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“Shahs of Sunset” Star Lilly Ghalichi Apologizes For AIDS Joke

Shahs of Sunset‘s Lilly Ghalachi really stepped in it during the reality show’s most recent episode: Working with a model who was trying on some of her line of bathing suits, Ghalachi “joked” that she was scared to touch a swimsuit that had been tried on before  because “there might be AIDS on there.”

Oh, hilarious!

Ghalachi is a new arrival on the show so you might be tempted to think she just doesn’t realize her words are being replayed before hundreds of thousands of viewers. But this self-proclaimed “Persian Barbie” is not bobblehead—In addition to being a designer, model and blogger, she’s a licensed attorney. She should know better.

And apparently she realizes that. In a message to Instinct, Glalachi apologized for her tasteless comment:

First off, I would like to apologize to everyone for the inaccurate and unacceptable joke. AIDS is a very serious disease and there is nothing funny about it.

Secondly, I am so ashamed that I of all people made a comment to further the stigma of AIDS. Clearly I am intelligent enough to know that you cannot spread AIDS via a soiled swimsuit, however I was not intelligent at all at that moment to make a joke about it.

What I was intending to allude to were certain STDS or infections, which for example you 100% can spread crabs from a soiled swimsuit. AIDS, however, is not transmittable via a soiled swimsuit and I am mortified with myself for making a joke that implies it can be.

I am not a perfect person, and having cameras follow you around 24-7 is difficult. We all make inappropriate jokes and say things we shouldn’t of in our private moments. The difference is my life is exposed to the world, I don’t have private moments. Because of this, I should be held to a higher standard, and I truly do apologize for what I said. It is inexcusable.

To anyone struggling with the disease, or that may have family or friends fighting the disease, I am the most sorry to you. I am a very loving person and I hope anyone offended by the comment will find it in their heart to forgive me and give me another chance.

I am going to contact the AIDS Awareness Society to try and make a statement with them letting everyone know how inaccurate and unacceptable my joke was. In my heart I want nothing more than to help destroy the ridiculous stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS, I apologize to everyone for my ridiculous joke, and I hope one day I can use my platform to help AIDS Awareness.

Hmm, a vapid reality star makes a tasteless AIDS reference? Where have we see that before?

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Dec 10, 2012
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  • 1 Comment
    • Panda777

      When I first saw Lilly on “Shahs Of Sunset” I thought what a beautiful and sart women. Who has her act together…………record skip……….after last nights episode about with the ” AIDS” comment. It was obvious this is yet another example of someone who speaks without a filter. Lilly don’t just contact Aids Awareness Society….make it a visual part of your story line on the show and make it right. Show your inner beauty I know you have.


      Dec 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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