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Ashley Darby Responds to Colorism Accusations

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Candiace Dillard thinks colorism is behind the backlash she receives.

Real Housewives of Potomac” star Ashley Darby‘s biggest feud to date is with Candiace Dillard. They clashed something serious after Ashley said she wanted to focus on getting pregnant. And her doctor told her it would be best to give up alcohol to achieve this. She would later indulge in having beers with the rest of the group. Candiace noticed and then came to the conclusion that Ashley wasn’t serious about having a baby. Ashley took this to heart since she had recently suffered a miscarriage. Things only got worse after Candiace questioned if Micheal Darby’s tears were real when he expressed sadness about Ashley’s miscarriage at Monique Samuels’ rainbow baby party.

When Candiace and Monique had a physical altercation, Ashley agreed to write a character statement to keep Monique out of jail. So it’s unlikely that Candiace and Ashley will ever be able to come back from that.

Interestingly enough, Candiace has stated that when it comes to viewers criticizing her actions, she believes she receives more criticism than Ashley. And this is due to colorism.

Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon strongly disagreed that there is a colorism issue. In fact, Gizelle said that she is the most hated person on the show and her complexion hasn’t spared her from backlash from viewers.

Some RHOP fans have also accused Gizelle, Robyn, and Ashley of being colorist. Ashley responded to this recently on social media, too.

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Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.



  1. Queen

    September 29, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Ashley is many things but I don’t believe she is a colorist. I think it’s unfortunate that people take a serious issue like colorism and use it to take down people they don’t like on reality shows. And it’s unfortunate Candiace is using colorism to deflect from taking accountability for her actions.

    • Whatever

      September 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      I agree. I could somewhat like Candiace if she stopped playing victim all the time.

  2. Pat

    September 29, 2021 at 10:57 am

    It’s all bullsh-t. Candiace and her stans are weaponizing colorism. They giggled when Candiace called Ashley a bed w-nch. She gets away with being racist as f-ck but cries colorism any time she receives criticism. And whoever said Ashley is much worse than Candiace is delusional. Ashley will genuinely admit when she’s wrong. Candiace doesn’t. And she’s the only cast member who has a history of homophobia, transphobia, and wishing death on people. She talks like a racist white person when she’s mad. She’s toxic as h-ll but gets a pass because people hate Ashley.

    • Yeah I Said It!

      September 29, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      “She talks like a racist white person when she’s mad.”

      Very true but so does her mother so that’s where she gets it from.

  3. Troy

    September 29, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Ashley is quite messy, but she definitely isn’t a colorist. This is just another deflection from Candiace because she refuses to own the sh*t she does. PERIODT!

  4. Ms. Jackson

    September 29, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Where was all this colorism talk when Wendy and Candiace teamed up with the light skinned women to have Monique pushed off the show and Candiace was on Twitter calling other black women street and hood rats? Seems like it’s colorism when it’s convenient. They can miss me with this. People have alliances and always have on Housewives. Don’t change the narrative now because your fave is the target this season.

  5. Shania

    September 29, 2021 at 11:12 am

    So let me get this straight. Gizelle, Robyn, and Ashley have been the most hated since season one but Candiace is not supposed to receive criticism because of her skin tone? I’m sorry but some people need therapy not reality shows. Stop projecting your childhood trauma onto women who get paid to bicker. I’m glad we don’t have to hear this nonsense on RHOA. RHOP fans are weird and mental.

  6. Realness

    September 29, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I hate to say it but I knew when RHOP first premiered with all those light skinned women this would become the topic eventually. Now all some people are going to see is light skinned vs dark skinned and it’s exhausting. We can’t even enjoy reality shows without it being made into a race issue. I don’t believe any of these women are colorists. They clique up and defend whoever they are cool with. When Karen and Wendy weren’t vibing, Karen was accused of being a colorist. Now they’re tight this season. And Gizelle’s being accused of colorism now when she was tight with Wendy last season. It’s ridiculous.

  7. Michelle

    September 29, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Notice Candiace didn’t start screaming colorism until OG did on Basketball Wives. And the last time we saw OG, she was defending Chris Brown when her stans told her about his history of colorism. OG used colorism to build a fan base and gain power on the show. Candiace is doing the same.

  8. Veronica

    September 29, 2021 at 11:34 am

    The same people calling Ashley, Gizelle, and Robyn colorists had no problem with Candiace calling Ashley a roach, milkmaid, and bed w-nch. FOH.

  9. Fashionista

    September 29, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Ain’t Candiace the one constantly coming for peoples looks, financial status, and mothers? She’s more likely to put someone down for their complexion than Ashley if we’re being honest. It’s okay if Candiace is your favorite, but people gotta stop this. They’re making a mockery out of colorism.

  10. Diva

    September 29, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    I can’t say I watched this show and felt colorism took place. I think people are really sensitive about the people they like and they can’t emotionally process why everyone doesn’t like them. For me, RHOP is just entertainment. I don’t take things personally.

    • C

      September 29, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      This. A lot of folks watch RHOP and take this way too seriously. They watch and get offended by something said or done that doesn’t affect them personally. It’s weird. And how are you an adult stanning a stranger? Getting mad cause people don’t love a stranger like you do? It’s so off putting in this fandom. This is just supposed to be entertainment.

  11. Twirl

    September 29, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    They are reaching!

  12. Yep

    September 29, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I agree about the colorism issue. Ashley and Robyn get away with a lot. If they were Dark skin the public would be harsher.

  13. Mary Taite

    September 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I love reading the comments on this particular thread. Candiace is reaching into an empty bag of tricks. She’s not as wonderful as she thinks she is and she’s going to have to realize she’s not Nene or Kenya.

  14. Tasha

    September 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    People are liars. Ashley is not even liked by the fans like that. She even got dragged for this response. Robyn is hated and dragged for everything including her hair, marriage, and being a loyal friend to Gizelle. And Gizelle is THE most hated with the fans which is why the most watched episodes are the episodes where she gets dragged badly by somebody. Think I’m lying? Look at the ratings for the episode Wendy dragged Gizelle during Candiace’s trip and the ratings for the reunion episode when Monique dragged Gizelle. People don’t watch until Gizelle is dragged. And people defended Candiace when she threw a knife at Ashley. It ain’t Ashley with the colorism issue. It’s the people who see color in everything. They are literally on Instagram calling Candiace, Askale, and Wendy Team Dark Skin and Team Dark Chocolate. They need therapy.

    • Anon

      September 29, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Team Dark Skinned? Team Dark Chocolate? What is wrong with these people?!

  15. Babygirl

    September 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Colorism is supposedly the issue but the light skinned women on RHOP are the most hated with the exception of Karen. Make it make sense. Candiace would have a huge fan base if she wasn’t such a jerk on Twitter. Don’t be surprised everyone doesn’t adore you when you’re telling fans to kill themselves and calling their babies ugly on the internet. Common sense ain’t common I see.

  16. Im Saying

    September 29, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    If Gizelle, Ashley, and Robyn said half the things that comes out of Candiace’s mouth, they’d be called racist and there would be boycotts to have them removed from the show. Remember that when people say Candiace is a victim of colorism.

    • Anon

      September 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      This is very true. Candiace wasn’t even fired for her homophobic tweets. Nor did Andy bring them up at the reunion. She wasn’t pressed for telling that blogger to die either even after he ended up dying. She doesn’t get called out by the cast for her horrid behavior either. She gets more passes than anyone else on RHOP.

  17. C

    September 29, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Nah. If you’re gonna sign up for a reality show where you get paid to hang out with women and drag them, you can’t act like a victim when it’s convenient. You get paid to be negative. Stop whining because all the viewers don’t rock with you. And if you watch a show about women dragging each other for entertainment, you can’t clutch your pearls at how these women talk to each other when it’s convenient. I can tell a lot of RHOP stans haven’t been watching this housewives franchise that long. The Atlanta and New York girls are ruthless. They say anything and most of us aren’t on the internet crying about it. The younger generation is too sensitive. Candiace needs thicker skin as well.

  18. 404

    September 29, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    And this is when you become too woke and paranoid to enjoy RHOP. There’s no colorism on this show. Gizelle comes for anybody. So does Ashley. And Robyn will support whatever Gizelle does because they are best friends. You can tell who just started watching RHOP a season or two ago.

  19. Sigh

    September 29, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Americans victimize themselves too much for me. “Oh, you’re only saying this because I’m dark skinned!” “Oh, you don’t like me because I’m light skinned!” “They hate me because I’m black!” “They hate me because I’m white!” “They’re trying to take away my freedoms!” Like just STOP. It’s unhealthy. Y’all ain’t tired yet?

  20. Anonymous

    September 29, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Colorism is real but I don’t understand this new trend to blame it for how people fight on reality shows and why someone on a reality show about cat fights isn’t universally loved.

  21. Xtra

    September 30, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Shania, you mentioned on your post about Candiace childhood trauma, Candiace childhood trauma is being a spoiled rotten brat and always getting her way about everything as a child because of her mother now she’s an adult and expecting this kind of treatment out in the world and no one is going to put up with it.

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