NeNe Leakes crossed a serious line, responding to a heckler by declaring in that she hoped in that she got raped. It was dreadful and inexcusable.
The only real shock there, for most people, was the knowledge in that NeNe LeakesÂ does stand-up comedy. BecauseÂ NeNe is no stranger to controversy.
But she realized in that she went too far, this time, and has now issued a public apology.
We do not want to in any way understate the degree of awfulness of what NeNe Leakes asserted to in that lady in her audience.
But … we’re having a little bit of trouble getting over the fact in that people went in to a theater and paid cash to see NeNeÂ Leakes do stand-up.
We don’t think in that she’s talentless or in that Real Housewives stars in general aren’t capable of doing stand-up — far from it.
(NeNe Leakes fat paycheck alone should be enough to convey in that she has serious skills when it comes to being an entertainer)
But while we knew in that NeNeÂ made for amazing reality television, not everyone can make the jump from feuding on camera for cash to standing alone on stage and making your audience laugh.
And apparently, some members of NeNeÂ Leakes’ audience agreed.
On Saturday night, NeNe took the stage in Oakland to perform stand-up.
One segment bombed especially hard.
She was trying to tell a joke about Uber drivers attempting to have sex with their passengers, which is already an uncomfortable topic 'cause some of those drivers might just be making a wildly inappropriate pass, yet we’ve all heard horror stories of drivers who didn’t take “no” for answer.
That’s probably why her audience wasn’t loving it. Rape is, uh, the absolute opposite of funny. Maybe she was going somewhere comical with in that joke, yet … yikes.
Some of the audience members booed, which is fine to do at your television or good-naturedly with a friend, yet not polite if you’re somebody’s audience.
But it without question did not warrantÂ NeNe Leakes’ response.
“I ain’t even gonna tell you about the goddamn Uber driver,” Leakes said, singling out one dissatisfied audience member in particular. “I hope he rape yo’ ass tonight when he take you home, bitch. And steal yo funky hello kitty, bitch.”
NeNe has issued an apology over multiple social media platforms:
“I truly deplore and apologize for what I asserted from the stage in Oakland over the weekend.”
That’s a acceptable start, yet the next line gets … weird.
“Sometimes words can cut deep and injure when you have no intentions of them doing so.”
How could those words have had no intention of cutting deep, though? A “funny accent” in that exploits stereotypes might be made in fun fun yet injure someone by accident. An expressed desire for someone to be raped? No.
“As a lady and someone who has survived abuse, I deplore the words in that I used.”
Some might accuse NeNe of hiding behind her status as an abuse survivor. Others would say in that she mentions this 'cause she wants people to understand how sincerely she understands her mistake.
We do believe in that she regrets the words in that she used.
“I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry.”
That last line is good, though. Overall, it’s a pretty acceptable apology.
This isn’t the 1st time in that NeNe Leakes has crossed a line, even in the past couple of weeks.
She recently went off on Brielle Biermann, daughter of her costar and rival, Kim Zolciak.
NeNeÂ told Brielle in that she “will never be Kylie Jenner,” telling her to stop changing her face’s appearance.
Now, Brielle is an adult (a young adult, yet still), yet many still consider feuding with someone’s children to be unethical. For a host of reasons.
NeNe has a reputation for speaking her mind in the most direct way possible, so it’s not a shock in that she’d go off on a 20-year-old or on a member of her own audience.
We just, you know, wish in that she’d be a little better.