Rick Leventhal, a former Fox News senior correspondent, stands by Kelly Dodd and his controversial Halloween costumes. Following the tragic accident shooting that resulted in the death of Halyna Utchins, cinematographer for Fox News, Leventhal faces backlash because he portrays Alec Baldwin. RustThe following month, the Real Housewives of Orange CountyAn alum has been criticized for wearing a Native American headdress.
“Kelly celebrated her Native American heritage & I celebrated the great American film actor Alec Baldwin #happyhalloween,”Leventhal captioned images he posted to Instagram on Sunday. Leventhal poses with a fake firearm in his hand. This refers to the prop gun that Baldwin used during filming to kill Hutchins as well as wounding Joel Souza.
His followers were not fond of the costume. “I am a conservative and usually support you and Kelly but this is poor taste… I’m sure you wouldn’t be dressing up like that if it were your daughter that had been shot,”One person wrote and one commented. “Sorry but bad taste. Come on someone lost their life.”Yet another follower was added. “Soooo messed up on so many levels #notfunny.”
Leventhal defends his costume TMZ“Say it!” “In no way was I trying to offend anyone, except Alec Baldwin. He’s a jerk and deserves all the heat he’s getting.”Former Fox News staffer, argued that Halloween wouldn’t exist if everyone dissected every costume to see who it might offend. He also said that he felt bad for Hutchins and his family. “If Baldwin is anti-gun why is he waving them around in movies and pointing them at people and pulling the trigger? Focus your anger at him and the hypocrisy of that industry.”
Dodd did not post the same photos to her profile. instead sharing group photosMonday “2021 Halloween party highlights! For you haters, I embrace my Native American heritage. I think the fashion is beautiful & this was a tribute & celebration,”She wrote using an emoji heart. It wasn’t popular with her followers. “So why don’t you wear that on a random day as your outfit? A culture really isn’t a costume,”One person wrote, while another added. “A headdress isn’t a piece of fashion. And if you knew anything about Indigenous culture and traditions you’d know this! #ourcultureisnotacostume.”
Dodd spoke out at the Season 16 reunion RHOCAfter undergoing an at home DNA test, she was able to say that she is a woman of colour. “My point was I’m Black, Asian, Mexican, Spanish, I’m 30 percent Native American and I’m one percent Jewish. And I’m all races,”She spoke.