A cast member of the current season of MTV’s reality competition series "The Challenge" has been fired from the show following comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement and the killing of George Floyd.
According to Jezebel, the comments were made after Nguyen was criticized by an Instagram commenter for participating in the "Black Out Tuesday" trend. "Wake up! People are dying," read the comment, to which Nguyen replied: "People die every f--ing day."
In a tweet that has now been deleted, Dee Nguyen followed up on the complaint by tweeting "Idk why some of u think I’m anti BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity." US Weekly also reported that Nguyen had commented on a story about the death of George Floyd by writing "people die every f–king day."
"As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions have severed ties with her.," MTV and Bunim/Murray said in a joint statement. " Out of respect for the competition and other Challengers, MTV will air the season as planned. Dee Nguyen will not appear in the reunion to be filmed at a later date. MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice."
In a move that has become the standard approach for problems such as this, Nguyen issued an apology Tuesday on Instagram. “The last 24hrs have made me realised what is important and that is forgiveness," she wrote. "I would like to offer my sincerest apology to my colleagues to whom I have hurt directly and indirectly due to my insensitive remarks. Let me be clear I am a POC that cares about BLM. I believe in this movement and I’m stepping away from social media to focus on my wellbeing and mental health. This is not a goodbye, it’s a I will see you again."