You may recognize Miss Lawrence from Fashion Queens, but before that, he rose to fame on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, where Lawrence served as Sheree Whitfield’s hairdresser and confidante. You may also remember his song, Closet Freak, that Lawrence recorded with the help of fellow RHOA star, Kandi Burruss. Or maybe you don’t, because it didn’t do well. In any event, many fans were bummed to see him leave, considering he always provided some comic relief on a show that is filled with dramatics and diva behavior.
But why did Miss Lawrence really leave? Many have speculated that is was due to the homophobia that some of the ladies showed, but according to Lawrence, that is not true. Instead, he insisted that it had a lot more to do with the fact that no one is ever held accountable for their actions on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. And that’s not all he dished about.
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Miss Lawrence definitely provided some much needed laughs on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, and so many of us were bummed to see him leave. But rest assured, it’s not because of any homophobic housewives, at least according to Lawrence – sort of, that is.
Instead, Lawrence feels that the ladies could have handled it better. “What I’m saying is, they need to be held accountable for the cultural appropriation and they need to understand how to respect our culture — what’s appropriate to say and what’s not. I can almost assure you that if a white man was on a reality show and he got upset with a Black woman and said, “Black bitch,” it would be a huge uproar across America,” Lawrence told BET recently.
But one particular incident set the stage for his departure, Lawrence continued, “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. I knew that there’s no way I can call myself a social activist and be a real activist for my community on that show. I’m not angry with them; I just think they need to be educated.”
But another part of the issue for Lawrence was that he felt like an accessory. “Not everybody, I have genuine friendships with some of the girls, but I do know that most of it came out of convenience,” Lawrence went on to add. Meanwhile, if you’re missing Miss Lawrence, you can catch him on Empire these days.
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