New cast member Eboni K. Williams confronted Ramona Singer about her language on Tuesday The Real Housewives of New York City. Williams is the first black cast member of the series and has already made headlines for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and Central Park Five sweatshirt in her debut. In this episode, she discussed Singer’s use of the word “help” when referring to her white hospitality director.
“The ‘help’ comment was a little triggering for me,” Williams told Singer. “My grandmother worked as a housekeeper all her life. So you know why ‘the help’ isn’t the best way to refer to someone.”
Although Singer’s hospitality director was white, the term has often been used to refer to black servants. So Williams gave Singer a chance to explain why she uses the term.
“I hire people to help me, so for me she helps me,” explains Singer.
Williams accepted Ramona’s explanation, but also used the situation as a teaching moment.
“That’s like a literal interpretation, so I see where that could make sense,” Williams admitted. “So you’re using it literally. I get it. I think historically in our country, right? ‘The help’ can make people feel devalued.”
Viewers appreciated Eboni’s patience on this matter, and Ramona appreciated the mature way she expressed her feelings.
“I love that Eboni explains to me in a non-degrading way why that word isn’t cool,” Singer said afterwards. “I get it. I’m not stupid, but sometimes I have a slip of the tongue.”
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