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.
“To whom it may concern,
We would like to start by apologizing for our involvement in the Black Wives Matter Bravo TV Real Housewives of Atlanta posters. This was never supposed to happen the way it did. We are part of a design team from Chicago that also works out of New York City. We were hired by who we believe was a representative of Ms. Kenya Moore in early December to design and print these posters.
We are deeply sorry for propagating social injustice and pain in America. We are coming out about this because it has conflicted with our morals as a multi-racial design team. Major corporations and celebrities continue to exploit our culture for economic gain and as designers need to begin to stand our ground.
Unfortunately through the Atlanta team’s manipulation techniques they are attempting to gain recognition through controversy and we feel this is immoral. This must stop NOW. Bravo and their affiliates must be held accountable because they continue to promote bad role models and distract our culture of the critical issues facing our country.
To prove it was us we attached the original .PSD file with all the separate image layers. The posters were sent early Jan to a PO box in Atlanta. We do not know who put them up or where but we sent 50 total. We are trying to stop the rest from being put up. We are deeply sorry to anyone this hurt or angered. Again, we cannot apologize enough for allowing this period of cultural havoc to break down our already fragile society.”
Interesting, but the whole thing still feels very off. Why would you share who you “think” the client is? That should be kept private. We’re trying to reach out to Kenya’s people to see if she’d like to confirm or deny her involvement. I’m leaning toward total B.S. on this. Why would Kenya spend cash on promoting RHOA in a negative way? Love her or hate her, I just don’t think Kenya would be involved in this mess. Additionally, this company would need permission from Bravo to use those images in a mass ad campaign like that, especially one that they’re making money on and wasn’t sanctioned by Bravo!
It’s all too much for my migraine-addled brain today!
UPDATE: Kenya Moore’s rep shared a statement, ““I am not sure where this story surfaced from, but it is a lie and Ms. Moore had nothing to do with those posters. She has nothing but respect for RHOA and Bravo and would never disparage the show.”
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS LATEST DEVELOPMENT? IS IT ALL A HOAX TO CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR KENYA? IS THE COMPANY CLAIMING FAULT LEGIT?
Photo Credit: Reality Tea readers
Another pic we received last night: