“Shahs of Sunset“ is well underway into the third season, and the drama is already heating up! Los Angeles’s most famous Persians are obvi not afraid to speak their mind, and we were lucky enough to catch up with Reza Farahan himself. He shared solid advice on coming out and dealing with all sorts of discrimination.
Reza is no doubt THE KING of one-liners and has the most fashionable mustache. Oh, and did we mention that he is the first openly gay Iranian television personality? The show may have a lot of glitz and glam and diamond water (LOLOLOLOL), but we have to give a lot of props to Reza for owning his story and letting the world watch every step of the way.
As Reza entered the MTV studios, he was exactly what we thought he would be like, except for the fact that he was dressed casually. He still looked awesome, though, with that mirrored “REZA” trucker cap. The Reza you see on TV is exactly who he is in real life. We had the opportunity to ask him whatever we wanted — even about experiencing discrimination and his views on how his show portrays Iranians. No question was off limits!
“I fit into a lot of minorities, so it’s not just gay discrimination. I’m Middle Eastern. I’m half-Muslim and half-Jewish, so there’s discrimination all the way around,” says Reza. Hear what he says about how he handles the hate.
Reza feels like “Shahs of Sunet” has made Iranians look better. “I love stereotyping gold, marble, Mercedes, LA, entitled. A lot more than being associated with terrorism or fundamentalism or any of that nonsense,” explains Reza.
Coming out is never easy and it can be isolating. Reza has been there. He shares advice on coming out in the video below. “Even if your relatives now don’t support you or your friends don’t support you, you will find your own community. You will find people who will love and support you and allow you to be the person you are,” he says.
Gotta love the Rez and his sage advice, right? For more of his amazing tidbits tune in to “Shahs of Sunset” every Tuesday at 10/9c.
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