Excuse me, but I am a bit pissed off tonight. When I logged on for the first time today I had an email from GoFundMe letting me know there was a new announcement on Reality Tea’s fundraising drive for Detroit Public Schools. As a
former teacher, it was a cause that was near and dear to my heart and I had been on the receiving end of many generous gifts to my classroom. I’m a strong believer in paying it forward and I made a contribution that is why I get the updates. I looked on Twitter for the link to the Reality Tea donation site to include when I wrote this post where I praised Kenya for her donation and defended her in comments. I read in the update that Kenya’s donation event had been postponed again. I went to Reality Tea and read their article. As a Kenya fan, I wanted to hear her side of the story. I did not rush to judge. I contacted Kenya.
I had the very best of intentions and believed that there must be a logical explanation why the donation ceremony was cancelled twice in two weeks. It takes a lot for a school to put together a school wide event with TV cameras. I got back two pissy emails. One informed me that “I am on a goddamn TV show and they reschedule things all the time.” The next one said something about a conflict with her father’s schedule. I responded that I am on her side and my blog is very favorable to her. I did tell her in first email that this seems to undo all the goodwill that she was putting out by donating. I felt badly for her. I am a supporter. I was trying to figure out where the problem lied. I am actually aware she is on a goddamn TV show. I don’t know what her father’s schedule has to do with anything. I sent a second email explaining I was only trying to help and that my site is very #TeamTwirl for the most part. I was asking for a defense. I heard nothing until her rant on Twitter. I’m not feeling super twirly tonight.
This is why I don’t like when you guys tag me on Twitter with Bravolebrities. When I first started blogging I was fine with interviewing the cast of Shahs of Sunset. That was before the show aired. Then when I had to recap, it felt weird. I couldn’t be objective. I liked them all. At first. Which made things really awkward with Reza at some point. I try to limit my interactions with all the Bravo folks online. And it really pisses me off if I read someone and you guys want to tweet them my blog. I get how Twitter works, just no.
Anyway. Kenya never responded to my second email. And then posted this on twitter Instagram:
I’m proud to be able to give back and keep my promise to the Detroit public schools foundation to donate $20,000. Detroit is a resilient city and so am I. I will continue to shine despite the people who want to see me fail or try to turn my positivity in to negativity. See you soon Detroit! #igotyomoney #kenyalovesthekids #twirlsawayhaters
Apparently, she is having a bad day. I reached out to her to give her some good press. She was rude. I’m not thrilled with her response to a blogger (perhaps the only one) who has consistently stuck up for her. A simple “It is a filming opportunity for RHOA or Celebrity Apprentice and I had no control. ” or “The producers wanted my father to be there and he could not make the date” would have been all I needed. That’s not what I got. I know she reads here. I know she knows we support her. I’m really disappointed. I’m going to chalk it up to a bad day. THIS TIME.
That said, I’m going to point out that it is a cashiers check which confirms my suspicion that it was a “TRUMP CHECK.”Perhaps my alluding to that fact in comments here is what really pissed her off. In the end I am proud of Kenya for making such a great contribution to a school system. I appreciate her respect for education. It doesn’t make a difference to me how she made the contribution. But, I am very disappointed in her response to my offer of help today. I had every intention of improving her public opinion and not lessening my personal one.
As it turns out, Reality Tea has decided to keep their fundraiser open. I encourage you all to donate five bucks to the cause. As a
former teacher I can tell you what a difference five dollars makes. Reality Tea has raised $1,300. I think we should show the blog world how to match a donation. I’m challenging those of you who can (not those who are struggling already) to give up five dollars. If we all do we can match the $1,340 donated so far. Maybe my rich folks can do a bit more. Thanks on behalf of Detroit Public Schools Foundation teachers.