In a time when Beyonce joyfully recites the lyrics to her husband’s rap verse, “Eat the cake Anna Mae/ Said eat the cake Anna Mae,” in reference to the infamous slapping scene in the biopic of Tina Turner “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” or when private photos of Rihanna’s battered face make front page news, we have to wonder if we’ve become desensitized to violence against women thus accepting it like it is a new norm. A recent incident on “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” and the victim blaming afterwards is evidence that we have no longer respect the boundaries between the sexes.
“Real Housewives Of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore found herself being confronted by Christopher Williams who stood up to address her in a room of her peers. Fellow cast mate Porsha kindly asked him to sit down but his wife Natalie insisted that he stand to deliver his message. Kenya evened the playing field by rising to meet his aggressive stance. According to Kenya, she began to walk toward Natalie instead of arguing with Christopher who was in her face. He violently grabbed her arm trying to “restrain” her and she jerked away. Her friend Brandon, who she brought to the “Pillow Talk” event instead of a mate, stepped in to defend her.
“He’s unpredictable,” Kenya told us during a candid sit-down referring to Christopher Williams. “I didn’t know what he planned on doing. I didn’t know what was in his hand. He just had this nervous energy, like he was preparing for battle. He was sipping something and putting it down, talking to the floor and then said something like, ‘Yeah, I know what’s about to go down.’”
NeNe Leakes vehemently blamed Kenya for the altercation, citing her standing motion as the catalyst to the brawl though it was very clear she instigated the altercation that ultimately led to Brandon’s bruised rib and face.
According to NeNe:
Christopher had a question in his hand that he wanted to answer standing up for reasons unbeknownst to me! I walked past Christopher and took my seat! He then began to speak to Kenya about the false accusations Kenya had told his wife. Chris’s wife Natalie started saying “don’t back paddle now” and Kenya got up and charged out of her seat towards Natalie (but you couldn’t see that part) (I wonder why?). Chris stepped in to stop her but not in an aggressive way. Kenya then got all extra saying take your hands off on me! Her girlfriend in the red pajamas jumped up in Chris’s face and that’s when the explosion started. I don’t condone violence! I can’t control adults and it’s not my fault if adults decide to fight on their own!
But Kenya has a very different version of the events. “NeNe set the tone for that room, she kept making people answer questions. We said we were already past that, but she kept making it an issue, egging people on,” she said. Many questioned if NeNe and anyone else in the room were “geeked up.” Kenya said she was not with NeNe prior to the incident but admitted that she had never seen her “behave in such an erratic manner” and agrees that “there was something different about her that night.” In terms of Christopher, “You can just go to any YouTube video and see the tweaking and facial muscles twitching and the skin and all that. You can decide for yourself what he’s been up to.”
Christopher has a history of alleged domestic abuse. “He was said to have been hitting Halle Berry,” Kenya recalled. “He came out and said he doesn’t do those things. Find the article where she said it was not Wesley. You do that math. He’s known for violence. He lost his deal because of his temper and violence, so that speaks for itself.” Yet, we find it odd that NeNe, who is close friends with Christopher and Natalie, neglected to see him as the aggressor in the situation.
“When you’re someone like NeNe, who I think we’ve seen on Celebrity Apprentice, fight for a charity about stopping domestic violence and you say to a woman, you’re lucky you didn’t get your a** beat and that queen got what he deserved. What message are you sending to people?” Kenya questioned. “And you say that you don’t condone violence, but you are because you’re saying that it’s justified. You’re saying because I stood up, I’m lucky I didn’t get my a** beat.”
Kenya wasn’t physically harmed but her gay friend who NeNe referred to as a “queen” Brandon suffered a bruised rib. Apollo, who appeared to just be a bystander claimed he was hit in the face during the melee which caused him to react in a brutish manner. We didn’t buy Apollo’s story nor did his wife Phaedra. “He did not get hit in the face,” Kenya confirmed. “It’s not an editing issue. All the cameras you see going is what happened in that room. Nothing was edited.”
After the altercation aired on Bravo, not one cast mate reached out to Kenya. While it was clear to some viewers that she didn’t “start” the scuffle, other cast mates saw it that way. “I think that if you were high, you would believe you saw something that you didn’t see,” Kenya blasted. “Apollo’s the one who acted like a fool and ran across the room and starting beating somebody. He didn’t have anything to do with the situation.” They want to look at me. It’s actually just incredulous to me!”
Kenya was one of two women in the room who did not have a husband by her side at the event and we doubt Christopher would have attacked her if she had. “It was really a punk type of move,” she said. There was one man who didn’t get involved at any cost. Chuck, who had plenty of mouth earlier in the season about Phaedra and Kandi, hid behind his wife.
“I am not surprised because he said some really disgusting things about Kandi and Phaedra. Things that a real man would never say and, as much as I have had my differences with Phaedra, I don’t think it’s right for a man to speak about a woman in that manner. So, he’s a punk in all definitions of the word to me, which was substantiated when I saw him standing behind his wife.”
Kenya Moore doesn’t have the most likable personality but that doesn’t mean she deserved to be stoned in the town square by a z-list celeb more know for being stabbed in his hand on “New Jack City” and dating Halle Berry than his talent. It is not acceptable how Christopher treated Kenya and all she endured after the altercation by NeNe Leakes. NeNe is turning into a bully. Kenya is no one’s victim, nor will she allow you to call her such but right is right and wrong is wrong and there’s no amount of editing that can change that.
Furthermore, NeNe and the rest of the people who blame Kenya for starting the ‘RHOA’ brawl because she simply stood up to meet Christopher’s elevated tension should ask themselves: What would you have done in that situation?
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