“The Real World” is back for it’s 28th season, and this time, we see seven (or is it eight?) strangers hit Portland, Oregon for a what looks to be the most explosive season of the show in years. But between drunken fights and make-out nights, a lot of important convos are had.
So far, Southerners Jordan and Jessica seem to butt heads the most. They’ve had heated debates over everything from smoking to sexuality. Can they just make out already?!
Football player and ladies’ man Marlon dropped a bomb on roommates when he admit to a past sexual encounter with a guy. Only it wasn’t a bomb at all, ’cause he mentioned it so comfortably and casually — in a way I hope all people can someday talk about their sexuality.
Marlon’s confession sparked a common debate: Does a man’s one-time sexual encounter with another man make him gay? “Marlon is just so masculine and he’s such a guy…but if you act feminine and you sleep with men, yeah, that makes you bi,” says Jordan. Um. Soooomebody needs a trip to West Hollywood, where I experience the daily letdown of hitting on hot, totally masculine men…riiiight before their boyfriends walk up.
Just as we do in conversations about race, it’s important to use the right language and avoid stereotypes when discussing others’ sexual identity. Jordan shares a common but misinformed view that all gay men are effeminate. I don’t know about y’all, but when Marlon confessed, all I could think was, “Shoot! Now I have double the competition!”
Jordan and Jess also went at it when the house hookah sparked a debate over whether hookahs are as bad for people as cigarettes. Don’t let the flavors fool ya! Although hookah smoke may taste like skittles, it’s just as addictive, and poses just as many health risks as cigarettes. According to the Center For Disease Control, “A typical 1-hour-long hookah smoking session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.” WOW. Just call it strawberry cancer!
Whose side are you on? Take the poll at MTV Remote Control, and read up on all things “Real World.” For more drama and debates (and hopefully a J&J makeout sesh), catch a new episode of “Real World Portland” on MTV this Wednesday at 10/9c!
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