The boycott against SoulCycle didn’t move the needle enough for Bethenny Frankel.
“People weren’t going to go to a SoulCycle class for a day in the Hamptons because Steve Ross was having a party, that’s like a champagne socialist,” Frankel, 48, said at an Advertising Week panel on Wednesday. “Oh really, you’re not going to spin today and talk about it? I’m so impacted, I feel like the world is going to change because you’re not going to put your ass on a rubber seat and drink water.”
In August, Ross — a Donald Trump supporter who has financial ties to the upscale spin studio and Equinox — caused an uproar when news broke that he was planning to throw a Hamptons fundraiser for the president’s 2020 campaign.
The former “Real Housewives of New York” star also touted her own relief efforts in areas devastated by natural disasters, making the point that her passion is what drove her to “get in all the way” — not a social media aesthetic.
“I’m not going to bulls–t anybody, I don’t know everything, if I get in, I get in all the way,” she said. “I’ve been all over the world, I’ve raised millions of dollars in relief efforts, and I’ve really cared about each thing and it’s been contagious and addictive for other people to care about each thing so deeply. So you want to go in deep, not that light and bright like, let’s talk about this one thing that everyone’s talking about today, like light a candle and move on.”
Frankel, founder and CEO of Skinnygirl, added, “I never knew a thing about relief work and literally did two [of the] largest private relief efforts in US history based on just being passionate and getting things done and connecting with other people and asking for help.”
The former reality star recently left “RHONY,” but used the onstage opportunity to boast about her hefty paycheck.
“I got paid the most in ‘Housewives’ franchises because I just went for it,” she said.