‘Real Housewives Of Potomac’ Star Candiace Dillard Apologizes For Homophobic & Transphobic Tweets
Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard apologized for homophobic and transphobic tweets she made almost a decade ago that had recently resurfaced.
“I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife,” she said in the first part of her statement. She then thanked her LGBTQ fans for their support and continued her apology.
“I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans,” she wrote. “At the time I was a private citizen, speaking carelessly and crassly as we often do, and for my lack of better judgement, I am sorry.”
I want to address tweets that resurfaced from nearly 10 years ago that may have offended people I love dearly and those who have supported me as a Potomac Housewife. pic.twitter.com/t5N4s4SoiW
— Candiace Dillard Bassett (@candeegal) August 12, 2020
“While I have always considered myself an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, I recognize my words were insensitive, and undermined the support, reverence and love I have consistently tried to demonstrate through advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights and causes, as well as my personal relationships with those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
The RHOP star has deleted the offensive tweets that date back to 2010 and 2011, and has said she is “still evolving,” though she has “matured” since then.
“The language I used carelessly wasn’t acceptable back then, and it isn’t acceptable now. I acknowledge that my words were hurtful, and for that I am deeply sorry.
“In recent years, I have remained committed to the fight for equality for all. While I’ve personally experienced the pain of disenfranchisement as a Black woman, I will never know firsthand the hurt many LGBTQIA+ people experience from pervasive discrimination, family rejection, barriers to employment, homelessness, homophobia, transphobia and more.”
At the end of her note she wrote that this has been a “humbling experience,” and that she hopes that this could “serve as a teachable moment for those who are willing to listen and learn.”