Real Housewives of New York “stars” Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley have come under fire for tweeting out transphobic comments at a New York fashion show.
Medley & Morgan attended a special queer-inclusive runway show for designer Garo Sparo earlier this week. The two filmed some of the models making their way down the runway, and unwittingly recorded their own commentary as they tried to determine which models were transgender.
As model Yasmine Petty–who does happen to identify as transgender–made her way down the runway, Medley & Morgan let out some ignorant remarks.
"With a body like that, it's a guy."
— Haus of Bravo (@HausOfBravo) September 11, 2019
“Well, with a body like that, it’s a guy. That’s a guy,” Medley uttered.
“With a body like that it’s a guy. You’re absolutely right. Oh, lord,” Morgan agreed.
Their comments prompted an immediate, angry response from Petty herself:
“I was really excited to do the fashion show for Garo Sparo for NYFW because he was using models of diversity,” Petty told Page Six. “And I knew they were filming and I knew they were front row and literally, as I was walking down the runway, I heard them making these statements.” She also added: “It’s pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially this day and age and being in New York City. My philosophy is that people can’t choose their sexual orientation. They can’t choose their gender identity. They can’t choose or not choose to have a disability or a mental illness or even their race, but things people can choose to do is not to be rude and cruel to people over things they have no control over.”
Morgan & Medley issued an apology of sorts to Page Six. “We have a history as long-standing supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show,” the pair said in a joint statement.
Here’s hoping they meant it…