The next season of “Real Housewives of Dallas” will address some of the cast’s racist remarks, according to star D’Andra Simmons.
After Season 4 wrapped, “RHOD” star Brandi Redmond came under fire for a 2017 Instagram Story video that showed the reality star seemingly mocking Asians.
“Everybody ask me what Asian I am because of my eyes, they squinty,” she said in the resurfaced clip, shared by party planner Steve Kimble, who planned her co-star Leeanne Locken’s wedding.
“A video resurfaced of me from three years ago which at the time I had posted and quickly deleted and then immediately apologized for my insensitivity,” Redmond, 42, tweeted in January. “I would like to once again sincerely apologize for my offensive actions.”
Simmons, 50, told Page Six of Redmond’s scandal, “We will address that first thing head on. I think that’s very important for the show. We can’t just sweep it under the rug, especially since it was such a big deal for people and they were very upset about it.”
The Hard Night Good Morning CEO implied that some other conversations surrounding race — aside from Redmond’s remarks — will take place on the upcoming season, which is currently in its last weeks of filming.
“I can’t really talk about the other cast members, but there’s another reason why we had to do that, as well,” she said. “You’ll have to wait and see [what that is].”
Simmons said in regards to Locken’s insensitive remarks from Season 4 about her co-star Kary Brittingham’s Mexican heritage, the cast doesn’t “really talk about that” this season since Locken, 53, is no longer on the show.
Conversations about race will not only be a focal point on “RHOD,” but also in “My Brother’s Crossing,” a film Simmons co-produced with her husband, Jeremy Lock, a former photojournalist.
The faith-based film, which will be released nationwide on Sept. 3, covers the true life tragedy of how an African-American man named C.J. Martin killed a Caucasian couple named Bobby and Pam Clark in a motor vehicle accident.
“I looked at the film, it wasn’t in its final stages yet, and so we thought, ‘You know what? This might be something that would really resonate with people,’ because we had just started the more explosive racial tensions in this country and this movie deals with that,” Simmons said.
The reality star, who said she studied directing at the American Film Institute and UCLA, signed on to help produce the movie in October 2019, prior to the Black Lives Matter movement resurgence following George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. She said of the timing of the film’s release, “God has done this serendipitously.”
“People are going to see it and then look at what’s happening in our world with a different lens,” Simmons added. “It’s hope, it’s forgiveness, it’s salvation, and giving people grace and starting over again. I really think that the message of this movie is going to resonate with so many people.”