On Wednesday, the former Real Housewive of New York star announced that she would be “donating cash cards to black businesses who have suffered.”
“#Bstrong will donate cash cards to black-owned businesses who have suffered. Our goal is to start w a small number of 100 businesses. My goal was 20k #coronakits & we did $18m, so let’s dream big. #thisisaculturalcrisis @GEMmissions #dreambig,” Bethenny tweeted.
Some fans took issue with Bethenny’s decision to focus solely on black-owned small businesses first. However, the Skinnygirl mogul defended her decision.
“FYI, the black community has been hit the hardest by COVID. To get hit by the pandemic, then a TKO by the riots is why the FIRST 100 businesses will be black-owned. I can explain it to you, but I can not understand it for you #sorrynotsorry,” Bethenny wrote on Instagram.
She continued, “Separately #Bstrong has helped every single state in this country with PPE, which affects all communities and races.”
“If I was helping female businesses, would I be SEXIST?” she added.
“PEOPLE NEED TO COMPLAIN-particularly when they are not doing anything themselves to help. I would like for every critic on here to provide me with the link and information on your humanitarian work. I would like to see exactly how you are helping. Walk me through it, and maybe I’ll donate to your superior idea. Get back to me, ok. I’ll be here waiting. I know you need to take time to troll and drag and call me racist, but when you get a free minute, show me how you are helping anyone. Thanks much,” Bethenny further explained.
Despite the very unnecessary drama surrounding Bethenny’s decision, B Strong reached its financial goal to help 100 black-owned small businesses in ONE DAY.
“Bstrong will reach our goal of funds for 100 businesses today. Money is FLYING in! Tomorrow we will raise money to help the second group of 100 businesses of ALL races. #bstrong #thisisaculturalcrisis THANK YOU,” Bethenny tweeted.
“We are crushing the game with the donations. You are helping so many people in peril… #Bstrong,” she added.
“We have reached our goal for mission 1 in ONE DAY because of YOU. Your power is astounding and infinite. Tomorrow we will begin a raise for mission 2 to help 100 small businesses nationwide with #bstrong cash cards. #thisisacrisis,” Bethenny later celebrated.