Kyle Richards stepped up to defend the singer Gwen Stefani on social media on Wednesday.
The 54-year-old Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star seemed sympathetic to the Voice coach’s plight following a controversial new interview in which she claimed to be Japanese, despite being Italian-American and Irish-American in reality.
“Everyone can’t wait to be offended by something,” Richards commented in response to a social media post regarding the controversy.
Stefani stirred up controversy in an interview with Allure that was published on Tuesday in which she talked about falling in love with Japanese culture after visiting Tokyo for the first time.
Adding her opinion: Kyle Richards, 54, stepped into Gwen Stefani’s controversy over her comments about being ‘Japanese’ by suggesting people were looking to be offended in a comment on Wednesday; seen in December in Santa Monica
Prior to that, her father – who is Italian-American – had traveled to Japan for business multiple times and entranced her with his tales of culture shock.
‘I said, “My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know it,”‘ Stefani recalled raving following her first Tokyo trip.
Kyle’s Instagram defense received a strong reaction in her replies, with most agreeing with her that Stefani’s statement did not warrant the offense being taken.
However, there were still plenty of users who vehemently disagreed with her.
Trigger happy: She suggested people were too easily offended in the brief comment in response to a post about the controversy
Foot in mouth: Stefani, who is Italian-American and Irish-American, went past a love of Japanese culture and said she was Japanese in a new interview with Allure; seen in December
‘mmm no Kyle this is really kinda bad bc she’s literally not Japanese at all,’ replied one user. Every father would travel for work and she just resonated with the culture. Not the same. She also used those 4 women as props for money for years. Sometimes things are as offensive as people make them. Be on the right side of this.’
‘so we won’t see you getting offended by anything next season then,’ joked another user, referring to her status as a conflict attractor on RHOBH.
“You and every white person in the comments saying the same thing need to be quiet,” added another voice.
Richards previously quarreled over race during an interaction with her RHOBH costar Garcelle Beauvais.
Awkward: Kyle previously had a confrontation on RHOBH with Garcelle Beauvais that her costar thought was racially motivated after she singled her out for not making a charity donation; seen in May 2022
The Halloween actress pointed fingers at the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress for not donating $5,000 to a charity, but Beauvais believed she would not have had the same confrontation with one of her other white costars.
‘I feel like it was weaponized towards me being a black woman,’ she said.
‘I don’t have any issues with you!’ Richards replied, trying to personalize the issue, although Beauvais then highlighted a history of Black people being stereotyped as either cheap or poor.
No regrets: Gwen Stefani defended her Harajuku era yet again, despite previously sparking accusations of cultural appropriation of Asian culture for her personal gain; seen in 2004
Stefani’s early statement about being Japanese came as she defended her Harajuku era yet again, despite previously sparking accusations of cultural appropriation of Asian culture for her personal gain.
While speaking about her now-controversial Harajuku Lovers fragrance line, which launched in 2008, and frequent use of Japan’s subculture over the years, the singer, 53, raised eyebrows as she repeatedly insisted she was Japanese.
Despite having no ethnic ties to the country, the performer claimed to identify as part Asian.
In the interview with Allure, writer Jesa Marie Calaor asked the performer what she learned from creating the Harajuku Lovers brand, ‘considering its praise, backlash, and everything in between.’
Speaking to the brand’s inspirations, she told the interviewer: ‘That was my Japanese influence and that was a culture that was so rich with tradition, yet so futuristic. [with] so much attention to art and detail and discipline and it was fascinating to me.’
Additionally, the mother-of-three reflected on how after years of hearing her father recall his work trips to Japan as a Yamaha marketing executive, visiting Tokyo felt like home.
Sparking backlash: While speaking about her now-controversial Harajuku Lovers fragrance line, which launched in 2008, and frequent use of Japan’s subculture over the years, the singer, 53, raised eyebrows as she repeatedly insisted she was Japanese
‘I said, “My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know it,”‘ Stefani raved.
When the author, who is Filipina, noticed a bit of awkwardness ‘in the air between’ them, Stefani said: ‘I am, you know.’
She then proceeded to note that there is ‘innocence’ to her love of Japanese culture.
The self-proclaimed ‘super fan’ of Japan said it ‘doesn’t feel right’ to her when she receives criticism for being an admirer ‘of something beautiful and sharing that.’
Bizarre claims: Despite having no ethnic ties to the country as the daughter of an Italian-American father and Irish-American mother, the performer claimed to identify as part Asian; pictured in 2006
‘I think it was a beautiful time of creativity… a time of the ping-pong match between Harajuku culture and American culture,’ the Hollaback Girl continued.
The wife of the country star, Blake Shelton, then asked:[It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if we’re not allowed then that’s dividing people, right?’
Additionally, Stefani said she was influenced by the Hispanic and Latinx communities of her hometown of Anaheim, California.
Controversial: The mom-of-three marveled that after years of hearing her dad recall his work trips to Japan as a Yamaha marketing executive, visiting Tokyo felt like home
‘The music, the way the girls wore their makeup, the clothes they wore, that was my identity,’ she explained. ‘Even though I’m an Italian American — Irish or whatever mutt that I am — that’s who I became because those were my people, right?’
While the interviewer said she doesn’t believe ‘Stefani was trying to be malicious or hurtful in making these statements,’ they did cause her to feel ‘unsettled.’
Calaor pointed out the former The Voice judge ‘asserted twice that she was Japanese and once that she was “a little bit of an Orange County girl, a little bit of a Japanese girl, a little bit of an English girl”‘ during their chat .
In 2021, Stefani touched on the criticism she received in her career when she faced claims of cultural appropriation around her 2004 solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. during an interview with Paper magazine.
Awkward: While the interviewer said she doesn’t believe ‘Stefani was trying to be malicious or hurtful in making these statements,’ they did cause her to feel ‘unsettled’
During this time, she was often accompanied by Japanese-American backup dancers called the Harajuku Girls.
Gwen pondered in the interview: ‘If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn’t have so much beauty, you know? We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other.
And all these rules are just dividing us more and more… I think that we grew up in a time where we didn’t have so many rules. We didn’t have to follow a narrative that was being edited for us through social media, we just had so much more freedom.’
While in the rock band, No Doubt, in the 80s and 90s, she frequently wore a bindi, which are traditionally worn by Hindu women (seen in 1997)
Cultural appropriation: Additionally, she has landed in hot water for wearing cornrows (pictured in 2000)
Last year, the former three-time Grammy winner got slammed for appropriating Black culture while wearing dreadlocks and the colors of the Jamaican flag.
While in the rock band, No Doubt, in the 80s and 90s, she frequently wore a bindi, which is worn by Hindu women.
She has since stated that she wore bindis and saris as a ‘cultural exchange with her bandmate Tony Kanal, who is Indian-American,’ according to Page Six.
In 2019, the musician admitted to feeling ‘a little defensive’ when people refer to her Harajuku era as cultural appropriation.
“You take pride in your culture and have traditions, and then you share them for new things to be created,” she told Billboard.