Jenna’s Racial Comments in Episode 1

If you knew anything about the Real World cast prior to the airing of the first episode, you know that Jenna has some controversial points of view. While we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, we’re starting to get an idea of what to expect from her.

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On the first episode, Jenna made a few racially-charged comments. The most tame, though in no way acceptable, pertained to her shopping in a “black” store. This garnered some eye rolls from the cast and likely would have been swept under the rug had it not been for her prior comments.

During an earlier interaction with Ceejai and Dean, Jenna stated she liked them, as they are not like typical colored people. Where she’s from, most minorities are not as open and educated as them. She further stated that if minorities don’t want to be treated like minorities, they shouldn’t act like minorities.

Both Ceejai and Dean should be recognized for their maturity during the interactions. Ceejai stated she didn’t want to divide the house by arguing with Jenna, but she does want to be able to stand up for herself. Dean has brushed off the comments. While he recognized how ignorant her comments were, he also acknowledge that she grew up in an area where these beliefs were instilled in her. Both Ceejai and Dean continued to include Jenna in their interactions despite her comments.

The fact of the matter, Jenna’s views are still very prominent in the US. While many viewers are offended by Jenna’s comments, and they should be, it’s important to remember Jenna was cast because of her views. Clearly production wants to bring some controversy to the show, especially with current social justice issues in the country, and Jenna is their vessel for this controversy.

It will be interesting to see how these views impact the season. Either Jenna will grow and learn to change how she speaks about individuals from different backgrounds. Or, she will continue to make these comments and divide the house.

What is your take on the situation, and how do you think it will impact the show?

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