Fans of Bravo's Shahs Of Sunset pointed Instinct toward an off-color remark made by season 2 newcomer Lilly Ghalichi in the new episode from the popular reality series. In the episode, Lilly jokes about AIDS being spread from a used pair of bikini bottoms, setting off an online deluge of irate fans leaving comments on Bravo's blog, Lilly's Facebook page and anywhere a mention of the show can be found. We had to get to the bikini bottom of the matter, so we reached out to Lilly herself and gave her a chance to explain.
What does Lilly have to say about the AIDS joke she made on Shahs of Sunset?
First, a clip of the remark:
Lilly Ghalichi responded swiftly to our request for comment, telling Instinct:
First off, I would like to apologize to everyone for the inaccurate and unacceptable joke. AIDS is a very serious disease and there is nothing funny about it.
Secondly, I am so ashamed that I of all people made a comment to further the stigma of AIDS. Clearly I am intelligent enough to know that you cannot spread AIDS via a soiled swimsuit, however I was not intelligent at all at that moment to make a joke about it.
What I was intending to allude to were certain STDS or infections, which for example you 100% can spread crabs from a soiled swimsuit. AIDS, however, is not transmittable via a soiled swimsuit and I am mortified with myself for making a joke that implies it can be.
I am not a perfect person, and having cameras follow you around 24-7 is difficult. We all make inappropriate jokes and say things we shouldn't have in our private moments. The difference is my life is exposed to the world; I don't have private moments. Because of this, I should be held to a higher standard, and I truly do apologize for what I said. It is inexcusable.
To anyone struggling with the disease, or that may have family or friends fighting the disease, I am the most sorry to you. I am a very loving person and I hope anyone offended by the comment will find it in their heart to forgive me and give me another chance.
I am going to contact the AIDS Awareness Society to try and make a statement with them letting everyone know how inaccurate and unacceptable my joke was. In my heart I want nothing more than to help destroy the ridiculous stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS. I apologize to everyone for my ridiculous joke, and I hope one day I can use my platform to help AIDS Awareness.
What do you think of Lilly's response?