Bad Girls Club star Christina Hopkins went on an infamous rant last month against an African-American woman in a diner. She said in part:
“If you’re a black girl, then … you should shut up because you’re black … you’re a n***** … nobody likes you…you’re disgusting…because you’re trash.”
She went on to say, “I’m apologizing because…you’re trash…you’re a n*****. I’ve never met somebody who’s so n*****ish.” This rant was followed by her friends joining in with repeated uses of the N-word.
TMZ reports that Hopkins has been banned from ever appearing on the Oxygen network again. A rep had this to say: “Oxygen condemns those comments… she will never appear on Oxygen again.”
The stunning racism displayed by the Bad Girls Club star echoes similar outbursts by shamed star Mel Gibson. One must ask why racism still seems to be such a prevalent issue among celebrities. Oxygen and other networks have a responsibility to combat such vile behavior, and that starts with screening talent.
Bad Girls Club and similar reality shows seek to exploit anti-social behavior. Situations such as this highlight the darker side to such exploitation.