• Ivan Flores

"Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" Star Under Fire for Homophobic & Colorism Remarks on S

Rapper, author, reality television star and businesswoman Hazel-E, is currently receiving internet backlash for going on a social media rant with boyfriend and rapper, Rose Burgundy, insulting the LGBTQ+ community and women in the black community that are dark-skinned.

It all started when she was involved in a public Instagram feud with rising comedian Jessica Robin Moore, also known as Jess Hilarious, regarding her boyfriend, Rose, of allegedly lying about his sexuality and age and that both were lying to the public about their relationship. Things took a turn for the worst when Hazel posted a photo of Jess and her five-year-old son which has now been deleted, claiming that she was “tired of all these monkey looking dark butts” and calling Jess’ son derogatory homophobic slurs.

Rose had this own view to express regarding Jess’s claims about him cheating and being bisexual in a now-deleted Instagram post displaying a burning LGBTQ+ flag with a caption that he hopes “all gays die and go to hell.” Soon after, Hazel commented on her boyfriend’s post; “Burn in hell just like God said on the Bible!”

Hazel then posted a photo collage of women she’s previously had altercations with including “Love & Hip Hop” Alums Moniece Slaughter from Hollywood and Jhonni Blaze from New York claiming that they were jealous of her beauty and light skin complexion. She states in the now-deleted post that she sees these women hating on her and suggests them to stop bleaching their skin because they will never be on her level nor could they “pass the brown paper bag test.”

Hazel since then issued an apology about her homophobic posts saying that they were not directed toward the entire LGBTQ+ community but people were not having it. Twitter and Instagram users expressed that she was “cancelled” and that her apology was unforgivable because she never addressed the colorism remarks she made on social media.

For those that may not know what colorism means, according to the Oxford Dictionaries, it is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color. It is typically evident against individuals with a dark skin tone among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

Her apology was already too late.

According to The Shade Room, an Instagram-based media company, Hazel lost her endorsement deals with Impressions Vanity Company and online shoe retailer, ShoeDazzle, after users immediately addressed the posts to both companies which led to their decision to cut ties with her. Not only did Hazel lose her endorsement deals, the reality TV star was also fired from “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.”

According to TMZ, Hazel claims she was officially fired from the popular VH1 show on October 20 because of her social media rant, not before as producers from the show previously stated. Sources connected to Hazel say the decision to fire her was made the day after her social media rant and she received a letter of the producers’ decision on October 21.

TMZ got in touch with the show’s producers and stated that their initial decision to let her go was on October 4. According to B. Scott, a spokesperson for VH1 and the show’s producers says they collectively decided on October 4, they did not want not her be a part of the next season of “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood." Reasons of her firing were producers felt she overstayed her welcome and she angered many of them due to her behavior during the season’s filming. It was the final straw for the producers with Hazel during the reunion show taping.

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