If you haven’t heard by now, A&E’s
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was suspended from his show after throwing down some particularly crass, illogical “logic” about homosexuality (and bestiality).
Immediately following the news of his suspension,
I wrote that A&E made the wrong decision, especially given how no one should be surprised that a deeply conservative Christian man who lives in a swamp has an unflattering view of consenting adults who engage in homosexual activity.
In fact, no one should really ever be surprised when a reality TV star says something offensive or outrageous. Don’t believe us? Check out these other instances below (Robertson and
, since… enough already.) Paula Deen excluded
In putting together these six examples, what have we learned? Reality TV stars aren’t the brightest people on the planet. And they have a penchant for saying spectacularly insensitive things about other people. Huh. Go figure.
Oh, also: Most reality stars don’t get punished for saying brutally offensive things. Why? Likely because everyone knows what they’re getting into when they invest time in a reality show.
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Don't ask me what fresh hell this is, but during my research I stumbled upon a Bravo show called
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in which a bunch of catty ex-models and socialites sit around and snicker at each other ( compelling!). In this current season, one cast-member (are they called that?) Brandi Glanville became known as slightly "racist" for remarks said to another cast-member.
When Joyce Giraud told the "gang" she can't swim, Glanville responded, "You're a black person." DUN DUN DUN. Clever editing showed all the cast mates aghast, asking, "Did you really just say that?"
Glanville later defended herself: "It was a joke. And my black friends would have laughed crazy because they don’t go in the pool because they will get their weave fucked up." She also said: "All my black friends can’t swim, is that bad?"
Since the show seems to really be just about watching a bunch of women you hate, Bravo obviously never punished her.
Dear lord. Watch below, via Bravo:
we reported back in July, MasterChef's most-hated contestant Krissi Biasiello got into some hot water after posting a series of terribly unfunny tweets involving black people.
“[W]hy do the [Philadelphia] 76ers keep coming up in my who to follow,” she asked in the first tweet. “i HATE basketball. NBA = Niggers Bouncing Around."
In another tweet, she insinuated that sex with a black man is typically non-consensual. "Better make sure you’re on top when sleeping with a black guy," she wrote. "Otherwise it’s probably rape.”
She was never punished other than the online ridicule she faced; and the fact that she lost on the show.
Big Brother 15
So you mean to tell me there's a "reality" TV show where producers lock a bunch of sexed-up mid-20-somethings in a house so that viewers can gape at them acting like drunken, steroidal fratboys and and unnecessarily competitive sorority girls?
Contestant Aaryn Gries is a Texan belle with blonde hair and blue eyes (oddly enough, her name is an anagram of "Aryan"). She's also apparently never been around minorities before, because she casually drops offensive remarks that would never pass muster in most environments.
Apparently it was a regular thing for Gries to drop some racial remark, but according to Internet™, her best-known remarks are as follows: Referring to a housemate as a "queer" while putting him down; telling an Asian castmate to "shut up and go make some rice"; and taunting her black castmates as being difficult to see in the dark.
Was she punished by CBS? Nah. But she did lose the competition; and her modeling agency dropped her over the remarks, to which she said: "[They] weren't that great of an agency anyway." She's just the best.
Survivor: One World
Survivor contestant Colton Cumbie seems to be an enigma of sorts: He's an Alabama college student with Deep South sensibilities, and yet he's as flamboyant as ever. He was also a "super-villain" on the show who made openly hostile remarks towards black cast-mates.
Apparently he called black cast-member William "Bill" Posley "ghetto trash" and told him to "get a real job," a comment that could be seen as racially loaded given that Cumbie also once snickered on the show, when asked if he knows any black people, "My housekeeper is black."
Cumbie wasn't really punished for his remarks because: a) He was already considered the "villain" of the show; and b) He was apparently voted off the show just minutes afterwards.
Watch The View ladies discuss Cumbie's remarks, because whatever:
Leave it to the steroid-addled "juiceheads" on
Jersey Shore to casually mock a sparring partner's flip-flops as part of said male being a "fucking faggot" and a "fucking queer." Because, you know, it's so much more manly to be a drunken barbarian who punches walls and shouts at women regularly.
Cast member Ronnie Magro fulfilled that quota of "queer"-bashing in an unaired (for obvious reasons) scene in which he berates another bar-goer with anti-gay slurs just seconds before getting into fisticuffs. The whole thing is obviously very manly and gallant.
Was Magro punished when TMZ leaked this footage? Nah. Because everyone knows he's a jackass already.
Watch below, via TMZ/MTV:
Shot of Love
Her reality TV 15-minutes may long be up, but
Tila Tequila rode that wave of crazy back into the spotlight this month by suddenly becoming a Nazi sympathizer(?!?!?!).
Posing in a Nazi uniform, holding a gun, and standing over the Auschwitz concentration camp, Tequila came out as a fan of Hitler and someone who believes history has distorted his accomplishments. She wrote a blog post entitled "Why I Sympathize With Hitler Part I: True History Unveiled," and when the world collectively made fun of her, she lashed out again, calling her critics part of the " Zionist Jewlluminati" conspiracy.
Does she really require punishment? Not really. Ignoring her will suffice.
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