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Thursday, December 07, 2006

RW Denver Episode #4: When drunk, Davis goes off the deep end and the roommates get into a group confrontation

The cast begins the episode by going out. Tyrie (Denver) mentions that he has an alter ego in which he doesn't want to come out. Foreshadowing, anyone?

Davis (Denver) drinks a lot in a very short amount of time and decides to go home because he's not having a very good time. While leaving, Stephen (Denver) is called the n-word by a bouncer. For some reason, probably because he's drunk, Stephen mentions that he's pissed off at Davis for leaving.

Stephen explains to Tyrie why it's unfair for Davis to leave. Tyrie yells at Davis to get out of the tub. And then while Davis tries to walk away, Tyrie begins to get even angrier at Davis. The two begin to start shoving each other, all the while the girls are watching in the tub. Tyrie gets really angry and starts insulting Davis. Brooke (Denver) and Colie try to break up the fight between them, while Davis tells Tyrie to hit him so he can be sent home.

The two finally break it apart. Davis goes back and taunts Tyrie. Stephen then comes in and explains why he was angry at Davis. All the while, tensions between Tyrie and Davis are still at it. Colie then mentions that Davis is the one who keeps getting into the roommate's faces. Davis then confronts Tyrie crying while one of the producers intervenes between the two. Davis then says he can't live in the house anymore and gets on the phone he yells to the house that he's going home because of Tyrie, who he then calls the n-word.

Davis leaves the house to stay in a hotel for a night. Brooke asks Tyrie how he's feeling. She too agrees that Davis is in the wrong. Tyrie says he's over it, but he won't be able to forget it. Davis returns home to the open arms of Jenn (Denver). The house has a meeting and Davis personally apologizes to Tyrie. Davis announces to the house that he's leaving, blaming his alcohol problem.

Jenn immediately starts to cry. Tyrie doesn't care and looks like he's bored. Stephen attempts to convince him to stay. Then, Tyrie steps in and tells him that they would be able to work things out if he did stay, although he wouldn't care about him leaving. stephen attempts to befriend Davis to teach him about race issues. Tyrie apologizes to him and wants him to stay, which Davis says that he already made the decision to.

Next Week: Tyrie is juggling two women and he defends Davis when someone confronts him in a club.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The whole situation last nite was typical when fun is equated with alcohol consumption. Tyrie's actions were supremely disrespectful and unfortunately were matched by Davis's inane retaliatory use of the "n" word. Davis was right initially to walk away but Tyrie wouldn't leave well enough alone only then to be matched by Davis, who couldn't leave well enough alone. There are no real issues here as MTV tries to point out of racism and homophobia, this is just our culture's further glorification of alcohol consumption as a manner of having a good time.

S said...

Here's a question...what would have happened if tyrie had called davis a cracker or honkey...hmmm...also notice how those words don't get bleeped out.

Jeffrey Marx said...

Why shouold they get bleeped out? I think its important for everyone to hear everything on this season. Great season so far! Best since New Orleans I think!

I will be keeping a blog of this season because I am loving it so much!

Yay!

Anonymous said...

This season is beyond awful.

Anonymous said...

Which black person that has been on the real world HASNT had some sort of ugly attitude?? They always scream racism, get over it already. That dude last night was calling Davis NSync wannabe among other things, that's a racist comment to me.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:48:
You obviously have your own racist tendencies to sort out, your comment is obviously stupid and without common sense.

Anonymous said...

I love it. When a white person criticizes a black person its racism. When its the other way around its alright. Goes to show you how some people will never pick themselves up and out of the gutter.

Anonymous said...

^^^
What does this have to do with "picking yourself out of the gutter"? The guy was calling your comment racist for a reason. It would be like me saying "why are all of the white girls on the real world slutty or emotionally unstable?" You see where im coming from? Bottom line is, he used the N-word, a word that was used to dehumanize an entire race of people for the past 400 years. Why do white people always bring up "cracker" or "honkey"? Cracker refers to the nickname that was given to the actual whip cracker during slavery.Therefore it is a name that is used to refer to racist people. "Honkey" is derived from the tern Honky which came from Texas and was created by whites. Honky Tonk Music anyone?

Anonymous said...

The N word? Isnt that what black people call each other and add in every other word in their rap songs? Can you imagine if hispanic people would be calling each other "wetback"?? HAHAHA I cant. What's up my wetback? The KKK has really done it this time, they managed to get the very people they degraded into calling each other that. Genius!

Anonymous said...

I watched this episode twice...I just wanted to get it right before I write about it. From what I clearly see..Tyrie came after Davis without even knowing what happened at the club! He "ASSUMED" Davis did something. Davis did absolutely nothing but go home to talk to his boyfriend. Who is Tyrie to say anything? It was none of his business..PERIOD. If he stayed out of it and didn't continue to harass Davis from the hottub none of this would have happened. I noticed, too that when Tyrie continuously called Davis names, it was alright. Once Davis got pissed and call him that..the world ended. I don't get it..Why in the world is it ok for black people to call each other that word, but if someone else does it..its racism? Every single ridiculous rap song in the world uses that word. If you don't want the world to be racist..I think that you should stop demeaning yourselves in your ridiculous rap songs for starters..

Anonymous said...

LMAO @ White people being upset that they can't call black people the N-Word anymore without it being offensive....Oh darn...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 8AM- Thanks for your education in the words Honky and Cracker. Not all Texans are born and raised in "Honky Tonks". I find this VERY degrading myself. You need to watch what you say too.
Signed, a 40 year old native Texan.
(As I put on my headphones to listen to a bit of "honky" music which I believe would be country??)

Stroll said...

I would like to add that Davis didn't seem to do anything wrong by leaving the roommates. It could have been much simpler, if the group would have said, "Leaving without telling us isn't cool," for example. HOWEVER, Davis's use of the N word is just plain wrong. EVERYONE, white people included, know how explosive that word is and how hurtful, mean, and emotional it is when a white person says it. Even people who say they don't understand the "double standard" for the words use DO in fact understand it. White people -- we can't say that word, and with good reason! Just don't do it.

That said, it is HUGE of Tyrie and Stephen to quickly forgive him for saying it. While Tyrie seems aggressive and Stephen is not cool with the gayness, they showed true character by forgiving him and letting it be in the past. It's stunning, really, to see black people forgive a person for using that word -- whatever the circumstances or anger involved. So, good for them. Davis should know that other people in other settings won't be so forgiving. And he'll forever be known as someone who used that word in anger. That's all from me!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe that Davis said the N word and that MTV didn't bleep it out. What the hell. White people just don't let the N word slip he sounded like he felt very comfortable saying it (just like Kramer) This episode goes to show how race relations are in the US. In the beginning of the season he was all like I'm gave and people treat me bad and the first argument he gets in he drops the N bomb. He should pick up the book Understanding Prejudice by Plous and learn some new things. He would definately be defined as a ambivalent racist. Its also crazy how the other roommates want them to just look the other way for the comment but if Tyree would have called him a faggot or brokeback mountain they would have kicked him out stating that Davis didn't feel safe. Also to the person that said that Black people call each other that word is generalizing and stereotying because not all people of color use that word toward each other as a lot find it offensive as I do. I was not in the house and I feel insulted by the comment and have labeled Davis as a racist. He would probably say I"m not racist I have 2 Black friends" whatever he is the worst kind of racist the one you would never suspect. Now I have seen it all a homosexual racist. Funny that someone who is discriminated against himself find the nerve to do the same to someone else

Anonymous said...

The history of the word nigger is often traced to the Latin word niger, meaning black. This word became the noun negro (black person) in English, and simply the color black in Spanish and Portuguese. In Early Modern French niger became negre and, later, negress (black woman) was unmistakably a part of lexical history. One can compare to negre the derogatory nigger and earlier English substitutes such as negar, neegar, neger, and niggor that developed into its lexico-semantic true version in English. It is probable that nigger is a phonetic spelling of the white Southern mispronunciation of Negro.

No matter what its origins, by the early 1800s it was firmly established as a degenerative nickname. In the 21st century, it remains a principal symbol of white racism regardless of who is using it. Social scientists refer to words like nigger, kike, spic, and wetback come from three categories: disparaging nicknames (chink, dago, nigger, etc); explicit group devaluations ("Jew him down," or "niggering the land"); and irrelevant ethnic names used as a mild disparagement ("jewbird" for cuckoos having prominent beaks or "Irish confetti" for bricks thrown in a fight). Racial slurs (over time) have victimized all racial and ethnic groups; but, no American group goes through as many racial nicknames as Blacks: coon, tom, savage, picanniny, mammy, buck, sambo, jigaboo, buckwheat are some. Many of these slurs became fully traditional pseudo-scientific, literary, cinematic, and everyday distortions of African Americans. These caricatures, whether spoken, written, or reproduced in media, and material objects, reflect the extent, the vast network, of anti-black prejudice.

The word nigger carries with it much of the hatred and disgust directed toward Black Africans and African Americans. Historically, nigger defined, limited, made fun of, and ridiculed all Blacks. It was a term of exclusion, a verbal reason for discrimination. Whether used as a noun, verb, or adjective, it strengtened the stereotype of the lazy, stupid, dirty, worthless nobody. No other American surname carries as much purposeful cruelty.