On the Coyopa tribe, Nadiya was quick to start making alliances and she immediately warmed up to the only gay man on her tribe, Josh. Like most basic straight girls (something I've experienced countless times since early childhood), Nadiya decided to inform Josh that she was "counting him as a girl." She opened her big mouth again in Tribal Council by saying, "the gay guy - we're already counting him as a girl." This type of ignorance is so elementary. The idea that a gay man who may not exude a forced macho persona is not really a man at all. It's this type of stupidity that makes my eyes ache from rolling too far in the back of my head. Although I realize that her intentions were probably not malicious, that does not mean she shouldn't apologize for stereotyping somebody on national TV and denying a gay MAN's gender identity because he does not live up to societal standards of masculinity.
So like the provoking Twitter fiend that I am, I tweeted at Nadiya expressing that I did not appreciate her homophobic comments, and that I was pleased with her getting voted off the island on the first episode (too harsh?). To that she responded exactly like an unapologetic ignoramus would:
She also tweeted this following our encounter:
Also, she retweeted this moronic tweet that was sent to me by some random troll:
Meanwhile, people actually agreed with me on this issue. Check out the retweets and favorites:
How is it possible that this type of stupidity still exists in the world? Being a gay MAN, I have a right to be offended by this perpetuation of homophobia on television. Her original intensions aside, how does this girl justify her blatant disrespect for another person? She seems to have no remorse or understanding of the weight of what she said on Survivor. Do not put me and my community in a box, Nadiya. Gay men do not exist to tell you that you're pretty and to go shoe shopping with you, okay? The problem with Nadiya's statements is that it inadvertently could have ostracized Josh from the game. The game is often divided between male and female alliances. Nadiya stripped him of his "maleness" very publicly in the game, but he would never really fit in with an "all girls alliance" since he is not, in fact, a female.
And just to pour salt in the open wound, Nadiya's behavior on Twitter only made her appear more ignorant than ever. What can I say? Some people are not open to a productive dialogue. What's lacking here is respect. By being an unfiltered airhead, Nadiya made an ass of herself on national television. She deserves every ounce of criticism she gets for this debacle.
If you're a gay man who is as fed up as I am with this bullshit, please feel free to tweet at Nadiya (@NadiyaaAnd). Also, please comment if you agree or disagree with my feelings about this issue. I want to hear from YOU!
Here's what some other gay MEN feel about Nadiya's nonsense: