She was supposed to mentor and support women in business, but Bethenny Frankel’s comments at a recent event are being called sexist and racist instead.
Frankel was a keynote speaker at Rent the Runway’s and UBS’ Project Entrepreneur, and certain statements that she made completely shocked her audience. One attendee, Mary Pryor, tweeted about what she heard and later told the Huffington Post all about it.
“I was stunned when Frankel implied that women should have sex with men in exchange for capital,” Pryor continued. “I was offended when she expressed some kind of kinship with black women because she’s ‘loud.’ And I was taken aback when she advised those of us in the room to get business advice to hire a white man as the face of our companies.
“Not even when the wrong-headedness was called to her attention, Frankel didn’t back down. Nothing. No apology. No acknowledgement of an ignorant reply. Just a comment from a moderator about ‘breaking up a fight’ and removing the mic from our hands.”
Pryor and other attendees tweeted about their shock and dismay over Frankel’s comments following the event.
— mary (@msmarypryor) April 11, 2016
No video of the event exists so we cannot independently verify what was actually said, and for her part, Frankel claimed in a Twitter response to a fan that none of it ever happened.
Well, what DID you say??? https://t.co/tz83BPCOL2
— Old Picture of Dorianna Gray (@blurbette) April 14, 2016
That has been Frankel’s entire statement on the PR fiasco and she has not issued an apology — and it seems like she feels she doesn’t need to.