Leah McSweeney Claps Back At Critics Shaming Race Conversations On 'RHONY'

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Leah McSweeney isn't here for the ongoing criticism she and her Real Housewives of New York City cast mates have received in regard to the plot lines of the 13th season of the Bravo reality series and has taken to social media to make her thoughts known.

On July 7, following last week's episode of the show, McSweeney took to her Instagram account, where she shared photos from the event that was filmed and fired back at criticism over the show's ongoing conversations about race.

Leah McSweeney Calls Out Hypocritical Fans

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"More photos from last nights episode," she began. "[P.S.] I see all you Bravo fan accounts that were bashing bravo for not having a diverse NYC cast but now mad that race is being discussed."

After calling out certain Bravo fan pages for their hypocrisy over the storylines at hand, McSweeney said that she and her co-stars are doing what they can to educated viewers, while also educating themselves about the matter.

"Hard conversations are being had and none of us are doing it perfectly. That includes ALL of us. But we are doing it," she wrote.

Leah McSweeney's 'RHONY' Cast Mates Weigh In

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After McSweeney's post was shared, a number of her Real Housewives of New York City cast mates, including the series' first Black cast member, Eboni K. Williams, weighed in.

"Say that Sis," Williams wrote.

"Hot mess express. All aboard. (Elevator). Thx Leah. Well said #notperfect but doing it," Sonja Morgan agreed.

"Love this," added Bershan Shaw, who filmed a "friend" role for the show's 13th season.

Dr. Tiffany Moon, the first Asian cast member of The Real Housewives of Dallas, also spoke out, posting three fire emoji in the comments section of McSweeney's post.

'RHONY' Viewers Are Overwhelmed With Race Storylines Amid Season 13

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Also in the comments section of McSweeney's post, a number of viewers of The Real Housewives of New York City explained their frustrations with the season.

"The conversations need to happen but I do agree, not in every episode," one person wrote.

"I like a healthy dialogue but DAMN!" another proclaimed. "Part of being Black is that [you're] dynamic, it’s not ALL you are…and Eboni just isn’t showing enough of who she really is."

"Of course it needs to be discussed, but not every single episode at every single gathering. I’m woke, but this is too much even for me," a third fan stated.

'RHONY' Viewer Complains Show 'Isn't Fun'

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Another Instagram user said that while a diverse case is "great," the escapism factor of watching reality television has diminished from The Real Housewives of New York City.

"I watch reality TV for an escape from the stresses of real life…I want to see the tiki torches thrown and people in the bushes and bikini bottoms being shoved on to the wrong person. I do not want to watch a discussion or debate every week on issues like religion race and politics. One week ok, every week not ok. Show isn’t fun," they explained.

To see more of McSweeney and her cast mates, don't miss new episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City season 13, which are currently airing on Wednesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.