Looks like Stassi Schroeder might be regretting buying a $2 million house and planning a lavish wedding in Italy.
The (soon-to-be former?) Vanderpump Rules star is currently in the midst of being canceled, and rather than speaking out and trying to save her career, it seems Stassi first opted for a “head in the sand” approach to her PR crisis,
Like millions of others, Stassi posted a black box on Instagram last week as part of “blackout Tuesday” a trend that was intended to support protests against the police murder of George Floyd.
But after that, Schroeder didn’t post anything on any social media platform for five days.
And it’s not because she took the blackout more seriously than others.
It’s because she was called out as a racist hypocrite.
Faith Stowers may not have been a member of the Vanderpump Rules cast for very long, but she certainly delivered the drama last week, when she called out co-stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute for some truly appalling behavior.
As one of only two black cast members to appear on the show in its eight-season run, Faith says she was bullied by her white castmates in ways that revealed their casual bigotry.
The most egregious incident occurred in 2018, when Stassi and co-star Kristen Doute called the police and alleged that Faith was guilty of drugging and robbing numerous people throughout the Los Angeles area.
“It was just funny, because [Schroeder and Doute] thought it was me because it was a black woman with a weave,” Faith revealed during a recent Instagram Live interview.
“So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me. It didn’t work, so they were upset about that.”
Stowers says she was also verbally harassed by Schroeder and Doute, who accused her of being homeless at one point.
In the week since, Stassi’s social media accounts have been bombarded with accusatory comments, and at least three brands have ended partnership deals with the reality star.
“We were not aware of her actions and realize that is unacceptable and part of our responsibility,” said a spokesperson for for vitamin brand Ritual in response to the scandal.
“We have ended our partnership with Stassi, and we are committed to doing more thorough diligence on all our brand partners going forward.”
Shaving brand Billie responded to a follower’s complaint by stating that the company will be “ending all of our partnerships with anyone who isn’t supporting the fight against racism.”
Stassi is currently engaged to Beau Clark, and she had been writing a column for a prominent bridal magazine, but that too has reportedly come to an end.
After almost a week of silence, Stassi posted a lengthy apology to her Instagram page today:
“Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better,” she wrote.
“I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused,” Schroeder continued.
“I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person,”
At that point, Stassi addressed Faith directly:
“My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that,” she wrote.
“I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness.”
Stassi concluded with an apology to her fans:
“I am also sorry to anyone else that feels disappointed in me,” Schroeder said.
“I am going to continue to look closer at myself and my actions – to take the time to listen, to learn, and to take accountability for my own privilege,”
Doute posted a similar statement at roughly the same time (looks like the former friends reconnected for their PR crisis):
“It never was my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better,” Kristen wrote.
All of this comes on the heels of years of complaints about Vanderpump’s lack of diversity, as well as a number of recent problematic comments from the show’s cast.
In the past, Schroeder joked about being a Nazi, but was given a pass by her Bravo bosses.
Just last week racist comments by Max Boyens forced the newcomer to apologize during the show’s reunion episode.
Currently, both Schroeder and Doute are still employed by Bravo, but we’d be surprised if part two of the reunion show — scheduled for Tuesday night — airs as planned.