Annemarie Wiley PLAYS THE RACE CARD After Artist Depicts Her as Hulk Hogan in a Dress!
Annemarie Wiley is crying foul after a social media artist portrayed her in a controversial light. The unpopular Real Housewives of Beverly Hills newcomer accused artist, Ryan Casey, also known as @drunkdrawn, of creating a “racist” caricature of her and posting it on his Instagram account.
Casey drew the nurse anesthetist with a small head, a crabby expression and overly exaggerated muscular arms, and a vial of anesthesia as a pendant. The image included a bottle of propofol hanging around her neck.
The artist seemingly depicts all Bravo stars with the same critical eye, but Annemarie was not amused.
Annemarie Wiley reposted the since-deleted drawing on January 27, captioning the post — “RACISM and cyber bullying.”
She wrote — “In case anyone wants to understand the level that I’ve been dealing with… here you go. I am a black woman, I am a former collegiate athlete. I wake up at 4:30 am every day to work out, and I am proud of the muscles and body that I have earned.”
The Bravo newbie noted her height and weight, declaring that she was proud of her strong physique.
Annemarie then put Casey on blast for displaying alleged “racism and hatred” through his caricature.
“Drawing a black woman as a gorilla is disgusting and completely unacceptable! Black women are strong and beautiful. Throughout history black women have been villainized as combative, aggressive, angry, dangerous, and ‘animalistic’ at every opportunity!”
She added that she had been hit with other “micro-aggressions and name calling” since joining the RHOBH cast.
“This is an entirely different level of RACISM and HATRED!” Annemarie fumed. “Enough of the racism and enough of the cyberbullying. Shame on you drunkdrawn.”
Annemarie’s comments came only two days after Casey appeared on “Watch What Happens Live.”
Casey issued an apology on his Instagram page, shortly thereafter.
“I made a mistake,” the artist wrote. “If you follow me you know I exaggerate the human form and behavior in pop culture. I want to acknowledge the recent post ia made of Annemarie Wiley. I’ve seen Annemarie’s response and several followers mention the racism this triggers and I should have known better. I want to make it clear that was not my intention. Please forgive me and know that I will carry this lesson with me and do better going forward.”
Casey’s website explains that he often sketches while drinking and watching various “Real Housewives” franchises.
He further explained the evolution of his snarky style during his WWHL appearance. Real Housewives of New York alum, Luann de Lesseps, who appeared alongside Casey, laughed and clapped when he presented a comical drawing of her and former co-star, Kelly Bensimon, at a New York Rangers game. The drawing gave a nod to a past conflict between the two, featured during the recently aired Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip.
While Annemarie enjoyed some fan support, many people took issue with her assessment of the situation in defense of the artist. Critics sounded off after fan account, @bravohousewives, asked for feedback on the subject.
One fan said — “They drew an distorted version of a body builder type woman, not a gorilla. Is it wrong… yes but definitely not a gorilla.”
Another user agreed — “Lmao. That is not racist AT ALL!!!!!! It’s a caricature of her, and it’s pretty on point! There is no ape like drawing that I see! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂”
A third pointed out — “That page makes EVERYONE look horrible in their drawings. C’mon 😅”
A user said — “Am I blind? Where is the Gorilla? Not the drawing I see here.”
Another chimed in — “I’m sorry but when I seen the picture before reading her comment I didn’t even think of a gorilla. I first thought a man.”
A third person noted — “I’m a black woman and I did not think the exaggerated muscular drawing you did of her was racist. I actually thought it was spot on cause she’s so swoll. Anyway, everyone has their own perspective, but I didn’t find it offensive.”
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