Entrepreneur and reality star Bethenny Frankel, who appears on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” and has had a number of her own shows including “Bethenny Ever After,” just stepped — or rather, swam — into a controversy.
People magazine reports that Frankel outraged many of her fans on social media with a series of posts about swimming with dolphins.
Frankel, 46, was on vacation in the Bahamas when she gushed on Instagram about an upcoming dolphin swim with her 6-year-old daughter.
Frankel posted a message saying, “How is everyone? We’re going to swim with the dolphins today! Yay!” She later followed up with a video of dolphins swimming and the message “See those dolphins out there?”
“While Frankel was all smiles in the footage, social media users didn’t seem too happy,” People reports, noting that users went after the TV personality in the video’s comments section.
Wrote one user: “You rock but you should know better. Watch the docu on dolphin capture. You’re so smart. Can’t believe you would give your $$ to this terrible program for these poor babies.”
People adds: “Dolphins used in Swim-With-the-Dolphins attractions are ‘commercially exploited,’ according to the Humane Society. Officials noted that the society ‘is strongly opposed to’ these attractions, alleging that the animals are held in captivity.”
Frankel has yet to address the controversy publicly.