Trisha Cummings of The Real World Sydney is currently being tagged by accusations of being a racist on the basis of her conversation describing a situation in which she could not understand a service person’s attempt at English.
As reported in Sydney Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board contacted MTV as they were concerned about them airing this particular footage on The Real World.
Her recollection of events when she describes this situation has no mention of race or ethnicity and there was no direct footage of the incident, so for what anyone knows it could have been a white Australian with a thick Australian accent.
Only upon some investigation, beyond anything Trisha stated or hinted at on the show, it turns out the service individual is an Asian Australian.
I stated to the The Daily Telegraph my diagnosis of the footage after speaking with Trisha about the situation:
Cummings’ agent Michael Martin has fought back at claims she is a racist today, by telling News Limited her comments were taken out of context in the TV editing process.
“Trisha is distraught by this misconception that she is racist,” Mr Martin said.
“The edited video footage in question merely has her conveying in the second hand a person’s lack of ability to speak English and not disparaging their race or ethnicity.”
This is concerning to me as these excuses to disparage someone as a racist whereby race is never mentioned or truly underlining within the statement but simply to vilify someone for not liking what they said. This devalues the term racist by reducing its meaning to the severity of someone’s true ignorance and prejudice. A similar call of racism was attributed to Michael Savage for stating those on a hunger strike for illegal immigrants to get a reduced price green card in San Francisco to simply starve themselves to death as that would solve the problem. It may not be something people like to hear but again racism did not come into play within the statement.
The only thing Trisha is guilty of is a both a lack of patience & empathy for others but of course that can said of most of us in The Real World.
This is expressly my opinion and not that of Trisha Cummings or MTV as to get either you must contact the MTV PR staff.