Bethenny Frankel is coming under fire after comments she made about a summer camp — one that her daughter, Bryn, didn’t even attend. On her Just B podcast, Bethenny slammed an all-girls camp for allowing a “girl with a penis” to bunk with campers assigned female at birth, and people aren’t impressed with her to take on the situation.
Frankel slammed Hampton’s summer camp for allowing a boy who identified as a girl, which led to girls as young as nine being exposed to a penis. Frankel slammed the camp on her podcast, where she also targeted gender pronouns, leading to some backlash on social media.
“Summer camp went f***ing crazy this summer – either it was the pandemic or everybody being politically correct, or it just happened to be the craziest year in camp history,” Frankel said on her “Just B” podcast episode. “It’s an all-girls camp, and a person with a penis who identifies as being a girl went to the camp… The girls saw her — because it’s her because it’s male anatomy but identifying as a woman — so the other girls saw a penis.”
The former ‘Real Housewives’ star indicated that the daughter she shares with ex Jason Hoppy didn’t attend the camp in question, but she was informed of the incident by “other parents”. This isn’t the first time Frankel has been mired in controversy. Back in 2020, she was slammed after exiting RHONY, which she dubbed “a proverbial middle finger and uninspiring.” Since then, she’s made quite a name for herself with the ‘Just B’ podcast and her other ventures.
She clearly struck a nerve though with the episode published on September 23, where her rant against gender identity and pronouns caught many off-guard. However, she refused to back down from the pressure and promised to “discuss this again this week”.
It’s unclear when the incident occurred, and where, with Frankel providing few details about the summer camp in question.
“They’re 9, 10 years old, so the parents obviously weren’t that happy. … A penis often goes into a vagina often so they might not want that visual so soon,” she added. Frankel then went on to slam the camp, saying “Not every situation is set up to make someone thrive… You can’t make every situation fit. The camp didn’t think it through.” Frankel then went on to rant against inclusive schools and gender identity.
“We have to go into the fact that I did a Zoom for my daughter’s school and [had] the pronouns conversation with each teacher, each parent, each child,” Frankel said at the opening of her podcast episode. “My daughter says in school, everybody has to say their pronouns. [She] didn’t even know what hers were, and I can’t even blame [her] – [She said] ‘I know what I am, or what I think I am, but like I never have said it out loud.’ So she said she didn’t know.”
Frankel immediately faced backlash for that episode but decided to double down with a series of tweets.
“Listen to the podcast. Then comment. I was absolutely not wrong. And I’m going to discuss this again this week. Thankfully I have a platform to clarify what the media loves to distort. @justbpodcast ps. I’m not afraid of cancelation so not afraid of charged discussions,” she said in one.