Garcelle Beauvais is speaking out in support of her friend and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-star, Sutton Stracke, who has been involved in a heated racial debate with Crystal Kung-Minkoff for the past couple of episodes of Season 11.
“I think she’s misunderstood,” Beauvais admitted to Hollywood Life on June 12.
During an episode of the show that aired at the end of last month, Stracke shut down Kung-Minkoff, the series’ first Asian cast member, as she discussed her past experiences with racism.
Garcelle Beauvais Addresses Potential Racism Amongst The ‘RHOBH’ Cast
While allegations of racism have been thrown around on social media, Beauvais went on to say that when it comes to Stracke and the rest of the cast, she’s never felt that any one of them is racist.
“Sutton is not a racist. Nobody on the show is a racist,” she confirmed.
As the ladies of the show attempted to enjoy a girls trip to Lake Tahoe, their time was tainted by the controversy surrounding Stracke and Kung’s conversation, as well as the past drama between Beauvais and Kyle Richards.
Garcelle Beauvais Went To War With Kyle Richards Over A Charity Donation At The ‘RHOBH’ Season 10 Reunion
After Richards called out Beauvais for failing to come through with her promised charity donation at the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reunion, Beauvais, whose donation had simply been late, explained to Richards how hurtful the topic was due to the stereotype surrounding Black people and their bills.
Luckily, after sitting down for a lunch date with one another early on in season 11, Richards was able to better understand why her comments were out of line and they are now in a better place.
Sutton Stracke Publicly Apologized To Crystal Kung-Minkoff After Their Race Debate
Although things between Stracke and Kung-Minkoff have remained up and down in recent weeks, Stracke did apologize publicly to Kung-Minkoff, admitting it was “disrespectful to interrupt her and not listen to her express her truth.”
Looking back at the tension between her cast mates, Beauvais said that there is a lot that fans don’t see on the show.
“What happens and what people don’t understand: we shoot — we flew to Tahoe, we shot all day, we’re drinking the entire time and when people are talking, they tend to talk over each other,” she explained.
Garcelle Beauvais Doesn’t Believe Sutton Stracke Meant Any Harm
“I don’t think she was trying to take anything away from Crystal’s story,” Beauvais added. “Sometimes you want to tell your story too and you might talk over a friend and I think people can be really hard and she owned up to what people were saying in terms of her interrupting Crystal. She didn’t mean any harm.”
For more of Beauvais, Stracke, and their cast mates, don’t miss new episodes of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season 11 on Wednesday nights at 8/7c on Bravo.
And, to find out what Beauvais said about the pressure and stress she felt after being named as the first Black cast member of the show, scroll down to the article below.