Gizelle Bryant sounded off after a physical altercation between Monique and Candiace Dillard went down, her diss highlighted during Bravo’s preview of the upcoming season.
“We have been able to hold ourselves above the stereotype, and in five minutes she took it away!” Gizelle said, in a scene featured in the RHOP Season 5 trailer.
“She breaks down the black race every time she steps out the closet with the wardrobe that she wears and those wigs, so she has no room to speak,” the reality star quipped.
Monique Samuels addressed Gizelle’s comments in light of her cast mate’s role as the ex-wife of megachurch pastor, Jamal Bryant.
“She is supposed to be a former first lady, someone who a person is supposed to be able to confide in about their issues and their spiritual journey [and] she brings down the entire black church when it comes to that narrative based on her actions so I’m really not surprised,” she continued.
“Misery and miserable people love to try and bring down people who are happy and at the end of the day we all have moments where we are out of character, none of us are exempt from losing control or having the need to defend ourselves,” she explained.
Monique Samuels claimed that Gizelle Bryant’s reaction to the dustup was hypocritical, because Gizelle was in the mix during a messy argument between Robyn Dixon and Ashley Darby, which aired in Season 2.
“When I hear her making comments like that I really don’t pay them any attention because I do remember in season two when she took Robyn to Ashley’s restaurant, which was a black-owned business, and she allowed another black woman to get in the face of Ashley and then proceeded to tell Ashley herself that ‘Charisse will drag you’,” Monique alleged.
“if Ashley had reacted in such a way that could’ve been the first physical fight on the show. So, I tend to not pay attention to people who literally live a life of hypocrisy,” the mom of three added.
Monique Samuels also suggested that her co-star was taking advantage of the current political climate for her own benefit.
“You see a lot of people, because of the climate, that will try and use black relations as a way to uplift themselves,” Monique explained.
“And my question is always, ‘Well what have you been doing for the black community and the black race and your own black people?’ Everything about me is pro-black. I can’t deal with clout chasers I can’t deal with people who are complete fame wh*res, and that’s what she is.”
“She’ll do anything to have some kind of light shine on her, but at the end of the day people are beginning to see right through it and to see her for who she is. She’s just a very ugly person on the inside and she’s to the point now where her outward beauty can’t even cover that up,” she concluded.
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Gizelle Bryant aimed her accusation at Monique Samuels shortly after the RHOP stars came to blows. The show is building up to the cast clash, and Gizelle stuck to her position last month, in an interview with In The Know.
“We all felt like the incident allowed the world to think the stereotype, when this show was breaking the mold of the stereotype,” she explained.
“So why on earth would you throw the stereotype in everybody’s face when we’ve worked so hard to not be that?”
“Like, forget the show. I’m not that, Robyn’s not that, Ashley’s not that. Like, we’re just not those women. So it was very, very hurtful,” Gizelle added.
“Take Monique and Candiace out of it. It was hurtful because it’s like, ‘Hey, we’ve worked so hard for five years, blood, sweat, and tears for where we are with this platform. And I don’t want to take this platform and throw it in the trashcan because you two want to act like nuts one night.’”
Gizelle Bryant added that her three children were “horrified” after hearing about the fight.
The Real Housewives of Potomac airs on Sundays, at 9 pm, ET, on Bravo.
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