Below Deck star Heather Chase apologized for using the n-word on the show. Monday night’s episode went from silly to serious. During the crew’s night out, Heather said the n-word not once, but three times. Deckhand Rayna Lindsey caught her saying the n-word on separate occasions.
She even warned Heather that she could get “canceled” if she’s not careful. However, that didn’t stop Heather from using it again later that night. While it was an alcohol-fueled night, it didn’t excuse the chief stew’s behavior. Shortly after the episode aired, Heather took to social media to apologize, but Rayna isn’t buying it.
Heather Chase apologized for the n-word controversy
Monday night’s episode showed Rayna and Heather having fun with one another. At one point, Rayna said the n-word. Heather reciprocated by using the same slur, even though she’s a white woman. Rayna can use the word if she wants to since the Black community reclaimed it over the years.
She repeatedly used it later on the boat. Rayna already warned Heather about using the word. However, Heather claims that she doesn’t recall saying the word.
Now, Heather has a different story. Upon witnessing Monday night’s episode, her memories came flooding back to her. She took to Instagram to issue an apology. She apologized “for the hurt my ignorance caused Rayna.” The Below Deck Season 9 star also claimed that she apologized to Rayna during the season, it was unfound in that episode.
“While I apologized Rayna throughout the season, I cannot express enough how remorseful I am,” Heather explained. “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.”
Still, some people don’t buy her apology. Below Deck fans have been calling for her firing. Others don’t understand why production didn’t stop Heather when she said the n-word the first time around. They think she should’ve gotten fired on the spot and Rayna agrees.
Rayna Lindsey doesn’t buy Below Deck star’s apology
Rayna took to Instagram Stories on the night of the troubling episode. During a live Q&A, she shared her thoughts about how the crew should’ve responded to the situation. Like most people, Rayna was disappointed with the way first officer Eddie Lucas brushed it off. She also thinks producers should’ve intervened.
One fan noted, “And producers just stood there,” to which Rayna responded, “The thing is they should’ve fired heather. It’s 2021.” She also called Heather’s apology “fake as hell.” Another fan asked her if she forgives Heather, to which responded, “I don’t.”
The Bravo star revealed that the two were never friends. But she still wishes Heather well. Both Rayna and fans have addressed Bravo’s silence on the matter. A repeat of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen follower after the episode’s airing. Fans can’t help but notice how different the network is handling this situation compared to similar incidents from the cast of Vanderpump Rules.
In June 2020, the network fired Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni for their past racist remarks and actions. Bravo has not spoken out about Heather’s remarks. Do you think she should get fired? Sound off below in the comment section.
Below Deck airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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