During 2020, Kelly Dodd seemed to consistently get backlash over her social media posts — she was called "tone deaf" for appearing to mock the Black Lives Matter movement; she also downplayed the coronavirus several times, calling it "God's way of thinning the herd." Now, though, she's claiming to be the "victim" of "cancel culture."
While appearing on the "Real Housewives of Orange County" reunion on Jan. 27, Kelly was asked about the time she referred to protesters as "looters."
"Listen, I don't have anything with protesting. … Peaceful protests — I'm all about it," she said. "But that was on a whole other level that I saw in New York. There was looting. There was burning down buildings and I don't think that's the way to protest."
Reunion host Andy Cohen then brought up the "Drunk Wives Matter" hat Kelly wore at her bridal shower in the fall. Many felt the clothing was a jab at the BLM movement.
"I wasn't being malicious and I get attacked by this cancel culture that's a bunch of haters that would never have any voice and here they are getting together and [coming] after me," she said, adding that the hat was a gift.
Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who is no fan of Kelly, chimed in, "It's not just haters, though. It's people who have been oppressed."
Kelly shot back, "Four of my best friends are African American and they didn't take offense. It's white people who did!"
During the back-and-forth, Kelly even claimed that she's Black but said she doesn't identify as Black. Interestingly, in 2020, a video resurfaced from four years earlier in which Kelly said, "I don't like Black guys. I don't even know any Black guys."
Earlier in the reunion, Kelly's marriage to Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal was brought up. The couple got married in October and 28 people attended. Andy, while referring to a fan-submitted question, asked whether it was responsible to have a wedding with guests during a global health pandemic.
"But it's okay to protest?" Kelly interjected. "Everybody can have a protest and be amongst a billion people? But I can't have a celebratory wedding?"