Bethenny Frankel Makes Incredibly Racist, Sexist Comments During Keynote To Women Leaders
Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel may not be getting too many more speaking gigs in the near future after making a disastrous impression at Rent The Runway’s and UBS’s Project Entrepreneur summit in New York City Saturday, where she made several comments in poor taste, including remarks she felt a closeness with black women because she’s loud, that women should have sex with men for business gain as well as advising women business owners of color “hire a white man as the face of our companies,” digital strategist and friend to BOSSIP Mary Pryor was actually at the event and wrote a searing account of the event for the Huffington Post.
As a participant in Rent The Runway’s and UBS’s Project Entrepreneur, a new initiative to equip women founders with the tools and advice they need to thrive in the marketplace, I was stunned when Frankel implied that women should have sex with men in exchange for capital. I was offended when she expressed some kind of kinship with black women because she’s “loud.” And I was taken aback when she advised those of us in the room to get business advice to hire a white man as the face of our companies.
The session was not recorded, but it caused a firestorm both in New York City, where the event took place, and on social media.
Pryor also shared the following tweets about her experience:
Project Entrepreneur issued an apology to attendees on their website and Twitter:
“We understand that guests were offended during our Day 1 luncheon, following remarks made by our speaker. This was not our intention and is contrary to our goals. We apologize to our guests,” the statement reads. “We launched Project Entrepreneur to champion all women. We thank those of you who candidly spoke out and welcome this important dialogue.”