The shady side of Southern Charm’s Shep Rose
Many Southern Charm fans were disturbed when Shep Rose took to his Instagram Stories to violate the privacy of a woman in New York City who appeared to be experiencing homelessness. In the since-deleted clip, Rose mocks her for collecting cans, saying, “Look at me, nice cans! I mean, the cans you have!” (via People). In response, the woman covers her face and yells back, “No! No!” It’s a truly heartbreaking scene, to say the least. Rose, however, seemed amused by the incident, captioning the video with: “I love double entendres. Yes she was camera shy. But she laughed.” Ugh.
Needless to say, countless social media users took Rose to task, with one person tweeting: “@BravoTV you need to listen to all the voices calling for Shep Rose to be fired from Southern Charm. His behavior toward a homeless woman was cruel & unacceptable. No human being should be treated in such a way for entertainment.”
Rose initially tried to blow off the criticism, sarcastically stating he would undergo “sensitivity training five times a week” to make up for his wrongdoing. But when the backlash intensified, he offered up a somewhat real apology. “It was a stupid joke and bad idea all around,” Rose wrote in since-deleted tweet (via Us Weekly). Claiming it was all “a bit out of context,” he added, “Yeah, wasn’t cool or funny. Mea culpa.”