AceShowbiz - "Vanderpump Rules" stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute responded to criticism leveled at them after Faith Stowers called them out for their racist behavior. Taking to their respective Instagram accounts, the two issued apology to Faith for their actions a few years ago.
"Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better," said Stassi on Sunday, June 7. "I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still folled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person."
"I also want to address my former castmate, Faith Stowers. My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that. I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions," she added.
"What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness. I am also sorry to anyone else that feels disappointed in me. I am going to continue to look closer at myself and my actions - to take the time to listen, to learn and to take accountability for my own priviledge," she concluded.
Meanwhile, Kristen wrote on her page, "I have been taking some time to really process what I've been seeing, feeling and learning. And I need to address something specifically that happened a few years ago with my former castmate, Faith Stowers." The James Mae designer continued, "Although my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement's treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions could have been to her."
"It was never my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance," she said, adding that she's "ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry" and that she "will do better. I have to do better."
This arrived after Faith exposed Stassi and Kristen Doute in an Instagram Live chat with "Floribama Shore" star Candace Rice. "There was this article in the Daily Mail where there was an African-American lady," she shared. "It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different, weird tattoos. I guess this woman was robbing people. And they called the cops and said it was me. This is like, a true story. I heard this from, actually, Stassi during an interview."
Stassi received a huge backlash following Faith's claims and the controversy also cost her some sponsor gigs. Buzzy shaving brand Billie revealed to Page Six that the company's "ending all of our partnerships with anyone who isn't supporting the fight against racism."