Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Kenya Moore on Her Villainous Image, Twitter, Double Standards, More

Actress Kenya Moore onstage during the 'The Celebrity Apprentice' panel discussion at the NBC/Universal portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California
Actress Kenya Moore onstage during the ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ panel discussion at the NBC/Universal portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California

*Kenya Moore says she may have been cast as the villain in this season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but she’s looking at her addition to the NBC series as a chance to prove that she’s more than just a twirling Bravo “housewife” who likes to whip up trouble.

“I think that I show people a very different side because what I’ve been getting in terms of feedback from Twitterverse and social media is that they really enjoy watching me on this show,” Moore told EURweb exclusively at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Friday.

“I came to win,” Moore continued. “I came to win money for my charity. I came to show people a different side of me. And although multiple people tried to derail me from that and make it personal [with] imaginary drama – like Brandi [Glanville] – I decided to take a higher road and I think people really appreciated me for that.”

(L-R top row) Geraldo Rivera, TV personality Kate Gosselin, executive producer Mark Burnett and actress Kenya Moore. (L-R bottom row) Actress Vivica A. Fox, TV personality Brandi Glanville, executive producer/host Donald Trump, actor Lorenzo Lamas, actor Ian Ziering and Tv personality Leeza Gibbons speak onstage during the 'The Celebrity Apprentice' panel discussion at the NBC/Universal portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
(L-R top row) Geraldo Rivera, TV personality Kate Gosselin, executive producer Mark Burnett and actress Kenya Moore. (L-R bottom row) Actress Vivica A. Fox, TV personality Brandi Glanville, executive producer/host Donald Trump, actor Lorenzo Lamas, actor Ian Ziering and Tv personality Leeza Gibbons speak onstage during the ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ panel discussion at the NBC/Universal portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

The former Miss USA – who turns 44 on Jan. 24 – has been a polarizing figure since first twirling onto reality TV via “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” In a departure from the combative, hot-tempered physicality that has come to represent black women in the genre, Moore stirs discord with her mouth – whether ginning up Porsha Williams to react violently on last season’s “RHOA” reunion show, or putting a bug in Donald Trump’s ear about Keshia Knight Pulliam’s failure to ask Bill Cosby for money (pre-scandal) during a fund raising challenge – a decision that ultimately got Keshia fired.

Moore sees a double standard in play when asked to consider the negative depiction of black women on reality television. She points to Kerry Washington playing “the president’s whore” on “Scandal,” or Viola Davis as a “conniving, cunning woman adulterer who is having an affair” on “How to Get Away With Murder.”

“As a whole, there are going to be depictions of us that are negative and depictions of us that are positive, and then you’re going to have a bit of both,” Moore said. “I think what makes our show successful overall is that we are showing real live people argue. But they also have resolution in real life and we show that, too.”

Team Twirl already knows – Kenya can talk a good game, whether in The Donald’s boardroom, or reading a hater on Twitter. But what does she really think about the shade she gets on social media?

Below, Kenya tells us if she’s really able to just brush it off:

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Kenya is NEVER going to be liked by all. Just keep being you and make your funds while you can. The ones that like you will continue to support you. The ones that don’t like you gonna keep making negative comments. Cannot please all, so don’t try. Kenya makes me laugh because you NEVER know what’s coming out her mouth.

    • That’s right. Kenya should ‘make her funds while she can,’ and then after she’s made said funds, then she can sit back and wonder why no one takes her seriously, and her legacy of being the first Black Miss USA will long be forgotten, and instead will be replaced by one that remembers her as a s**t starter on a ‘reality show. I absolutely LOVE how as a people, in spite of the sacrifices and struggles that have been made by those who came before us, some of us still carry that ‘make my money any way I can’ mentality, even if it means tarnishing our image and legacy. She should take a page from Vanessa Williams’ playbook. She managed to come back from what was then the worst scandal in Miss America history, but she did so without these so-called ‘reality’ shows that do nothing but reinforce the negative images of black women. Good looking out to Kenya an the rest of these reality show ‘stars.’

  2. I see Kenya as a 40 plus person with education claiming she smarter then the people around her but say and do stupid things she act like a 15 yrs. Old it sad of her 2 think the way she does becuz she is trying 2 make it just like the people she is associated with, she need to quit being a foolish black educated woman.

  3. She is a bitter, mean-spirited, sh*t-starter!

    She would like the viewing public to believe she is so much smarter than the others! She is NOT!

    She’s not even a housewife… she can’t pay a man to marry her! She’s too old for this!

  4. I love Kenya… She is funny and crazy at the same time. She is certainly good for tv. I think even if Kenya saved a dying person some is going to judge the way she did it.

  5. Kenya, is a pile of bull shit. She isn’t from ATLANTA, GA. Kenya, Claudia, Demetria and Cynthia need to pick up there brooms and take a hike out of the Georgia Peach state.

  6. POST ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO BOYCOTT EVERYTHING SHE IS ON, THEN LETS SEE WHO BACKS HER. CALLING NAMES GIVE RATINGS.

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