'Basketball Wives' fans demand Evelyn Lozada be FIRED for racist slur against Cecilia Gutierrez
Evelyn called Cecilia 'Cece' Gutierrez 'Lee-Lee,' which was a reference to an Asian salon worker which the group from the show knows and often visits.
'Basketball Wives' star Evelyn Lozada has found herself in hot water, with fans of the show calling for her head after she used racial slurs against fellow co-star Cecilia 'Cece' Gutierrez. An argument erupted during the group lunch after Cece taunted Evelyn by referring to her as 'Evil-Lyn,' resulting in the latter mocking Cece as 'Lee-Lee,' saying, "I have a problem with you Lee-Lee."
This was not the first time that Evelyn had attacked Cece. Earlier, she had spread false rumors about Cece, girlfriend to former Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott, saying that she's a registered nurse who runs a health clinic and gave "happy endings" to clients. "Happy Endings," is a phrase referred to as the oral sex given at sleazy Asian massage houses for a bonus tip; if anything, this was downright racist.
While that relatively slipped under the radar, it seems that this time around, the implications might be more serious.
According to Inquisitr, cast member Malaysia Pargo explained the racial connotations behind the insult. Cece is Filipino, with 'Lee-Lee' reportedly a reference to an Asian salon worker the group knows and visits. The entire cast was on location in Amsterdam to shoot the episode, but neither the producer, Shaunie O' Neal, nor any Cece's co-stars intervened during the outburst.
The news soon began gaining traction on social media, with a fan even setting up a Change.org petition titled "Help Relieve Ms.Lozada Of Her Services from 'Basketball Wives.'" In the argument for her removal, they wrote, "This racial comment 'SLUR' is unacceptable [sic], especially from a show with a majority female and minority cast. Regardless of being black, white, skinny, fat, diabetic [sic], gay, lesbian, transgender, ASIAN...it's unacceptable [sic] to make fun of someone because of these things, and Ms. Lozada has done this on multiple occasions throughout the show's runtime [sic]."
The last line refers to Evelyn, who is on the show because she dated retired NBA star Antoine Walker between 1998 and 2008, referring to ex-husband and former NFL star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson as an 'n****.' That particular comment had angered followers of the show as well, with many pointing how it was inappropriate for her to use the phrase because of her Puerto Rican descent.
The petition also threatened a boycott of the reality series if Evelyn was not axed. "The viewers of VH1's 'Basketball Wives' demand Ms. Lozada be terminated from employment indefinitely...by Executive Producer Shaunie O' Neal or the other VH1 underlying personnel. If not, expect the show to drop in massive ratings, as we the viewers will not tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-shaming, or any other type of harassment and injustice."
It is seeking signatures from 2,500 patrons, with 1,844 joining the cause so far.