Stassi Schroeder is owning her past racially insensitive actions.
This interview comes three months after Stassi was fired from Vanderpump Rules. In June, Stassi was let go by Bravo after racially insensitive remarks from her past were brought back into the spotlight.
“I needed time to process my feelings. I needed time to process what happened. I feel like one of the most frustrating parts when this all went down was that people expected me to just understand immediately, and things like that take time,” Stassi explained. “I felt like it would be better for me to get a greater understanding of everything and the issue before I opened my mouth again.”
“I’m someone who messed up quite a few times. I am the reason why I am in this situation. I think a lot of people wanted me to focus on cancel culture and whether I was a victim or not, and that’s just not how I feel at all,” she added.
Tamron then pointed out that many believe that Stassi is a racist.
“That is absolutely the hardest part, just going out to a restaurant or going to the grocery store and wondering if that’s what people think,” she admitted. “And throughout this whole thing I recognize, I never felt like I was a racist, I don’t have hate in my heart, but I recognize that I wasn’t anti-racist. I wasn’t, and that’s something I’ve been learning throughout all of this.”
She continued: “I have spent my life as a privileged person. It is my fault; I have to say this, that I had not educated myself before. It’s my fault that I didn’t know better.”
As we’ve previously reported, Stassi is expecting her first child, a baby girl, with her fiancé Beau Clark in January 2021.
Stassi insisted that she’s trying to become a better person for her unborn daughter.
“I want to be a better person. I’m pregnant, and I want my daughter to be proud of me,” she said. “And I want to be part of the solution. I’ve been a part of the problem for years now. And I recognize that and that’s why I say, I don’t feel like I’m a victim of cancel culture. People want me to be mad at it, and I’m not. I needed it. I needed that.”
“That’s something I asked my coach about all the time and how best to talk to a child about this. Because, like I mentioned earlier, when I was learning about everything, I think the weeks that we focused on Black history, a light went off in my head,” Stassi explained. “Just learning about everything for a couple [of] weeks straight all at once just made me, I had never thought about the oppression that Black people face in that way. There was just so much that I didn’t understand. And again, it’s my fault that I didn’t educate myself.”
As for how she found a coach, Stassi said, “Word-of-mouth, Google, the same way you find anyone else. I wanted to have a safe space to ask questions. And talk about these things. I didn’t want to just talk to my friends about them. It’s on Zoom, and we meet once a weekend. I have homework, and we have discussions and all of that.”
When asked if she now supports the Black Lives Matter Movement, Stassi confirmed that she does.
“Black people are dying. Because they’ve been oppressed for 400 years, all lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter. I’ve realized, in doing classes,” Stassi said.
Now, let’s dive into some of the highlights of Stassi’s interview with Tamron Hall.
On why She and Kristen Called the Cops on former co-star Faith Stowers: “Kristen knew [people] who were texting her and said, ‘There’s this girl who has stolen from us, and we think it’s this person in the article and she saying she’s on your television show, and her name is Faith. And when you’re on a show like Vanderpump Rules, your existence on that show is kind of dependent on sticking your nose in other people’s conflict or creating conflict that might be woven into a storyline. And not to say this is completely my fault because I was absolutely wrong, but it wasn’t just a photo that we saw. There were other reasons why we had thought that. … I legitimately thought we were solving crime. I literally thought that. I was completely wrong. I was completely, completely, completely wrong.”
Tamron pointed out that Stassi and Kristen put Faith’s life at risk by calling the cops on her, to which Stassi replied, “I didn’t understand that just because something wasn’t about race for me doesn’t mean it’s not about race for the other person, Because I’m bringing my experience as a white, privileged woman, to the situation and she is bringing her experience as a Black woman into the situation, and because it’s about race for her it is about race, and that’s something that I’ve realized.”
As for that infamous “Nazi chic” photo that she posted in 2018, Stassi said, “It was [a] poor joke among me and my friends, and it was so wrong. I have spent my life as a privileged person, and it is my fault. I have to say this that I had not educated myself before. It’s absolutely my fault that I didn’t know better. The issue is, I did not know better. I was so used to making jokes at other people’s expense. … ‘Nazi Chic’ was a joke because I look like that in the outfit that I was wearing, and that was about me.”
The conversation then moved on to another one of Stassi’s more controversial comments. On an episode of her podcast, Straight Up With Stassi, the former reality star vented about her issues with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag.
“I’m really sick of everyone making everything about race. I’m kind of over it…everyone giving their impassioned speeches about race and all that stuff. I’m like ‘why is it always just about African Americans?’” Stassi said at the time.
Stassi admitted she’s “so embarrassed” by her past comments.
“I was a Karen who basically said, ‘But what about all lives matter?’” she said. “Black people are dying because they have been oppressed for 400 years. All lives can’t matter until Black lives matter, and that’s something that I’ve realized.”
When asked about the lack of diversity on Pump Rules, Stassi said, “We definitely noticed and on our show [it’s] something that’s been made aware to us. I can’t help who works at the restaurant, though.”
Despite the acknowledgment, Stassi is unsure if Bravo plans to add more diversity to the Pump Rules cast.
“I don’t know that it’s necessarily because of what I’m going through. I think it’s just time, honestly,” she said.
As for how Stassi learned she had been fired from Pump Rules, she explained, “I got a call from my producer and my lawyer that morning. I understand why I didn’t have a chance to explain myself; I’ve messed up a lot.”
Speaking of being fired, Tamron then pointed out that many believe Jax Taylor, who also made comments about Faith, should be fired from the show.
“I don’t want to see any of my friends fired, and I don’t want to speak to that,” Stassi confessed.
To wrap, Stassi revealed that she is done with reality TV for good.
“That ship has sailed,” Stassi revealed when asked about her future on reality TV. “And my life feels very different right now. I think when something like this happens, and you get pregnant on top of it, you take inventory of your life, and you think what is going to be the best for my future child. I think getting drunk and starting conflict and misbehaving on a reality show isn’t my journey anymore.”
While Stassi may be done with reality TV, she tells PEOPLE that she plans to resume her podcast, Straight Up With Stassi.
“My podcast was and is so important to me, and I think that it would be a good way for me to continue doing what I like, while also making some sort of a difference,” she said. “I think this time around, I would maybe focus a little more on asking questions and listening while still voicing my opinions.”
It’s unclear if Bravo will renew Vanderpump Rules for season 9.
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Source: Us Weekly