Dr. Tiffany Moon, a brand new addition to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Dallas” in its just lately accomplished fifth season, needed to cope with a variety of troublesome issues on digital camera, particularly as a working physician throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and as an Asian American girl throughout this 12 months of hate crimes and violence towards the AAPI group.
However this week, Moon confronted one thing unprecedented: She was subjected to racist bullying on-line by the household of considered one of her fellow solid members, Kameron Westcott. In tweets, Kameron Westcott’s husband, Courtroom, and her brother-in-law, Chart, attacked Moon on Twitter. Courtroom Westcott, who has since deactivated his Twitter account, decried the idea of “anti-racism,” referred to as it racism, and in contrast the philosophy to World Conflict II Germany. “I don’t perceive what number of of your sufferers could be comfy with you treating them along with your open vile racism,” he wrote in a since deleted tweet.
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And Chart Westcott, whose tweet continues to be up, posted a screenshot displaying that Moon had blocked him on Twitter, and wrote: “I’ve spoken to her twice, as soon as when she was blackout drunk at my home however wanted to get residence for early work. Surprise if she had a hangover whereas engaged on her sufferers?”
Moon is now combating again in opposition to the Westcott household. In an announcement obtained solely by Selection, her lawyer, Andrew Brettler of Lavely and Singer, says: “The insinuations the Westcotts made in these tweets are reckless, defamatory and appalling. Dr. Moon is an expert in each sense of the phrase and is deserving of the superb status that she’s earned as a doctor and as a tough working mom. These assaults on her character is not going to be tolerated. The Westcotts could be properly suggested to maintain mentions of Dr. Moon out of their social media feeds.”
A spokesperson for Kameron Westcott didn’t reply to Selection’s request for remark. Nor did Chart or Courtroom Westcott reply requests for remark made by their skilled web sites and from a name for Courtroom to Westcott LLC / Commodore Companions.
Bravo didn’t reply to a request for remark, however two hours after this story was revealed, the corporate posted an announcement to their social media channels.
The assertion gave the impression to be met with instant criticism for its lack of specifics.
Bravo, particularly prior to now 18 months, has been working to combine the casts of its all-white and predominantly white reveals. An unintended — although maybe predictable — consequence of these makes an attempt has been exposing the solid members of coloration to racism, even exterior of what they’d expertise of their on a regular basis lives.
However the Westcotts particularly focusing on Moon is excessive. A lot has been made on present of the Westcott household’s wealth and Kameron’s place in Dallas society. Certainly, household patriarch Carl H. Westcott seems to be a significant donor on the College of Texas Southwestern Medical Heart the place there are a number of chairs named after him — which can also be the hospital the place Moon works as an anesthesiologist. Courtroom Westcott tagged the hospital in his since-deleted tweet.
A primary-generation Chinese language girl, and the second girl of coloration to be in “The Actual Housewives of Dallas” solid, Moon’s husband, two daughters and mom have been additionally featured on the present. She strived to ingratiate herself to the ladies — but it surely didn’t at all times work. In a single occasion, she hosted a conventional Chinese language brunch the place rooster ft have been among the many dishes — Kameron Westcott threw the meals on the ground. In a failed try at humor, Moon additionally secretly put crickets as an ingredient throughout a pizza get together she hosted at her home, and when she later informed the ladies about it, solid member Brandi Redmond threw up. Each incidents have been introduced up repeatedly throughout the season, and Westcott later went on Andy Cohen’s Bravo discuss present “Watch What Occurs Stay.” There, she referred to as Moon bossy and in contrast her to a Thai intercourse employee. (Westcott has denied that was her intention as recently as this week however video of the interview seems to show in any other case.)
Moon, just because she’s Chinese language American, additionally served as an unwilling avatar for Redmond. Final 12 months, a 2017 video from Redmond’s Instagram Story, in which she talked in a mocking Asian accent, went viral. Within the aftermath of that, Redmond spoke on the present about being suicidal as a result of she felt so dangerous. But Redmond informed a baffled Moon that she was uncomfortable round her as a result of she was afraid she couldn’t be herself round Moon. (Redmond later apologized.)
In the course of the present’s reunion episodes, the conclusion of which aired on Tuesday, all of these items have been mentioned as soon as extra. Moon mentioned she doesn’t suppose Redmond is racist, however, no, Redmond had not been welcoming to her. Via tears (and an ill-timed bloody nostril), Moon additionally apologized to Westcott for pushing the rooster ft on her, Westcott apologized to Moon for offending her and for not asking Moon “extra questions.” Moon was once more put within the place the place she was an instrument of studying, moderately than an individual. The episode ended with Cohen asking Moon to say “cheers” in Chinese language as they carried out a toast. After the episode aired, the 2 girls started to shuttle on Twitter, with the opposite Westcotts inserting themselves alongside the way in which.
Early on Friday, Moon’s Instagram bio learn “earlier solid member of #RHOD,” prompting studies she has stop the present. As of this writing, Moon has modified the bio to “Season 5 solid member of #RHOD.”
Moon was not out there to be interviewed, however a supply near her says she has not stop “The Actual Housewives of Dallas.”
(Disclosure: On Wednesday, I bought into an argument with Chart Westcott on Twitter. You may learn our temporary spat here, here, here, and here. And this story has been up to date with Bravo’s tweet in help of Moon and the AAPI group.)
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