Two Real Housewives of New York City cast members have been heavily criticized after making derogatory comments about a transgender model at New York Fashion Week.
Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan attended designer Garo Sparo’s runway show earlier this week, where they filmed the models and added their own commentary.
However, Medley and Morgan crossed a line when transgender model Yasmine Petty walked the runway.
In a video shared on social media, Medley can be heard saying, “Well, with a body like that, it’s a guy. That’s a guy.”
“With a body like that it’s a guy,” Morgan replied. “You’re absolutely right. Oh, lord.”
"With a body like that, it's a guy."
— Haus of Bravo (@HausOfBravo) September 11, 2019
The backlash on social media was immediate, and Petty herself responded in a statement to Page Six, saying that she overheard the comments while she was on the runway.
“I was really excited to do the fashion show for Garo Sparo for New York Fashion Week because he was using models of diversity,” she said. “And I knew they were filming the Housewives of New York and I knew they were front row and literally, as I was walking down the runway, I heard them making these statements.”
Petty continued: “It’s pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially this day in 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.”
Medley and Morgan later issued a statement apologizing for their comments.
“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,” they said.