Former ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ alum discusses taking her daughter to an all-girls summer camp
Bethenny Frankel is facing backlash for the “transphobic” comments she made Her “Just Be” Podcast.
The “Real Housewives of New York City” alum, 50, opened her most recent episode by confirming pronouns and gender identity — as they relate to her 11-year-old daughter, Brian.
“We have to go into the fact that I did Zoom for my daughter’s school and [had] Pronoun conversation with every teacher, every parent, every child,” Frankel began, seemingly frustrated.
“And my daughter even says in school that everyone has to say their own pronoun.”
She continued, “And my daughter didn’t even know what hers was… [She said], ‘I know what I am or what I think I am, but I never said it out loud. It has not come for me.’ So she said she didn’t know.”
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The Skinnygirl founder expressed further condolences by sharing the story of a summer camp that fused together anatomy, sexuality, and gender identity.
“It’s an all-girls camp and a man with one gender, who identifies as a girl, went to the camp and was in the bunk with the girls. And the girls looked at him – because it’s His, because it has a male anatomy but identifies as a female – so the other girls saw a gender. They are 9, 10 years old, so the parents were obviously not as happy,” she said.
The former Bravo star then claimed that she heard that said kid was “making out with a lot of different girls at camp.”
Frankel further said that Brian – which she shares with ex-husband Jason Hoppy – Has a solid understanding of gender identity and the importance of using correct pronouns: “It’s amazing.”
Still, the “Big Shot With Bethenny” host implied that she can’t let her daughter sleep in the same bunk as a transgender child.
“But he hasn’t even seen a penis. So, in a camp, he’ll see the girl’s parts, so I think even these conversations are fluid,” she said. “It’s an interesting conversation about a girl, female anatomy is a male anatomy in a bunk or vice versa. OK?”
According to 2020 research from The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to at-risk LGBTQ youth, “respecting pronouns is part of creating a supportive and accepting environment that impacts well-being and reduces the risk of suicide.”
Frankel — who also questioned trans inclusion in school sports and later implied that one’s gender identity could only be a “stage” — faced fierce criticism from LGBTQ advocates on Twitter.
“Hi Beth! I was going to quote the transphobic language you used in the terrible introduction to this episode, but it’s too sad to put it in writing,” a user fumed. “Maybe you at least do some research before talking to your audience?”
another person wrote, “Decided to hear it because I saw this tweet. Interesting how no one heard it back and said ‘Yeah maybe we shouldn’t be posting this intro’….. simon.”
During this, another pair, “Agree I’ve listened to almost every episode and this rant was completely offensive and disgusting. How dare he.”
And one more comment, “That Bethany [sic]. Not cool!!!”
A representative for Frankel did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.