Miss Lawrence used to be a staple in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast. However, his appearances have been decreasing over the past few seasons. Lawrence can still be seen on television by co-hosting Bravo’s “Fashion Queens,” and now he will be appearing on the hit series “Empire” as well.
During an interview with BET, Lawrence revealed he will be playing himself on the second season of “Empire.” “I am!,” Miss Lawrence said of playing himself on “Empire.” “I started out in performing arts so now I’m able to go back to performing arts on my own terms, being comfortable and walking in full acceptance and truth of who I really am.”
Later in the interview, Lawrence was asked about his time on RHOA and why he truly left. According to Lawrence, his exit had to do with Marlo Hampton’s homophobic comments, and the incident when Kenya Moore’s friend Brandon was in a physical altercation with Apollo Nida. “I left the Housewives of Atlanta for that very reason — well, that’s one of the reasons that I left,” he said of the incidents on the show. “We don’t hold a lot of women accountable for culture appropriation. They love to borrow from the culture, steal intellectual property from the gay community, and most of them don’t give back. The first time an inflammatory situation arises the first thing that comes out of their mouth is ‘queen’ or the whole f-bomb. The one episode where Kenya [Moore]’s friend got beat up at Nene’s party, no one was held accountable, there was no real apology put in place. I knew then that was not a place to occupy my time.”
Lawrence also discussed feeling like the “token gay” on RHOA. He continued, “I have genuine friendships with some of the girls, but I do know that most of it came out of convenience. Most of it came out of being the token gay.”
What are your thoughts on what Miss Lawrence had to say? Do you agree with him that the women on RHOA culturally appropriate the gay community?