Jen Shah after being called “scary” on a recent episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” says that she wants her costars to understand how dangerous can that label be for women of colour.
Shah, who is of Tongan and Hawaiian heritage, yelled and threw a glass during her husband Sharrieff’s birthday party when she heard that Meredith Marks and Lisa Barlow had allegedly made the claim — and in a sneak peek of this week’s episode, the women deny having said it.
47 year old Shah said, “It means something different to us. There’s this double standard and I hope that we can get some education from it and people can make some changes… I don’t think it’s coming from a place of being malicious. I think it’s coming from a place of ignorance.”
She then explained that she touched upon how her life has been different from her costars during the filming of reunion and said she is worried for her son’s safety growing up in an affluent neighbourhood. “I’m afraid they’re going to see a black boy,” she said. “And they’re going to think, ‘Oh, my gosh, he’s robbing someone’s house and running away.’ You hear those stories all the time. And as a mom, it scares the crap out of me.”
She also stopped her son from driving car around Las Vegas with her friends as she is scared that the expensive car can be stolen. “These are the things I have to deal with that my [white] castmates don’t,” she explained. “That’s why it’s for me it’s so hard, it’s so dangerous to label a person of color or to accuse them of something when they’re just freely throwing around terms.”
She added, “My family and I, we’ve had to work very hard for what we have and things mean a little bit more to us than probably other people … Yeah, I am big and over-the-top because hell yeah I’m gonna celebrate every single thing and milestone we accomplish. I want to celebrate — I want people to see that people of color are doing great things.”