‘The Challenge’ Star Simone Kelly Calls MTV out for ‘Giving Racist People a Platform’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Are You the One? Season 1 star Simone Kelly competed on The Challenge with non-perfect match John Jacobs and the 2 went residence within the third episode. After getting despatched residence in Rivals III resulting from her associate’s “emergency,” Simone returned for Dirty 30, looking for her first win. However, she was disqualified within the second episode after a bodily altercation with Shane Raines. The AYTO star opened up about her expertise on the present and known as MTV out for “giving racists a platform.”

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Simone Kelly detailed the combat between her and Shane Raines

According to the Atlanta-native, she requested Shane, who studied cosmetology on the time, to moisturize her scalp. He refused, so she instructed him to not ask her for something as a result of she cooked and cleaned for everybody.

Later that day, Shane requested Simone to make him pancakes, and she or he declined as a result of he didn’t assist her together with her hair. The AYTO star claims the Louisana-native drank a complete bottle of champagne and took photographs all through the day, changing into extraordinarily drunk.

That night, she and Shane, together with a couple of different castmates, spoke about how black ladies had been portrayed on MTV. The “drunk and belligerent” two-time competitor, disagreed together with her and commenced yelling and calling her a b***h. The Atlanta-native stated she argued again with Shane, and he obtained into her face.

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Simone says he hit her twice, grabbing her braids on the second hit when she pushed his head out of her face, inflicting her to scratch him. Then, Devin Walker put Shane in a chokehold, and the two-time competitor bit him, drawing blood.

The manufacturing crew additionally ran in and broke the combat up, however Simone claims he continued to come back after her. Therefore, she broke a champagne bottle, which is why the producers instructed her they had been eliminating her as nicely.

‘The Challenge’ edited the combat unfairly

Simone didn’t agree together with her disqualification as a result of Shane has a documented historical past with alcohol abuse in addition to bodily altercations, however she doesn’t.

When the season aired, Simone described herself as “livid” and “hurt” when she noticed how The Challenge edited the combat and reasoning for her disqualification. She didn’t respect how they categorized greasing or moisturizing a black girl’s hair as “a hygiene issue.”

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The AYTO star additionally famous that she bumped into host TJ Lavin at a bar who expressed his disappointment and disagreement together with her elimination. She believes the manufacturing crew edited the combat this fashion as a result of it “fit the narrative of me being a pop-off queen.”

Why Simone Kelly thinks MTV performs ‘a part in systemic oppression’

After explaining the combat, Simone known as MTV out for a way they deal with racial incidents on the present. She identified Camila Nakagawa’s, who received the season, assertion about selecting Brandon Swift to “add color” to their crew in a earlier season.

Additionally, in Battle of the Exes, Camila put chocolate on Emily Schromm’s face to impersonate Ty Ruff. Simone stated the Camilanator additionally known as Nelson Thomas and Leroy Garrett the “n-word” and “monkey” a number of instances offscreen in Dirty 30, the season she received.

The Atlanta-native additionally identified that Camila is now not on the sequence resulting from a combat with a manufacturing assistant, not for her racist feedback. Additionally, Simone famous she emailed the supervisor of communications earlier than the reunion for Dirty 30 as a result of she needed to know if any black media shops could be there as practically a 3rd of their forged was black. However, none confirmed up.

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She continued and admitted she feels MTV “has a narrative of how they showcase black women” so she felt pressured to play into that stereotype to get digital camera time. Simone doesn’t assume MTV themselves are racist, “but they have given racist people a platform.”

Additionally, she doesn’t imagine the community “holds them accountable” thereby changing into “a part of the same systemic oppression.” Simone concluded by explaining she solely acquired $1,200 after her disqualification when another person bodily assaulted her after which needed to watch a woman who made a number of racial slurs win the season.

The present additionally didn’t present black press, giving equal alternative for all of the castmates, particularly after they boasted of getting a various forged. The Challenge airs Wednesdays at eight p.m. EST on MTV.

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