Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills: Garcelle Beauvais educates Kyle Richards about racial stereotypes

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Garcelle Beauvais schooled Kyle Richards on spreading harmful stereotypes about black women on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The two women had been at odds since Kyle, 52, publicly accused Garcelle, 54, of not paying a $5,000 donation she made to a children’s hospital at her winter gala last season.

When they met to hash it out over lunch, Garcelle told Kyle that she had not only been wrongly accused but was deeply hurt because of claim’s wider implications.

Damaging stereotypes: Garcelle Beauvais schooled Kyle Richards on spreading stereotypes about black women on Wednesday's episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Damaging stereotypes: Garcelle Beauvais schooled Kyle Richards on spreading stereotypes about black women on Wednesday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Leaning in, Garcelle shared that she’d discovered the invoice for the charity payment had been sent to one of her old addresses, and that she had since paid up.

She had a more important question for Kyle, however.

‘Would you have said it to one of the white women?’ Garcelle asked.

Kyle’s jaw dropped and she went to protest, as Garcelle continued.

Public accusation: The two women had been at odds since Kyle, 52, publicly accused Garcelle, 54, of not paying a $5,000 donation she made to a children's hospital at her winter gala

Public accusation: The two women had been at odds since Kyle, 52, publicly accused Garcelle, 54, of not paying a $5,000 donation she made to a children’s hospital at her winter gala

‘This is how I feel,’ the actress said. ‘I feel like it was weaponized towards me being a black woman. I know you probably didn’t [do that] intentionally, but I don’t think you recognize the effect that it has on me being a black woman. There’s stereotypes that people think we don’t pay for our rent, that we don’t tip…’

‘I would never even think about that,’ Kyle blurted.

‘Because you don’t have to deal with that, because it’s not your reality,’ Garcelle pointed out. ‘But it’s my reality.’

Reality check: 'Because you don't have to deal with that, because it's not your reality,' Garcelle pointed out. 'But it's my reality'

Reality check: ‘Because you don’t have to deal with that, because it’s not your reality,’ Garcelle pointed out. ‘But it’s my reality’

Garcelle explained to Kyle the thousand small calculations she had to make on a daily basis, like the time she had to weigh whether or not to tip a dismissive server at a restaurant.

‘If I don’t tip, they’re gonna say, ”Black people don’t tip anyway; she never would have tipped”,’ Garcelle affirmed. ‘But the service was horrible. So there’s all this stuff that people don’t realize that we think about before we have to do anything.’

In a confessional, Garcelle said, ‘I feel like people in Beverly Hills are in their own little bubble: ”Where’d you get that handbag? Where’d you get that piece of jewelry?” No one has ever asked me, ”What’s it like, being a black woman in Hollywood?” And sometimes, that makes me feel like an outsider.’

Little bubble: In a confessional, Garcelle said, 'I feel like people in Beverly Hills are in their own little bubble: ''Where'd you get that handbag? Where'd you get that piece of jewelry?'' No one has ever asked me, ''What's it like, being a black woman in Hollywood?'' And sometimes, that makes me feel like an outsider'

Little bubble: In a confessional, Garcelle said, ‘I feel like people in Beverly Hills are in their own little bubble: ”Where’d you get that handbag? Where’d you get that piece of jewelry?” No one has ever asked me, ”What’s it like, being a black woman in Hollywood?” And sometimes, that makes me feel like an outsider’

The talk affected Kyle, who said in a confessional, ‘I have not walked in her shoes. Even though I didn’t mean it like that, I can understand now why she unfollowed me on Instagram. And I have a much better understanding of who she is and where she comes from.’

The topic would come up again when the women went to Lake Tahoe on a trip organized by their castmate Lisa Rinna, 57.

As the show opened, Erika Jayne, 49, was parsing her wardrobe options for the journey.

Better understanding: 'I have not walked in her shoes. Even though I didn't mean it like that, I can understand now why she unfollowed me on Instagram. And I have a much better understanding of who she is and where she comes from'

Better understanding: ‘I have not walked in her shoes. Even though I didn’t mean it like that, I can understand now why she unfollowed me on Instagram. And I have a much better understanding of who she is and where she comes from’

Entering her room, Sutton Stracke, 50, gasped in delight at the clothes, then sat down to tell Erika what she’d been up to lately.

She said she’d sold her mansion and bought a new $5.3 million home, observing, ‘I think it released something in me. The house was symbolic of my marriage and dependence.’

In the next scene, cast member Crystal Minkoff, 35, showed off the large home she shared with director Rob Minkoff, 58, and revealed her passion for organizing her household.

Getting ready: As the show opened, Erika Jayne, 49, was parsing her wardrobe options for the journey

Getting ready: As the show opened, Erika Jayne, 49, was parsing her wardrobe options for the journey

Big house: Crystal Minkoff, 35, showed off the large home she shared with director Rob Minkoff, 58, and revealed her passion for organizing her household

Big house: Crystal Minkoff, 35, showed off the large home she shared with director Rob Minkoff, 58, and revealed her passion for organizing her household

She also introduced her hilarious housekeeper Lucy, who ordered her to write out grocery lists, bluntly told Crystal one of her dresses was ugly and keened when she saw a new shoe delivery arrive at the house: ‘Mas zapatos? How many foot you have?’

Crystal’s brother Jeff was a popstar in China, ‘but here, he’s my manny,’ she said laughing as Jeff was shown caring for her two kids, Zoe, five, and Max, eight.

Crystal was next seen joining the women as they boarded a private jet to Lake Tahoe, where they would stay at the Sherman Estate, a 17-bedroom home located on 15 acres, which came with a sports bar, movie theatre, indoor pool, and private chef.

Hilarious housekeeper: The show newcomer also introduced her hilarious housekeeper Lucy, who ordered her to write out grocery lists

Hilarious housekeeper: The show newcomer also introduced her hilarious housekeeper Lucy, who ordered her to write out grocery lists

More shoes: Lucy bluntly told Crystal one of her dresses was ugly and keened when she saw a new shoe delivery arrive at the house: 'Mas zapatos? How many foot you have?'

More shoes: Lucy bluntly told Crystal one of her dresses was ugly and keened when she saw a new shoe delivery arrive at the house: ‘Mas zapatos? How many foot you have?’

Garcelle selected a cozy room downstairs, but the property manager said there was an issue with bears outside; then she grabbed her luggage and ran to a second-floor room.

‘Oh, s***,’ she swore. ‘Get the f*** out of here. You do not tell a black girl that twice honey. We do not do bears.’

All of the women seemed jarred by the fact that there was no bellman to carry their bags; Kyle’s sister Kathy Hilton, 62, could not plug the fan in her room into the wall by herself.

Road trip: Lisa Rinna organized the fun getaway to Lake Tahoe amid the coronavirus pandemic

Road trip: Lisa Rinna organized the fun getaway to Lake Tahoe amid the coronavirus pandemic

Before dinner, the women gathered in the main room and poked fun at Kathy for confusing Kyle with Garcelle at a recent party.

Kyle cooked salmon dinner for her friends, but when it got too burnt in the oven, she tried unsuccessfully to pass it off as ‘blackened salmon.’

Sutton had brought little gifts for the cast: silver monogrammed flasks, which a confused Kathy thought she might use for her mouthwash.

Good times: Before dinner, the women gathered in the main room and poked fun at Kathy for confusing Kyle with Garcelle at a recent party

Good times: Before dinner, the women gathered in the main room and poked fun at Kathy for confusing Kyle with Garcelle at a recent party

Burnt salmon: Kyle cooked salmon dinner for her friends, but when it got too burnt in the oven, she tried unsuccessfully to pass it off as 'blackened salmon'

Burnt salmon: Kyle cooked salmon dinner for her friends, but when it got too burnt in the oven, she tried unsuccessfully to pass it off as ‘blackened salmon’

Group gifts: Sutton Stracke brought little gifts for the cast: silver monogrammed flasks

Group gifts: Sutton Stracke brought little gifts for the cast: silver monogrammed flasks

The women then played Two Truths and a Lie, a game in which they made up one fact about themselves and buried it between two true things.

Crystal said she’d been arrested, worked at an escort agency, and was asked to be a madam; the arrest was the lie, though she’d only worked as a phone operator for the agency.

Sutton claimed she’d been a Starbucks barista, had stolen something, and was a virgin bride; the women thought Starbucks was the lie, but it was the virginity claim.

Fun game: Crystal said she'd been arrested, worked at an escort agency, and was asked to be a madam; the arrest was the lie, though she'd only worked as a phone operator for the agency

Fun game: Crystal said she’d been arrested, worked at an escort agency, and was asked to be a madam; the arrest was the lie, though she’d only worked as a phone operator for the agency

Erika said she was adopted, once worked for the Mafia, and had worn a wire as a witness in a government case; it was true she was adopted, but the other she would not disclose onscreen.

Kathy said she was a hairdresser, dental assistant and receptionist at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel—but she got confused again, because all three were true.

Most of the women went to bed after that, with Garcelle going to confront Lisa.

All true: Kathy Hilton said she was a hairdresser, dental assistant and receptionist at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel—but she got confused again, because all three were true

All true: Kathy Hilton said she was a hairdresser, dental assistant and receptionist at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel—but she got confused again, because all three were true

She’d been appalled by her former friend’s behavior last season and they’d never really straightened things out between them, even though they’d had a lunch to do so.

Garcelle told Lisa she still had some issues with her after their last chat, in which Lisa apologized for having treated her and Denise Richards poorly.

She pointed out that Lisa had done all the talking during the lunch, and she’d never gotten to say what she wanted, which was that Lisa had been a terrible friend.

Early arrivals: Lisa and Garcelle had an awkward moment as they arrived early for the trip

Early arrivals: Lisa and Garcelle had an awkward moment as they arrived early for the trip

She hadn’t liked seeing the new ‘scary’ side to her, and feared Lisa would turn on her, too.

‘How do I trust having a relationship with you?’ Garcelle asked Lisa. ‘How do I trust telling you something that I’m feeling… and not knowing that it’s going to backfire?’

Lisa said she couldn’t promise her that, adding, ‘I feel like you want to punish me a bit.’

Good questions: 'How do I trust having a relationship with you?' Garcelle asked Lisa. 'How do I trust telling you something that I'm feeling… and not knowing that it's going to backfire?'

Good questions: ‘How do I trust having a relationship with you?’ Garcelle asked Lisa. ‘How do I trust telling you something that I’m feeling… and not knowing that it’s going to backfire?’

‘Absolutely,’ Garcelle said, telling Lisa she was tired of always playing the nice girl.

In a confessional, she noted, ‘There’s a really big stigma with black women that we’re seen as angry or aggressive, and sometimes those labels make you want to hold back a little bit, because you don’t want to fall into the stereotype that was given to us. We haven’t claimed it, but people have labeled us that.’

Lisa was thrilled that Garcelle was addressing these things with her, but Garcelle still eyed her warily, unsure she could be trusted.

Candid conversation: 'Absolutely,' Garcelle said as she admitted that she was punishing Lisa and was tired of always playing the nice girl

Candid conversation: ‘Absolutely,’ Garcelle said as she admitted that she was punishing Lisa and was tired of always playing the nice girl

In the kitchen, Kyle told Crystal and Sutton about her lunchtime chat with Garcelle, and the claim she’d previously made that Garcelle didn’t complete her charity donation.

Sutton said she understood why Garcelle was so angry about it, but she didn’t think Kyle had been coming from a bad place.

Crystal sighed heavily, and said, ‘From a perspective of someone who’s not white, when it hits you from stereotypes, it can be so painful that you can’t see anything else. I’ve had friends who’ve said things to me, Asian comments and stuff like that…’

Kitchen talk: In the kitchen, Kyle told Crystal and Sutton about her lunchtime chat with Garcelle, and the claim she'd previously made that Garcelle didn't complete her charity donation

Kitchen talk: In the kitchen, Kyle told Crystal and Sutton about her lunchtime chat with Garcelle, and the claim she’d previously made that Garcelle didn’t complete her charity donation

‘I am not doing this, I am gonna tell you right now,’ Sutton said. ‘I am not talking about racial stereotypes when I am—’

‘Well it’s easy for you not to,’ Crystal interjected. ‘Actually that’s not true. You have a lot. Everyone does.’

‘This is why,’ Sutton said, her face tight. ‘Because what, I’m a Southern white girl? Do you wanna talk about when I see dumba** rednecks on the TV and that’s supposed to be me? I also have a stereotype, but I don’t want to bring it up. We are educated, traveled…’

Southern woman: 'This is why,' Sutton said, her face tight. 'Because what, I'm a Southern white girl? Do you wanna talk about when I see dumba** rednecks on the TV and that's supposed to be me? I also have a stereotype, but I don't want to bring it up. We are educated, traveled…'

Southern woman: ‘This is why,’ Sutton said, her face tight. ‘Because what, I’m a Southern white girl? Do you wanna talk about when I see dumba** rednecks on the TV and that’s supposed to be me? I also have a stereotype, but I don’t want to bring it up. We are educated, traveled…’

‘That’s insane,’ Crystal said. ‘Are you one of those people that don’t see color?’

‘Are you serious with me right now?’ Sutton asked, recoiling.

‘Are you that girl? ‘I don’t see color?’ Crystal persisted.

The episode ended with a line that read, ‘To be continued.’

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills will return next week on Bravo.

Color query: 'Are you that girl? 'I don't see color?' Crystal repeatedly asked Sutton

Color query: ‘Are you that girl? ‘I don’t see color?’ Crystal repeatedly asked Sutton

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