‘Southern Charm’: Kathryn Dennis’ Former Employer Distances Its Brand After Her Racially Charged Exchange

Kathryn Dennis from Southern Charm apologized for using a monkey emoji during an exchange with radio host Tamika Gadsden. But her former employer felt the need to issue a statement, distancing the company from the cast member.

Austen Kroll, Kathryn Dennis
Austen Kroll, Kathryn Dennis | Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Dennis got into a heated, direct message dispute with Gadsen over a Trump boat parade being planned in Charleston. Dennis insisted supporting Trump didn’t make her racist. But she then responded to Gadsen using a monkey emoji, along with other angry messages, Page Six reports.

Gadsen shared screenshots of the direct message conversation on Twitter. “This is what happens when a Black woman in #Charleston speaks up against white supremacy in the form of MAGA rallies. My comments re: Mylk Bar prompted this @BravoTV “actor” @KathrynDennis to taunt me with monkey emojis in my DMs. Along with a whole host of other names,” she wrote along with the receipts.

Dennis’ employer is now doing damage control

Dennis was seen landing a job at a local boutique in Charleston called Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant. She seemed visibly nervous during the interview but landed a position. The company was also featured on the show on other occasions too.

The company was clearly tracking the drama and felt the need to distance its brand from not only the drama but from Dennis.

“As a minority-owned business, Gwynn’s and our employees are dedicated to serving all members of our community,” according to the post on Instagram. “Indisputably, Kathyrn Dennis’ comments and statements of Tamika Gadsen do no reflect the values of the Gwynn’s brand. Her previous affiliation as a brand ambassador was periodic and on a contract basis. We stand in unity with people of color and with causes that fight to end injustices.”

The post did not allow for comments but was liked by Naomie Olindo from the show.

Apology not accepted

Dennis issued an apology on Twitter following the incident. “I want to acknowledge that using a monkey emoji in my text was offensive, and from the bottom of my heart I sincerely apologize to anyone and everyone I hurt. Although the context was not my intention, there are no ‘if ands or buts that excuse me,” she wrote. Adding, “I did not give it thought, and it was and is wrong. I know I am not that person. I know and will do better.”

Gadsen shared an article along with, “Apology not accepted,” in a tweet. In another tweet, she added, “The default for women like this is violence. Violent, racist rhetoric. Violence in the form of economic pressure. Once a Black woman revokes her labor or compliance, these ‘Kathryns’ resort to violent tropes. Like clockwork.”

The exchange came as longtime cast member Cameran Eubanks announced she was leaving the series. A fan wrote on one of Eubanks’ Instagram posts, “Missing the show! When are you returning? 💕” That’s when Eubanks confirmed she would not return. “I will not be returning,” she replied. Fans were upset and the post received a flood of responses.