All right, everyone. Let's take a deep breath together, shall we? Breathe in, one, two, three... and out, one, two, three. One more time: In, one, two, three... and out, one, two, three. Good. Do you feel a little better? I hope so, especially after last night's episode of MAFS.
The episode was, as usual, a doozy. There was talk of whether it was okay to have sex during menstruation, Selin pointed out for the first time that her husband Anthony left their honeymoon and that's why they have issues in their marriage, someone said something about sex in the ocean and lubrication - let's move right along - and of course, there was a chat between Selina and Cody, a biracial couple in the experiment, about attraction and race.
After previously being told by Cody that "it’s like my schlong isn’t co-ordinating with my head" when she asked whether he was attracted to her, Selina has been feeling naturally quite upset. Then in last night's episode, Cody placed her second in the photo ranking task, after blonde-haired and blue-eyed Sam.
The dots began connecting for Selina.
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"Is the lack of interest, attraction, and affection due to my nationality and look?” she asked Cody, bluntly.
"Uh, ok, it's uh," Cody replied. "I think it did honestly play at it initially. I’m not racist by any means but it's not something I’m familiar with. It's not... Yeah, to be honest, the short answer is it probably did... I’ve always sort of been open to the idea, it’s just something I’ve never normally gone for. And I don’t know what that’s from... personal preference."
The response from Australia has been swift, damning, and rightfully furious. Some have questioned why it was even aired in the first place, while others are putting the blame squarely on the show's producers. There has been an overall sense of disbelief that someone could say something so stupid and hurtful. Many Asian-Australians watching or reading the headlines today probably cannot help looking back on their own experiences with racism, including me. With movements like "Stop Asian Hate" and "Black Lives Matter" becoming more prominent in recent years, race relations is triggering to a number of people.