shouldn't even need.

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“When we’re talking about race and racism — why do we even have the word ‘ally?’” McSweeney said. “This is an everyone problem. ‘Ally’ shouldn’t even be a thing. Everyone should be against racism, no matter what freaking color you are, no matter where you’re from. It’s truly a very evil idea, racism in general. So it should be, across the board, completely looked down upon and destroyed.”

On Sunday, Bravo is airing a special called “Race in America: A Movement Not A Moment,” and several of the network's stars are interviewed for it, including McSweeney.

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McSweeney continued: In terms of being an ally,” she said, “I think it’s just like, acknowledging racism exists. That’s the other thing — people who say, ‘I don’t see color.’ I’m like, stop. Come on. That’s insane to say. I understand that’s a white person wanting to sound like they’re saying the right thing — it’s actually not the right thing to say — but they have good intentions.”

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Last month, McSweeney called out fellow cast member Ramona Singer for saying "All Lives Matter" in a social media post. She was replying to Singer's comment in which she blasted McSweeney and Elyse Slaine for joking that Singer "poops during sex" while making a Cameo video for a fan.

“Ok geriatric Regina George aka Miss all lives matter Don’t worry about the example I set for my daughter. She has an open mind and heart. Treats all with respect. Doesn’t see people or treat people as less than.’ Sees every race, religion, sexuality as equal, Elyse was ur actual friend (no idea why). You don’t deserve Elyse. OH HELL NO BITCH!”

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