On June 8, 2020, television channel MTV cut ties with Dee Nguyen, who was The Challenge contestant. The network announced its decision, in the wake of Dee Nguyen’s tweet on Black Lives Matter. The tweet received a lot of backlash as it was derogatory and insensitive towards the Black Lives Matter movement. Dee Nguyen’s tweet has been deleted since then.
The Challenge contestant Dee Nguyen, came under fire when she posted a derogatory tweet on June 6, 2020. In the tweet, Dee said, she couldn’t understand why some people think she is against Black Lives Matter Movement. She said she has been claiming Black Lives Matter since she lost her virginity.
Her co-contestant fromThe Challenge, Bayleigh Dayton was quick to share the screenshots of the comment. He even called Dee out for her problematic statement. In his tweet, Bayleigh also shared a screenshot of a comment made by a fan to Dee on Instagram. The comment asked her “Read the room" and to "wake up" referencing the unrest in America. Furthermore, the screenshot shared included a response from Dee, which Bayleigh thoroughly criticised. In response to the fan's comment, Dee wrote that people die every day, this gave an impression, that she was downplaying what had happened with George Floyd, hence, infuriating her fans further.
THIS IS NOT HOW YOU SUPPORT BLM. I’m disgusted and disappointed. THIS IS NOT A TREND. THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR US. Posting for clout about the death of black people? Shame on you @deenguyenMTV pic.twitter.com/pAw4KQKy30— Bayleigh Dayton (@BayleighDaily) June 7, 2020
While Dee Nguyen’s tweet received a lot of backlash from netizens and her fellow cast-mate, MTV quickly took the decision of firing Dee and sent out a tweet on June 9, 2020. In the tweet, MTV mentioned that the channel had decided to cut ties with Dee due to her insensitive comments. The channel also mentioned that out of respect for other participants, they had decided to air the current season, which also features Dee. The network made its stand very clear by stating that, they strongly condemned systemic racism and stand with people fighting for justice. Furthermore, MTV sent out a second tweet claiming that they stand united against racism.
As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her. Out of respect for our Challengers, we'll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.— challengemtv (@ChallengeMTV) June 9, 2020
We stand united against racism and urge you to join us in taking action to end racism, discrimination, and systemic violence.— challengemtv (@ChallengeMTV) June 9, 2020
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At first Dee replied to her cast-mate Bayleigh’s tweet by, unapologetically asking him to leave her. But in the wake of MTV’s decision, Dee posted another tweet saying. She apologised for the insensitive post earlier, she added that she was being defensive. Dee also implied that there wasn’t any malice in her heart, as she wasn’t speaking from her heart. She went onto repeat the apology to Bayleigh Dayton as well claiming that she respected Bayleigh and her other castmates.
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