RHOA: “The Cookie Lady” Speaks On Backlash From Show
Viewers of The Real Housewives of Atlanta haven’t been too kind to the woman known as “the cookie lady.” Fans were so displeased with her interaction with friend to the show, Tanya Sam, that they dug up her old mugshot! She’s now speaking out about her appearance on the show and believe it or not, she says she’s unbothered.
‘RHOA’ viewers slam “The Cookie Lady”
Kenya Moore had been in an ongoing shade war with Sam. Moore took offense to Sam sharing that Moore left her wig in a hotel with the rest of the cast after Sam was pissed that Moore had information about Sam’s fiance allegedly trying to flirt with another woman. The woman in question was introduced as “the cookie lady,” an Atlanta bakery owner named Shiana White.
White participated in an ambush to inform Sam of her man’s alleged indiscretions. She was quite feisty and told Sam that her fiance flirted with her, told her he was single and took her number. According to White, he was “all over” her the night in question. When she snapped at Sam and told her that she was “f***ing gorgeous,” viewers had enough.
They slammed White on Twitter, claiming her abrasiveness was an attempt to get camera time.
“Don’t worry @itsTanyaSam #thecookielady just wants her 10 minutes of fame. She will disappear soon,” one fan wrote.
They also believed that White was exaggerating her interaction with Sam’s fiance.
“#thecookielady had ZERO receipts tho,” another declared.
Viewers took things a step further when they discovered White’s criminal history, which included her being charged for fraud and sentenced to two years probation.
“The Cookie Lady” says she did not intend to hurt Tanya Sam
As if the social media backlash wasn’t enough, viewers were so turned off by White’s behavior that they left negative Yelp reviews on her business page for her cookie boutique, A Haute Cookie.
“Unusual Activity Alert. This business recently made waves in the news, which often means people come to this page to post their views on the news. While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to this news event, we work to verify that the content you see here reflects personal consumer experiences with the business rather than the news itself. As a result, we’ve temporarily disabled the posting of content to this page. You should feel free to post your thoughts about the recent media coverage for this business on Yelp Talk at any time.”Yelp
She also decided to break her silence and speak out for the first time about the ambush in an exclusive interview with The Jasmine Brand.
In terms of how she feels she’s been portrayed on the show, White says she’s not affected attributes everything to editing.
“I know myself and who I am at the beginning and end of the day,” she said. “I also know what it takes to make a successful reality show and they have to edit to bring the drama and keep ratings.”
White also stands by her account of Sam’s fiance’s flirtatious behavior, calling it “inappropriate and a bit disrespectful.”
While she says her intentions were not to hurt Sam, she does not believe that Sam was open to hearing her take on everything. White also says she has no regrets about her appearance on the show, despite the negative attention it drew to her business.