'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Kim Zolciak defends 'racist' remarks

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kim-zolciak-racist.jpg Kim Zolciak wasn't on her best behavior on the Season 5 premiere of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- and she's the first to admit it.

But were her rude comments about co-star Kandi Burruss' new home actually racist?

"Racist comments! I been telling y'all this 4 a while now," NeNe Leakes tweeted after Kim referred to Kandi's affluent neighborhood as "ghetto" and "hood," and told Kandi of her indoor swimming pool: "Well, you don't need sun, that's perfect for you!"

"NeNe constantly insinuated 'I come from a trailer park and I am the racist one?" asks Kim in her Bravo blog. "I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I know my character, and the multiple friends of different races that I do have know it as well!

"Like I have said before and will say here again for the last time, COLOR means absolutely nothing to me," she continues. "It is the person's character and blatant ignorance that determines the non-friendship between me and the person."

Kim admits she "wasn't in the best mood" after she and her assistant, Sweetie, to see Kandi's new home. "It was over 95 degrees outside, I was 7 months pregnant, and Kandi's home had no A.C. running. Sweetie told me it wasn't safe at all (however I still went to support Kandi), and in fact there are several movies and songs that describe and portray the harshness of that area.

As for the swimming pool comment, Kim insists it was "a silly joke," not a racial slur.

"My comment about her having an indoor swimming pool because she's black was just a silly joke. Kandi, Sweetie, and I laughed. Quite frankly, I wish I had one myself."

Kandi may have laughed at the time, but she later blogged that she was "offended" and "irritated" by Kim's " ghetto neighborhood comments."

"In my opinion," writes Kandi, "the stuff that Sweetie says to Kim adds to the whole racist theory people have about Kim."

Do you believe Kim is racist, or just misunderstood?

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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