RHOP’s Ashley Darby Denies Colorism Exists Within Cast & Accuses Candiace Dillard Of ‘Not Taking Accountability’

RHOP’s Ashley Darby Denies Colorism Exists Within Cast & Accuses Candiace Dillard Of ‘Not Taking Accountability’

Does colorism play a role in The Real Housewives of Potomac?

Yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 14th), part 2 of the highly-anticipated RHOP season 6 reunion aired. At one point in the episode, the topic of colorism came up–and longtime enemies Candiace Dillard and Ashley Darby proceeded to get into it!

During the scene, Candiace Dillard starts by saying:

“I’m a Black woman, and [Ashley] has made comments about my hair being dry.”

We then see a flashback of the moment in question–made during a back-and-forth between the pair–before Candiace adds:

“You have a privilege being a lighter-skinned woman with looser curls.”

Ashley Darby responds:

“The issue of colorism has to be addressed right here and now! I have never denied that light skin privilege and white privilege both exist. I am a biracial woman–I can’t do anything about it, Candiace! You always take the conversation between us to be about color.”

Ashley Darby

Candiace Dillard-Bassett

Wendy Osefo then chimes in and asks Ashley Darby:

“Do you think that colorism exists within this group?”

Ashley replies by stating she does not, explaining:

“I don’t see any demonstrations of where colorism takes place. Because there are perceptions held within society, they try to project things in this group that don’t naturally exist.”

Candiace Dillard then jumps in to add:

“Apply that to everything you say that I do and say that’s offensive. A lot of that comes from an audience that wants to impress where they are in their lives onto us.”

Ashley responds:

“You called me a slave. That’s not a projection, that’s not an interpretation, that’s not the outside coming in. That’s you saying it out of your mouth… You said Michael drives his slaves.”

Candiace Dillard

Ashley and Michael Darby

We proceed to see a flashback of the moment in question before Candiace claims:

“No I didn’t. I tweeted two years ago that Michael [was] an overseer. You took it upon yourself, because you had nothing else going on, to bring that up.”

Ashley then says:

“You’re the one who wrote it! This is you not taking accountability again and again and again.”

The pair then proceeded to bicker for the remainder of the scene. You can watch the full interaction down below:

This isn’t the first time RHOP castmates have denied colorism playing a factor in the show. During an EXCLUSIVE interview earlier this year, Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon–the “green-eyed bandits”–referred to the colorism allegations as “stupid.”

What do you think about the situation? Comment down below to let us know!

Authored by: Nick Fenley