Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is known for its stunningly beautiful cast of women, with their California sun-kissed or spray-on tans, Louboutin heels, Chanel handbags, well-manicured hands, amazingly well-kept figures, Bentleys and Mazaratis, and their plush, lavish homes sitting high on hills looking down upon the city of Beverly Hills. As many of the other Real Housewives shows have reportedly been struggling to keep up with Joneses, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are believed by many to be the wealthiest of all the Real Housewives. But did the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast show racism toward new cast member Joyce Giraud?
Much of the public was happy to see Giraud added to the Beverly Hills cast. The strikingly beautiful two-time winner of the Miss Puerto Rico title, she is successful in her own right and highly educated. She has reportedly tried to blend in with the other cast members, but her warm gestures have not been welcomed, leading many fans to question if some of the Beverly Hills cast members are displaying a touch of racism. Giraud reported to TMZ that she might not be asked to return to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because she simply was not accepted b y the cast.
Reportedly, mega star Lady Gaga shot a music video for her hit, G.U.Y., requesting the glamorous Beverly Hills beauties, along with their creator Andy Cohen (ironically playing the role of God), to make a cameo appearance. Most would jump at the opportunity to be featured in a production with one of the top music artists in the world, and many fans wondered why Giraud was missing from the music video. It is reported that Lady Gaga requested all of the cast to be a part of her project, but Giraud turned down the pop star’s offer. Word is that Giraud turned down Lady Gaga because of the harsh treatment she received from the cast during the filming of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion.
The episode that sent many fans into a rant and setting social media on fire was when cast member Brandi Glanville pressured Giraud to get into a swimming pool during a Palm Springs getaway hosted by Giraud. Giraud kindly responded that she did not want to get into the pool because she never learned how to swim. Glanville taunted her, “You’re a Black person!” Glanville, known by many for her vulgarity and classless behavior, tried to back track, realizing she was not among just her personal friends in the privacy of her own home at the kitchen table. This would eventually air before millions of viewers that included African Americans. Glanville explained that many of her Black “friends” do not swim because they fear getting their weaves wet. As the foot went deeper into Glanville’s mouth, Giraud became offended and hurt, but remained a composed and gracious host to the other women.
During this infamous trip and throughout the season, Glanville repeatedly disrespected Giraud by calling her the wrong name, explaining that the name of Joyce seemed to belong to a “big, fat pig.” Fellow castmates, Dutch model Yolanda Foster and South African self-proclaimed witch Carlton Gebbia, reportedly joined Glanville in the alienation and unwarranted attacks against the Latina beauty queen, giving many of the show’s fans no choice but to raise the question whether these women were exhibiting racism.
It is believed that when someone has to say, “I am not a racist,” nine times out of 10 this individual has possibly displayed the behavior of a racist. Giraud, reportedly the first minority cast member on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is no stranger to racism. Giraud told her castmates she is proud to be Puerto Rican, and educated Glanville, Foster and Gebbia that her Puerto Rican heritage is made up of African, Indian, and Spanish blood. Glanville responded that her ex-husband Eddie Cibrian is Cuban, so she could not possibly be racist. Much of the public question whether Glanville’s ignorance and out-of-control, drunken behavior are what eventually drove Cibrian into the arms of country star LeAnn Rimes. Foster’s explanation of her questionable demeaning and devaluing behavior toward Giraud is possibly due to her battle with Lyme disease. Many believe Gebbia continued to be disrespectful by ordering Giraud to shut up while she was defending herself during the reunion show.
Giraud reported that it would not be a bad thing if she gets dumped from the show. She might possibly be the one to tell Bravo this is not her idea of strong, powerful women. For Giraud, some of her castmates are like mean high school girls displaying the behavior of racists who lucked upon wealthy men. Giraud, proud to say, had success and her own money before becoming a housewife in Beverly Hills. Though some of the other castmates welcomed Giraud with open arms, others refused to accept her for reasons unknown.
As much as she has tried to extend the olive branch in response to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills racism toward her, Joyce Giraud’s days on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may be numbered. In Hollywood, those who are skilled at the game of cutting throats tend to survive. Giraud, apparently, is not willing to play.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner