The shameful nickname Evelyn Lozada gave to “Basketball Wives” co-star CeCe Gutierrez has landed the star in hot water and she’s issued an apology as a result. But fans aren’t receptive to it.
On the VH1 reality series Sunday, Aug. 26, Lozada and Gutierrez got into it over the former’s apparent claim that Lozada doesn’t really work and a nickname she gave Lozada and Jennifer Williams. After Lozada learned that Gutierrez calls the pair Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber, she hurled a racially-charged nickname that castmates and fans alike took severe issue with.
“I have a problem with you, Lee-Lee,” Lozada fired off.
It caused such an uproar with viewers that fans launched a petition to have Lozada booted from the show.
But by Tuesday, Aug. 28 the star issued an apology.
“In the heat of a verbal battle, things are sometimes said that are hurtful, untrue and totally of character,” it read. “It’s not cool — but regrettably it happens. I understand why many are upset by may derogatory, stereotypical reference of another woman of color — and for that, I’m so sorry. To intentionally add to a pot of racial divisiveness is not reflective of my heart. I extend a heartfelt apology to my castmate CeCe Gutierrez a few weeks back in which she graciously accepted. Moving forward… I have to do better!
In addition to her statement, Lozada backed it up with a video publicly apologizing as well.
“I wanted to publicly apologize to CeCe, her son, her family, my friends and family, the viewers of the show,” she says in the video viewers should swipe right below to see. “Anyone that was offended by my comment during a heat of the moment argument. Regardless of what was being said behind the scenes and how I felt, what I said was wrong and I shouldn’t have said that. That’s not even who I am and how I was raised.”
The apology, however, did not move fans.
“Please save it.”
“You are not a nice person.. you make fun and pick on every new cast member or anyone who is prettier and more interesting then you..if you google bully your name should be next to it…if you are not racist then you should not ever said it.”