Real Housewives of D.C.'s Cat Downplays What Some Saw as Racially Charged Remarks

It had been a long day of hyping their new Bravo series, and The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.'s Catherine "Cat" Ommanney desperately wanted to change the subject from co-star and alleged White House party crasher Michaele Salahi.

"Let's talk about racism!" Ommanney said, butting into an ongoing conversation.

But her castmates — Stacie Turner, Mary Amons, and Lynda Erkiletian — were grateful, explaining they had been asked quite enough about Salahi, thank you very much. (Salahi was absent during this chat two weeks ago, later explaining to that she and husband Tareq had been busy hiring a lawyer, Lisa Bloom — and just in time, it seems.) Ommanney instead wanted to focus on the premiere, and specifically the questions she was fielding about her tirade against Tyra Banks and President Barack Obama. Indeed, last week's series opener had more than a few racially charged moments, edited together for maximum discomfort.

There was Amons' tipsy, drawn-out declaration that black and white women should be going to the same D.C. hair salons - "I had been drinking," she said during the group interview - followed by Ommanney's dismissals of Banks and President Obama.

Banks, Ommanney said in the episode, thinks she's "the most important woman on the planet ... beautiful but hideous."

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