Bethenny Frankel sparked outrage after saying in an Instagram post that she planned to swim with dolphins

By Char Adams
April 10, 2017 09:41 AM
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Bethenny Frankel is in hot water.

The 46-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star drew the ire of Instagram users everywhere during a vacation to the Bahamas with her 6-year-old daughter Bryn Hoppy in which she gushed about swimming with dolphins.

“How is everyone? We’re going to swim with the dolphins today! Yay!” the reality star said in a post on her Instagram story. She later uploaded a video of dolphins swimming in the Caribbean’s sparkling blue, saying, “See those dolphins out there?”

While Frankel was all smiles in the footage, social media users didn’t seem too happy. Many took the video’s comment section to criticize the star.

“I love you Bethenny, but you should really educate yourself on the realities of these ‘swim with the dolphins programs,’ ” one commenter wrote. “These are incredible smart animals that do not belong in captivity.”

Another wrote: “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.”

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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 not publicly addressed the controversy.

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