Erica Mena Calls "L&HH" Out For Filming Post-"Monkey" Debacle, Won't Appear On Racism Roundtable Tonight

Fans of the reality series feel a cast sit down would be much more beneficial if Mena was in attendance.

BYHayley Hynes
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Now that Erica Mena has had some time to process all the chaos that quickly unfolded in her life over the final weeks of summer, the reality starlet is using her platform to speak out. She recently lost her role on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after using derogatory language toward another cast member, Spice, specifically calling the Jamaican artist a "monkey." When viewers witnessed the moment on TV, backlash quickly came flying in for both Mena and MTV, who have since parted ways.

Social media users spent much time debating whether there was racist intent behind the New Yorker's word choice or not. Some noted that it's not uncommon for two Caribbean women to speak to each other in such a manner, but others feel that it's not cool for Mena to use a word with such negative connotations when raising Black children of her own. Many of these conversations are likely to come up on tonight's (September 26) roundtable racism episode of L&HH.

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Erica Mena Won't Appear on L&HH ATL's Racism Special

A recent tweet from the show's official account confirmed that the episode will air at 9 PM, following the season finale of L&HH: ATL. "The roundtable discussed the recent events that aired on the show before MTV decided to stop filming with Erica Mena," they explained. "International colourism expert Dr. Sarah L. Webb, founder and owner of Colourism Healing" will appear with Spice, Yandy, Joc, Scrappy, Sierra, Amy, and Rasheeda to discuss the incident.

While it's nice to see at least some action taken, many fans feel as though the conversation doesn't have much point if Mena isn't in attendance. Interestingly, she's been using her own platform to put MTV producers on blast for not firing her immediately after her Spice diss, if they found it so troubling.

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Reality Star Puts Producers on Blast

"Working on @loveandhiphop August 25th, 2023," Erica Mena wrote on her IG Story earlier this afternoon. "Three days after, August 29th, they aired that episode proudly. I was even being asked to shoot a scene that Monday (August 28th)." Do you think the actress should've been fired much earlier on in the Spice debacle, or does she deserve her spot on L&HH: ATL back? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and check back later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.