SOUTHERN Charm's Kathryn Dennis has been fired as a brand ambassador for Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, a luxury lifestyle store in South Carolina.
Gwynn's confirmed the news in an Instagram post, days after Kathryn sent monkey emojis to a black radio host, and claimed it was offensive to be called "white people."
"As a minority-owned business, Gwynn's and our employees are dedicated to serving all members of our community," an Instagram post from the store read.
"Indisputably, Kathryn Dennis's comments and statements to Tamika Gadsden do not 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 store also turned off comments on their post.
In a series of messages sent over social media to Tamika over the weekend, Kathryn – who has regularly shared Instagram posts tagging the store – wrote: "Why are you calling us 'white people?' that is so racist."
"Ha dude u are crazy," the mom-of-two continued before sending the animal emoji and calling on Tamika to "grow a pair."
The messages came after Tamika called out a beauty salon owner in South Carolina who had decided to host a "Trump boat parade" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Kathryn has since apologized for her comments, and in a statement on Instagram, wrote: "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.
"I was tone deaf to see how it could be perceived."
"Although the context was not my intension, there are not "if ands or buts" that excuse me," she added.
"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."
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