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Houston Socialite Caught On Film Berating Parents Over 1-Year-Old’s Birthday Photoshoot Is Basically ‘BBQ Becky’ 2.0

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A popular photo spot along a sidewalk in a wealthy neighborhood of Houston became the scene for yet another person of privilege harassing people of color.

The sidewalk along North Boulevard in Broadacres serves as a location for approximately 50 photo shoots a week, according to Digital Photography Review, and nearby residents have tried to ban photographic activity to no effect.

Resentment reached a boiling point on Saturday when Kelyn and Isaiah Allen set up a photo shoot to commemorate their daughter’s first birthday.

Enter Franci Neely, a well-known socialite, freshly divorced with a $30 million settlement from the owner of the Houston Astros baseball team, who pulled up in her Jaguar convertible and began shouting “You are trampling the grass that WE pay for” at the family.

She approached the family carrying her dog and unleashed it. Aware of the potential danger the dog might pose to the mother’s 11-month-old, Allen asked Neely to leash the dog. She refused, claiming the sidewalk was private property and therefore, she could do as she pleases.

When the family’s photographer tried to diffuse the situation, she was accused of bringing “these people” into “her” neighborhood.

The baby began crying from the tension which escalated into a shouting match.

Neely’s tantrum was caught on camera as she dragged the pink blanket away from the sidewalk and picked up other props.

At one point Neely hits the camera.

Online reaction to Neely’s fury drew comparisons to “BBQ Becky” who called the police on a black family enjoying a barbecue out in public.

The backlash was severe, with many of the social media comments calling out the inherent racism in the heated encounter.

And the internet, in all its fierce wisdom, has bestowed some new nicknames: let’s welcome Flogging Franci and Fotoshoot Franci!

Others pointed out that the incident wasn’t racially motivated, but her uncontrollable fury was no less forgivable. 

But others argued that a non-racist person would not go to such extremes.

After much derision aimed towards Neely from the viral video, she stated an apology, on Houston Press. She didn’t seem forgiving, however.

“I am very sorry that I got upset on late Saturday afternoon. Putting it in context, however: I saw three commercial photography shoots in one block at the same time, something that happens frequently.”

“When I explained the situation to the first and third groups, they were respectful. The couple whose photo shoot obstructed the walkway was not.”

“It’s hard to remain composed when confronted by shouted threats of lawsuits and false, inflammatory accusations.”

While there were other photographers on the scene “trampling the lawn,” Neely bypassed them and headed straight towards the Allens to unleash her dog and her toxicity.

Police confirmed that the Allen family did not break the law. The family filed a report and will be seeking legal counsel.

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1