One of the stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac has apologized for decade-old homophobic tweets and comments.
Candiace Dillard took to social media to issue her mea-culpa after screenshots of several now-deleted tweets began to circulate on the internet.
“To my loyal fanbase,” she wrote, “particularly the LGBTQIA+ viewers, thank [you] for your unwavering support. I love you,’ she began, adding: “I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans.”
“While I have always considered myself an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community,” she continued, “I recognize my words were insensitive and undermined the support, reverence and love I have consistently tried to demonstrate through advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, as well as my personal relationships with those who identify as LGBTQIA+.”
“This has been a humbling experience, but I remain committed to learning and listening to become a more effective and emphatic all,” Dillard concluded. “My prayer is that this may serve as a teachable moment for those who are willing to listen and learn as it has been for me.”
I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife. pic.twitter.com/t5N4s4SoiW
— Candiace Dillard Bassett (@candeegal) August 12, 2020
Despite her apology, screenshots of Dillard’s past tweets continue to circulate, enraging fans.
“Queenie gay men irk me,” she tweeted in 2010.
She also knocked men who are “too into fashion,” saying “When u do too much, I’m disgusted. Makes me think ‘gay.'”
Dillard even once referred to fellow Real Housewife Phaedra Parks’ then-husband Apollo Nida “a little gay” in one instance.
Despite her apology, Twitter users continue to drag Dillard for her past remarks.
Girl I can’t wait til you’re cancelled ???? not even from these tweets necessarily because i literally called that this would happen; but from the clips I saw from your live the other night, you haven’t changed one bit from these tweets. Don’t even pretend to be sorry.
— Chelsea H (@Acre2119H) August 12, 2020
“Girl I can’t wait til you’re cancelled,” wrote user @Acre2119H. “Not even from these tweets necessarily because i literally called that this would happen; but from the clips I saw from your live the other night, you haven’t changed one bit from these tweets. Don’t even pretend to be sorry.”
News Flash!!! Trying to save your reality tv job with words does not mean you are sorry girl. The things you’ve done are one thing, the things you continue to do make you guilty. ?
— Proud to be woke (@TraceyLMcDaniel) August 13, 2020
“News Flash!!!,” said user @TraceyLMcDaniel. “Trying to save your reality tv job with words does not mean you are sorry girl. The things you’ve done are one thing, the things you continue to do make you guilty.”
Neither Bravo nor executive producer Andy Cohen (who is gay himself) have commented publicly on Dillard’s remarks.