She called out Stassi for bragging about calling the cops on Faith Stowers back in 2018. Tamron questioned her for describing herself as “Nazi chic.” She asked Stassi why she felt it was OK to complain about the Black community’s desire to be represented in film. And throughout that conversation, Stassi revealed that she’s hired a “diversity teacher.” Yes, apparently, that is a thing.
During the interview, Tamron said to Stassi, “There are people who don’t buy what you’re saying and I don’t gauge it by that. I know you’ve hired a diversity person to work with you to kind of understand. I am not convinced you fully understand how much of an impact you could have had on Faith’s life, the ramifications of all of this on her life, as a human being. As a Black woman.”
Stassi insisted, “I do absolutely understand. I’ve spent the last three months, yes, working with a teacher and learning about everything and there was so much that I didn’t know.”
She continued, “Like, I didn’t understand that just because something wasn’t about race for me that doesn’t mean it’s not about race for the other person because I’m bringing my experience as a white, privileged woman to this situation. And [Faith is] bringing her experience as a Black woman into this situation. Because it’s about race for her, it is about race and that’s something that I’ve realized.”
The disgraced reality TV alum said, “It was my fault that I had not educated myself before. It’s absolutely my fault that I didn’t know better, but the issue is that I did not know better.”
She also admitted, “I was so used to making jokes at other people’s expenses.”
Tamron asked, “Have you made race jokes before like that?” A visibly shaken Stassi stumbled on her words and said, “I’m not sure, like Nazi chic.”
Tamron pressed, “But about Black people? About Latinos? Have you ever made any other racial jokes with your friends that you recall?” Once again, Stassi struggled to get the words out, saying, “I don’t… the Nazi… the Nazi no. The ‘Nazi chic’ was a joke because I looked like that in the outfit that I was wearing.” Oh, girl. No.
Then, when they discussed the comments Stassi made against diversifying film to include more Black talent, Stassi said, “I have to say I have been wanting to talk about this podcast more because going through these past few months and working with a teacher and learning about Black history and just the obstacles that Black people face everyday, I look back on that podcast and I am so embarrassed that I even had those thoughts, much less put them out there.”
Stassi also revealed that she has weekly “homework assignments.”
At another point in the episode, Tamron straight up told Stassi, “I am shocked by your level of ignorance.” Stassi told her, “I do understand now. I truly, I truly do. I’ve been wanting to talk about this podcast because I would never… I now know how to speak for Black Lives Matter.”
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Tamron wasn’t buying that, asking Stassi, “How do you know that? I think that’s an over-reach. I don’t think you know how to speak for it.”
“All lives can’t matter until Black lives matter and that’s something that I’ve realized doing classes,” Stassi said.
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT STASSI HIRING A DIVERSITY TEACHER? IS SHE GENUINELY TRYING TO LEARN? OR IS THIS ALL TO REHABILITATE HER IMAGE?
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