Last night’s episode of #ApresSki took a u-turn that turned off MANY viewers. Since the descent into racism occurred during the episode I have no choice but to recap the events in my blog. A dinner conversation between the cast turned ugly when Operations Manager Elise Wims reprimanded Bobby Crowder’s butler assignment to Kendra Larkin as racist move. Watch below:
How do you come back from your manager insinuating you had racial motivations when tasking a co-worker with being a butler? Every member of the Gibbons Life team has been a butler, but when the woman of color gets the job it’s because she is black? That is bullshit. Bobby Crowder wanted to work with his best-friend Charlotte-end of story. Both had felt Kendra Larkin had been too bossy with them last week when she was in charge and told her so politely. In comes as no surprise that when it’s Bobby’s turn to head-up the team he chose Charlotte to be his partner, and Kendra to do the “concierge” one-on-one service with the client. EVERYONE on the team is in service to the whims/desires of the client-color plays ZERO in those qualification. By throwing out the “race” card Elise has made it impossible for her team to trust her and has created a hazardous work environment. She owes everyone at the table (Bobby, Charlotte, Lynsey, and Kendra) an apology for her comments. Perhaps she is forgetting Bobby Crowder also comes from a minority population as a gay male? I don’t believe it will be possible for Elise to continue managing operations for Gibbon’s Life after her outbursts. No employer can risk having the lawsuits from employees over an unsafe work environment, even on Reality TV!
Kendra Larkin and I had a conversation on Twitter last night, and I appreciate her view point. It’s a great reminder for Elise and the rest of us to remember we all have different experiences that shape our thoughts. Sometimes the most innocent statement can be taken to the darkest place. We all need to hear each other out before resorting to angry outbursts and labeling.
Charlotte Fenton had this to say about Elise Wims’ comments to Bravo
“Bravotv.com: What is your take on the whole “butler” argument?
CF: The racial component of the butler argument was shocking, totally unnecessary, and extremely hurtful. Bobby and I both walked away from it feeling gutted. To insinuate that Kendra was picked for the role due to her skin colour is absolutely ludicrous. For what it’s worth, I also have two degrees but still work my ass off as the assistant. I literally never complained about what jobs I had to do once. The term “butler” in this context is totally colour/cultural neutral and similar to the roles played by Bobby for Kiki and her friends.
I feel horrible if both Kendra and Elise genuinely felt that Bobby made his decision based on skin colour. I know and can say from the bottom of my heart that this was not the case. He 100% based his decision on the fact that I am his best friend and we stick together as much as we can. Canada may well have a unique multicultural perspective, but that is irrelevant in this case where sadly it seems to me that Elise is burdened with a pre-existing victim complex and clearly additionally has no knowledge of Canadian societal standards.”
Bravotv.com: When Kendra was telling Elise about the dinner with the rest of the team, were you surprised by how upset she was?
Charlotte Fenton: I was honestly shocked to see how upset Kendra was when she was downloading to Elise what happened the previous night. I think being an only child might have something to do with this. It seems as though the tiniest bit of constructive criticism hits her really hard. Bobby told her he felt a bit bossed around by her, not that he was planning on stealing her first unborn child.
I do wonder why Elise Wims is on #ApresSki?? She’s already a Reality Star! Perhaps that’s where her attitude comes from? She’s been on “Hell’s Kitchen 2011” NBC’s “Food Fighters 2014” and has her own website >>http://www.elisethedivachef.com/ Now we know where Wims learned how to be dramatic and get rewarded for it, welcome to BravoTV (Owned by NBC your former employer!)
On next week’s #ApresSki Bobby Crowder reports Elise to her supervisor Tamara Moore in a clip #ApresSki below
Unfortunately it looks like Elise and her freak-flag are still waving……..see the second clip.
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