Momma’s Boys cast member’s racism prompts her to seek police protection

A woman appearing on NBC’s upcoming Momma’s Boys, a series that lets mothers pick romantic partners for their sons, contacted police in her hometown, as did a producer for the show, because they’re fearful about the response to her racist comments on the show.

On the Dec. 16 season premiere, Washington Township, Mich., resident Khalood Bojanowski describes what she wants in a partner for her son like this: “I cannot have a black one; I can’t have an Asian one; I can’t have a fat-butt girl. …. Nooo! No Jewish girl! No way, no way! I cannot stand them! I’m sorry, but I can’t handle them. It has to be a white girl.”

When her son makes out with a black woman, she says, “I’m going to kill him, that’s what I’m going to do! I’m going to strangle his balls! I swear, I’m ready to kill somebody!” In her NBC bio, Khalood, who emigrated from Iraq, says, “I am very opinionated and will tell it like it is whether you want to hear it or not. However, I truly do have a good heart and am a very generous person.”

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office captain Tony Wickersham told the New York Post that he “actually got a call from the producer of the show who was concerned” and Bojanowski “told our people … that she was going to be on a reality show and that she may have made some statements or something.”

The paper reports that recently, “her house was broken into and her beloved German shepherd suddenly died. She believes the dog was poisoned,” but police “[do] not believe the death of Bojanowski’s dog and the burglary have anything to do with the TV show.”

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