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Kate the Short said on March 8th, 2015 at 9:42 am

Tyler needs MAJOR amounts of punching in the testicles.

Mike was ALL IN for the dancing and makeup, and it made me love him and Rochelle just that little bit more. 😀

I really like Jenni and Jelani up to this point, and I hope they can overcome their argument(s). Blair and Hayley are just getting on my nerves at this point.

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Jack-Pumpkinhead said on March 9th, 2015 at 7:56 am

Thank you for doing this recap, as I couldn’t watch it when it aired & my dvr screwed up the recording.

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chrisrw109 said on March 9th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Blair and Hayley are starting to remind me of Team Cockroach (Lenny & Karyn) from Season One, bad team, bickered all the time, made lots of mistakes, but hung around for awhile. Once they were eliminated Lenny escaped.

I am not trying to start an argument, but honestly the first time ‘hey ladyboys, you’re about to see a ladyMAN’ was said, I laughed. Because they *are* called ‘ladyboys’ and so I’m not sure calling them ladyboys is offensive? Was it a good joke? No but it was sort of funny.

Similarly if they were dressed up in showgirl outfits and had to lug heavy bags, and someone said ‘I guess I’m a real drag queen, now’ would that be offensive? Funny? Or just a bad joke?

Now, I’m not excusing some of the other stupid stuff that has been said, and I guarantee as the race continues Tyler will be the one complaining about the smell in poorer countries. But I’m not sure that specific joke is the issue.

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@chrisrw109: Well, first off there’s a big difference between a man in drag and a trans woman, and I suspect that part of the problem is that Tyler probably didn’t know that either. :) But in general, drag queens are men who identify as male and are playing a role as women, and while I admit I’m not familiar enough with Thai culture to know how the dancers in the challenge identified, that’s exactly why I’d probably keep my mouth shut and listen rather than jump out there with “jokes” about the subject.

It felt very much to me like Tyler was uncomfortable with having to do the challenge and like he was feeling like his gender identity was being challenged, and he tried to deflect it with humor…but all the humor was coming from his insecurities and did a lot more to reveal them than conceal them.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging you for laughing. You can’t always help what makes you laugh. I’m just saying that when I watched it with my roommates, one of whom is a trans woman, it came off more as cringe-worthy than funny.

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chrisrw109 said on March 10th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

@JohnSeavey: I can see that. I honestly don’t know enough about ladyboy culture to know how they see themselves either. I also think you’re generally correct re: Tyler and the general mindset that inspires those comments.

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