Stassi Schroeder's Podcast Is Losing Advertisers After She Reportedly Criticized The 'Me Too' Movement
A Vanderpump Rules star is making headlines for something other than the reality TV show. Stassi Schroeder's podcast is losing advertisers after she reportedly criticized the #MeToo campaign during an episode on Nov. 24. On Straight Up With Stassi, the reality star frequently discusses news, relationships, and personal interests, but this topic caused a great amount of Twitter backlash. Later in the day on Nov. 24, some of the podcast's advertisers — such as Rent The Runway, Simple Contacts, and Framebridge — announced on Twitter that they will be pulling ads from Straight Up With Stassi. (Bustle reached out to Stassi's PR rep for comment on the reported podcast comments and the advertiser's tweets, but did not receive a response before publication.)
Update: On Saturday, Nov. 25, Stassi tweeted the following apology via Twitter.
Earlier: It's still not clear or known what the reality star specifically said about the #MeToo campaign, since the podcast audio for the episode, titled “Are We On A Male Witch Hunt?,” has since been taken down. Stassi explained the deletion in a tweet, where she responds to a fan asking why the episode is no longer online and available for listening. "Because apparently a lot of people weren't ready for it," Stassi wrote in the tweet, in which the fan's question is quoted in the retweet.
https://t.co/uBz80FLS61— (@stassi) #
Because apparently a lot of people aren't ready for it yet. https://t.co/UXcvxq1tOy— (@stassi) #
According to the NY Daily News, Stassi reportedly tweeted the following in response to the backlash in a now-deleted tweet.
(Bustle also reached out to Stassi's PR rep regarding this reported tweet, but didn't receive a response back.)
Later, Stassi tweeted the following on Nov. 24 in a tweet that is still available online.
About 5 ppl heard this podcast & everyone else read ONE quote without the backstory or context of a TWO hour episode. https://t.co/23EMPZpcMU— (@stassi) #
After that, tweeted, "Just finished recording a follow up episode... stay tuned ;)" along with a GIF of Dany Targaryen from Game of Thrones, saying, "I will answer injustice with justice," so interpret that how you may.
Just finished recording a follow up episode... stay tuned ;) https://t.co/D9j5xlv4V9— (@stassi) #
Stassi is known for her brash, unapologetic personality, as well a biting take on literally everything — herself included. She's long been an advocate for full disclosure and self-love, and openly discusses her own cosmetic changes, romantic issues, and unusual, borderline obsessive interests. Vanderpump Rules has followed Stassi through some tumultuous relationships and intense moments on-screen. While it's currently unknown what exactly Stassi said during her podcast, it has received a strong response among its listeners and advertisers.
The brands did more than just end their advertising with the podcast — they made public announcements via Twitter condemning the statements Stassi allegedly made, but are no longer available online. Rent the Runway issued the following statement about the podcast and Stassi via Twitter.
We're shocked by @stassi's comments re the #metoo campaign. It goes against everything RTR stands for as a company and has publicly advocated. Our 1st ads were slated to run on Mon but effective immediately we've terminated our relationship with her podcast.— (@renttherunway) #
Framebridge also tweeted a statement regarding Straight Up With Stassi in the following tweet.
In no way do @stassi's comments about the #metoo campaign reflect our beliefs. We are ending our relationship with the Straight Up with Stassi Podcast effective immediately. We will always stand by brave women sharing their stories.— (@framebridge) #
Simple Contacts also made a statement condemning the remarks and had announced via Twitter they would be pulling their advertisements from Stassi's podcast.
Simple Contacts doesn't agree with or condone the opinions of @stassi. We've pulled our ads from her podcast. Full statement below.— (@simplecontacts) #
Fans have also been tweeting their responses to the episode and what was said on the Straight Up With Stassi episode.
Some Twitter users were straight up offended.
@SouthSweetLady @stassi I'm only 15 minutes in and I'm already offended. I've never heard such ignorance or general disregard for women. She's literally saying basically women only are lying for attention and we just are on a man with hunt— (@marissalace) #
Ok-just listened to the podcast & your comments were very insensitive. You invalidated anyone who has ever been a victim of rape by insinuating that they use #metoo as a way to get their "15 minutes of fame". No Stassi, it's not that easy to say just say no.— (@saphyreg) #
One Twitter user said they expect an apology no matter what in the next episode.
@stassi I'm more disappointed that you deleted the #podcast.. at least stand by your words. You said very clearly you had been thinking about this for along time. Your next podcast episode better not be full of apologies. #standbyyourwords #metoo #idrespectyoumore— (@drexel1977) #
Another fan was calling out the show's other sponsors.
@Casper Are you going to address @stassi's comments? Why are you sponsoring someone who bashes women coming forward in the #metoo movement? #casper— (@etoileslayer) #
Then there were some Twitter users who stood by what Stassi said in her podcast episode.
Everyone please rally and send love to @stassi. She questioned the authenticity of the #MeToo campaign and liberals are on a witchhunt.— (@redpillblack) #
@stassi You have by far the funniest and most interesting podcast going. Don't let the wicked city get you down, as they say. ❤️— (@mstcambot) #
Disappointed in People mag, giving haters any attention for misinterpreting @stassi's podcast. If there is anyone that takes a stand for women it's her! ❤️ #shameonyouPeople #poorjournalism #khaleesiforlife— (@amanda_renae81) #
Since the next episode of Straight Up With Stassi will reportedly address the drama, fans are anticipating how the Vanderpump Rules personality will handle it all. If there's one thing to expect from Stassi, it's the unexpected. Now, all fans can do is wait for the response.