NeNe Leakes is about to take her “Girl, bye.” phrase to court (no, it’s not cause Cynthia is filing for divorce)! According to “Black-owned family business” Tees in the Trap, a company that creates tees referencing pop culture and the “urban girl experience,” NeNe lifted their slogan and their t-shirt design, but then issued them a Cease & Desist letter for infringing on her territory! Oh dear.
NeNe became known for using the phrase “Girl, bye” on Real Housewives Of Atlanta, but this season she decided to expand on her vernacular by creating a line of tees that features all of NeNe’s “infamous” sayings – “Girl, bye.” included.
Unfortunately Tees in the Trap was already producing a tee that looks remarkably similar to what NeNe has brought to the market. They claim NeNe spotted one of THEIR tees in an Atlanta retailer – she was even photographed wearing it (see below) – and decided to co-opt the idea for herself! Then NeNe trademarked the phrase and is now demanding Tees in the Trap stop using it. Oh dear.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like Claudia Jordan on this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta as much as I do. Granted, I teeter back and forth with every episode, but she’s growing on me…much like a benign, oozing, sore, but growing on me nonetheless. Who’s with me? The newbie shows no fear calling out NeNe Leakes, and she may (almost) make me find Kenya Moore to be not as Krayonce as I once thought…ALMOST. This week, Claudia tackles yet another housewives nightmare vacay, and I think she’s spot on in her assessments.
Taking to her Bravo blog, Claudia begins, “WHEW! What trip! First of all I’d like to thank Demetria [McKinney] for inviting us all down to Puerto Rico for her do-over. And honey, what a do-over it was! The rooms were cute and cozy, the weather was amazing, and the pina coladas were fantastic! And on top of all that I really got to know Demetria a little more, and I just adore her. And of course like always I had a great time with Kenya and Cynthia [Bailey]. Those two really know how to have fun, and I appreciate their laid back and easy going demeanor. Our time at the pool was fun — especially watching Kenya attempt to speak both Italian and broken Spanish to our bartender in an attempt to wrangle up some local cuties!”
Porsha starts off sharing that she’s praying for Claudia. “Claudia’s attack was out of nowhere and I’ll always pray for my enemies and hope they find peace in their lives. She and I were not necessarily considered friends, but I had never spoken ill towards her, of her or tried to call her out. We had a professional relationship at Radio/Dish Nation. I know she wanted more of a friendship, but I have said previously I didn’t feel right about opening up to her.”
This story gets weirder by the minute. Yesterday some Reality Tea readers emailed us photos of posters that were plastered around Atlanta, depicting The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast with the slogan “Black Wives Matter,” a tacky play on the Black Lives Matter movement. Bravo reached out yesterday to clarify that they had nothing to do with the offensive posters. Today a company is apologizing for their part in the insensitive campaign, and seem to place blame on RHOA cast member Kenya Moore(or someone from her camp) for placing the poster order?!
We received a letter this afternoon from a group claiming to be behind the poster campaign. You can read it in its entirety below.
In her blog, Demetria discussed the madness in Puerto Rico, her apology to Phaedra Parks, the double standard within the group, and her performance.
Real Housewives of Atlanta is all about that drama! “These girls, these girls, these girls! My performance is approaching quickly and we’ve had nothing but shade, shadows, and pearl clutching the whole time,” said Demetria. “Really?! We are in Puerto Rico, why be so nasty and so rude?”
I mean, in case you didn’t catch the first twenty times it was mentioned, it’s not every day that NeNe apologizes. <eye roll> Claudia was not as impressed as NeNe’s ego expected her to be and more words were exchanged.
NeNe took to her blog to make sure we understand that NeNe only apologized for choosing that time and that place to call Claudia a whore. Otherwise, NeNe said what she said, and she meant it.
Several Reality Tea readers are outraged today after spotting racially insensitive ads popping up around Atlanta this weekend. The ads feature The Real Housewives of Atlanta with “Black Wives Matter” as a tagline. The ads are plastered all around the ATL and, as you can imagine, people are disgusted.
Our readers who sent over several examples of the ads are wondering if Bravo could be behind such a crass rip-off of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. I want to believe that Bravo has no idea this is going on!
First, Bravo may do some truly tacky and outrageous things at times, but being racially insensitive in such an offensive way doesn’t seem plausible. Second, while Bravo hasn’t bothered to update the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast photos in three seasons, this particular photo includes Porsha Williams. Porsha is no longer a full time Housewife and was photoshopped out of this year’s cast photo and Claudia Jordan was pasted in. And this “ad” photo also includes Demetria McKinney, who is also not a full time cast member. So it looks like an “outside” job and most likely not Bravo’s doing.