Carly And Tresne Should Realise That Gay’s Have Always Been Accepted On Reality TV
When Carly and Tresne from My Kitchen Rules told New Idea that they were a couple not besties and had even “married” it created a media frenzy but did their coming out actually make it a bigger deal then it actually is.
Their rationale for keeping their relationship a secret from the viewer was so they could be judged on their cooking rather than their sexuality. However they also told the magazine “I know it might be a rough couple of months, but we are pretty resilient”.
Maybe they have encountered homophobia, which they did not mention in the article, but as fans of reality TV they should know the genre has been at the forefront of showing diversity on our television screens. Reality TV may have its faults but they have led the way in promoting a broader cross section of our community then dramas and comedies and it has not been just as a token gesture.
Ever since Courtney Act hit our screens on Australian Idol reality TV fans have embraced contestants of all sexuality, ethnicities and size. This can clearly be seen when Benjamin Norris was voted by the public to winBig Brother Australia in 2012. He ended up proposing to his partner at the finale. In the following season Ben Zabel an unemployed gay man from Queensland was the most popular housemate and he was evicted from the show too early in what was a shock elimination. The theory was everyone thought he would be safe because of he was so popular so did not vote to save him.
On Masterchef Australia last year Christina Batista was a lesbian mum and she was hugely popular with the general public so much so she is being used in the advertisements for this year’s series. The viewer found her former struggle with drug addiction more compelling then who she happened to be sharing a bed with.
The same goes for 2012 contestant Mindy Woods who came fifth in the cooking show and Cleo Kerameas in 2011 just to name a few.
Jake Harrison who was runner-up with his sister on last year’s My Kitchen Rules was censured more for his kooky hair style and his zippy wit rather then this sexuality.
And don’t forget it was the viewers who forced CBS in the America last year to show the homophobic and racist remarks on their version of Big Brother. The network was censured online and in the mainstream media about derogatory remarks heard on the 24 live feed but had been edited out of the television show. In the end the outcry was so great, including a petition started up requesting Aaryn Gries be kicked off the program, that Big Brother had to screen a montage of her worse comments. When she was eventually evicted she found out she was also sacked from her job.
That is not to say gay contestants are always shown in a positive light. Tully Smyth and out and proud lesbian who was the 2013 villain. Her villain status occurred because she was cheating on her live in girlfriend with another housemate Drew who happened to be a guy. Also Peter aka “Dr Evil” on My Kitchen Rules who was a memorable reality TV contestant and sure he created a lot of chatter but very little was about the fact about him being in a long term gay relationship.
Carly and Tresne must have known that by going on the most popular on television that at some stage their relationship would be revealed. This outing of themselves at this stage of the series has made it into a bigger thing then it actually is and intimates that being gay is something that should be hidden. Sure homophobia does still exist in our society but reality TV has shown that it is one arena where everyone is on a level playing field.