'RHONY' Stars Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan Apologize for Comments About Transgender Models at NYFW
By Antoinette Bueno
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Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley have apologized after getting slammed on social media for their comments about transgender models at New York Fashion Week.
Morgan and Medley attended the Garo Sparo Atelier Runway Show on Tuesday to support their Real Housewives of New York City castmate, Tinsley Mortimer, who walked the runway, and in videos that Morgan posted on her Instagram Stories, she and Medley make comments about transgender models as they walk the runway.
"Who is that? Oh, that's a guy, right?" Morgan said as drag queen Miz Cracker walked past.
Later, as model Yasmine Petty walked the runway, Medley said, "Well, with a body like that, it's a guy. That's a guy."
"Yeah, with a body like that, it’s a guy, you're absolutely right," Morgan replied.
On Wednesday, 55-year-old Morgan and 54-year-old Medley apologized in a statement to ET.
"We have a history as long-standing supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show," the statement reads.
Petty expressed her disappointment at the comments after the show in an interview with Page Six Style.
"I knew they were filming the Housewives of New York and I knew they were front row and literally, as I was walking down the runway, I heard them making these statements," Petty said. "It’s pretty disheartening and disappointing, especially this day in age and being in New York City."
"My philosophy is that people can't choose their sexual orientation," she added. "They can't choose their gender identity. They can't choose or not choose to have a disability or a mental illness or even their race, but things people can choose to do is not to be rude and cruel to people over things they have no control over."
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