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Kim Zolciak-Biermann Offers Clarification For Her Racism Comments

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Kim Zolciak is finished. Still, she’s not exactly known for leaving gracefully. While it’s been confirmed that she’s not returning to the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the reality star wanted to clarify the comments that represented a “last straw” for many of the housewives themselves as well as the viewers at home.

During the reunion, Zolciak-Biermann was very upset about the allegations of racism from her castmates. In defense of herself, Zolciak-Biermann said, through tears,

“This whole racism thing, in this day and age, is bullsh*t.

“If social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t all that real.”

#rhoa #realhousewivesofatlanta #regram #drama #kimzolciakbiermann #kimzolciak #shereewhitfield #andycohen #rhoareunion I am a fan of Kim’s. This is #shocking. I hope she understands that #racism is real out here!

A post shared by Megan Thrasher ~The Socialite (@jamaicanmae) on Apr 25, 2018 at 12:57pm PDT

Given that racism is still very real and still very much a thing, fans of RHOA weren’t having it. Zolciak was promptly dragged on social media.

After all of the backlash, she released this statement, via her Instagram page, addressing her comments. To the surprise of no one, she fell back on the patented reality star response to being portrayed unfavorably: editing.

During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been. I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that “it’s not as real as it is now” referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show. I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA. I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.

A post shared by Kim Zolciak-Biermann (@kimzolciakbiermann) on Apr 26, 2018 at 4:25am PDT

I get it. Editing can make someone look like they reacted to something in a way they did not. They can even take words from one situation and apply it to an entirely different one. What editing cannot yet do at this point is splice words together in the way we heard them come out of Kim’s mouth. She said those words about racism being “not all that real.”

And I don’t care what type of context she was referring to, the comments would have never been appropriate.

The statement comes when it seems her words might have cost her. According to US Weekly, Zolciak-Biermann has also stopped filming her spinoff show, “Don’t Be Tardy.”

A source told the publication, “Kim and her team have halted all production for Don’t Be Tardy while her lawyers have been working around the clock to investigate and deal with the final episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion,” one source says. A second insider adds, “Kim has pulled the plug on filming. She’s very upset about the entire situation.”