Kelly Dodd‘s brother Eric Meza revealed that their mother, Bobbi Meza, has contracted COVID following the reality star’s controversial comments about the pandemic.
Eric posted a photo via Instagram on Saturday, November 21, that read, “Prayers for my mother. She has COVID19.” He captioned the photo, “Prayers needed for my mother. Thank you. She is in ICU.”
Dodd, 45, commented on the post, “Mom has me blocked! Jr said she’s not in ICU,” in reference to her other brother, JR Meza. The comment has since been deleted.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star faced backlash in April when she claimed that the pandemic is “Gods way of thinning the herd,” adding that those who have died from the disease “would’ve died this year” because “they were compromised” anyway.
“Do you know how many people died from the h1n1 the swine flu or SARS ?? It’s 25% get your facts straight you are only hearing the numbers not the reality !!” she tweeted at the time. “If you are vulnerable or compromised stay inside if you don’t protect others by wearing masks and gloves keep your distance and don’t go out if you are ill !! It’s common sense!”
Later that day, she issued a public apology in a series of videos on her Instagram Stories. “When I wrote that it’s ‘God’s way of thinning the herd,’ that’s not what I meant,” she explained. “What I meant was, ‘Do these pandemics happen because it’s God’s way?’ I’m not God. I’m not insensitive. I feel bad for all the families that have lost loved ones, and I do think we should all stay at home and protect everybody. That’s not what I meant, and I want to apologize to anyone who got offended, OK? I’m sorry.”
One month later, Dodd came under fire again when she posted about the reopening of restaurants in her hometown. The Bravo personality shared a video of herself dining with her mom and her 14-year-old daughter Jolie, whom she shares with ex-husband Michael Dodd.
“Yay, we finally get to have a meal out,” Dodd said in the clip. “Yay, no one is wearing a mask. I love it. Yay!”
The California native showed off her meal and the restaurant, which had masked employees.
“No one is wearing masks here in Orange County,” she said. ” Yup, because no one is dying here of the virus.”
Dodd shared photos via Instagram from her bridal shower, which showed her guests not wearing masks or social distancing. The reality star also wore a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat, parodying the Black Lives Matter movement.
When a user called out Dodd for “no social distancing,” she replied, “Thanks for stating the obvious.” She told another follower that the virus is “a super flu not a death sentence.”
Dodd later posted a photo of the group wearing masks captioned, “People were asking where are the masks?? Well here they are !!”
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