D. Smith went head to head with Bambi in this week’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. In an exclusive interview with VH1, D. spoke about why she called Bambi a trans woman as an insult in that moment and what she thinks her cast mates could do to better educate themselves on the trans experience.
Let’s talk about the argument with Bambi. Why did you decide to call her transgender as an insult? Do you regret choosing that word?
D. Smith: No, and I’m going to tell you why. I did use that word that way and that’s so observant of you because I said that to let her to let her know, “Girl, there’s not much difference between you and I.” There really isn’t. We’re the same height [and] the same build, except that she has hips. [Bambi’s] feet are bigger, her hands are bigger, and she’s probably a little taller then me. If we’re going to dissect and nitpick who’s who, I’m just going to say, “Girl, look in the mirror.” Obviously it’s not a bad thing, but I said [transgender] to make a point.
Scrappy went off on Instagram about trans women before the seasons started airing. Is their a conflict between the two of you?
I don’t think he was talking to me but he was still talking to someone that still represents my community, and again it’s just another nobody that’s ranting and raving and being irresponsible with his words. Again, another person I’m not buying. I don’t believe he feels that way. You have to understand, I’ve been into guys since I was 7 years old. I know mannerisms. I know when they’re straight. I know when they’re dealing with homosexuality. I know when they’re dealing with being DL or being homophobic. I know all the different signs and neither one of the guys on this show [Waka Flocka or Scrappy] are against gay or trans people. They’re just being irresponsible and immature.
What do you think the solution is in educating people about the LGBTQ experience?
I honestly think it’s so deep and rooted in black culture. It’s about the awareness of what you’re saying and what you’re thinking. I mean people hate this comparison but it’s the same as black people and the Jim Crow laws in the 1950s. It’s the same thing. You can’t help that. You can’t help when people are prejudice against you, like people are displaying on the show. It shows a sign of weakness and it also shows a sign of lake of education because prejudice is prejudice. Clearly I’m not going to change or debate who I am on the show. I’m not going to defend who I am.
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