Below Deck star Captain Lee Rosbach has hit back at criticism over a racism storm in the latest episode.
Chief stewardess Heather Chase was forced to apologise for using the N-word in the most recent instalment of the Bravo show, when she repeated the racial slur after it was first used by Black deckhand Rayna Lindsey.
Rayna later pulled her co-star up on the comments, and took her frustrations to first officer Eddie Lucas, who appeared to brush her off.
Captain Lee was live-tweeting his opinions on the episode but didn’t address the scenes, leading to some questioning why he had kept quiet.
After a viewer tweeted him and asked why he didn’t address the scenes, he quote-tweeted their words, replying: ‘Nicki, you should know all the facts before you spout off, but I guess facts don’t mean that much to you, and what’s worse is claiming you know when you don’t.
‘Just a FYI I have been in a hospital bed all week recovering from a serious spinal surgery. Do I owe you an explanation?’
Unhappy with the response, Nicki added: ‘This response is everything I thought it would be. You had time to tweet about Jake and Heather’s sex lives, your sunglasses and the slide. Not Heather’s racial slurs.
‘Got it. You owe me nothing. I wish you a speedy recovery. #BelowDeck #bravotv.’
Speaking to another fan, Captain Lee explained that he went under the knife after being diagnosed with ‘severe spinal stenosis’.
‘I’m doing ok Cindy B just trying to get thru it a have it done,’ he updated. ‘Doc say operation went really well. I’m a bit dopy from meds. But this will pass [sic].’
The controversial scenes aired on Monday’s episode of Below Deck, where Heather repeated the racial slur after Rayna used it, as they left the bathroom together during a night out.
The deckhand ignored it at the time but later pulled her co-star up on the comment when she rapped to a song with Jake Foulger in the crew mess, after they returned from dinner.
Believing the head of the interior crew had repeated the slur for a second time, she said: ‘You cannot say [N-word], you’re white as f**k. That’s cancel culture, you better be careful with certain words.’
Heather appeared stunned, questioning: ‘Did I say it? I didn’t think I said it, I’m sorry.’
To which her fellow cast member replied: ‘I like you but you gotta be careful. You know how people are. 2021 is… it’s not 2002 anymore. I still love you, I’m telling you just be careful.’
The chief stew shared an apology to her Instagram page after the episode aired, telling fans: ‘I am sorry for the hurt my ignorance caused Rayna in tonight’s episode.
‘While I apologised to Rayna throughout the season, I cannot express enough how truly remorseful I am. Part of my responsibility as Chief Stewardess is to provide a welcoming, safe environment for the crew and I fell short.
‘Over the past nine months since this episode was filmed, I have learned how my words and actions can affect others and I vow to do better in the future.’
Rayna also addressed the incident in a Q&A session on her own page, and said to one follower: ‘Girl I tried so hard to not act a foo [sic]. I won’t give these people a reason to call me that angry Black woman. I refuse.’
‘Thanks babe. I hope @bravotv learns from this and starts really diversifying their cast,’ she told another.
The TV star added to an Instagram user: ‘It’s sad. BLM is more prevalent than ever. It’s time to shine a light on what’s going on. Hopefully I get my own show so I can educate the @bravotv community.’
Below Deck bosses and Bravo have yet to speak out over the scenes.
Credit: Original article published here.