Celebrity Big Brother winner and drag queen Courtney Act admitted she had sexual racism in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Australian, whose real name is Shane Jenek, revealed that where she grew up influenced her preference for dating white men due to a lack of social examples where ethnic men were seen as desirable.
Act was born in Brisbane, Australia, and moved to Sydney at 18-years-old.
"It makes sense that I have socialised racisms when it comes to my sexual preference," she wrote in her first of five tweets.
"[w]hich is why I have had to consciously unpack those over the years."
Growing up in Australia I was never provided with examples of people of colour being sexual desirable (let alone qu… https://t.co/eeSrC89ImF— Courtney Act (@Courtney Act)1537960653.0
The former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant referred to her attraction towards white males as being a type of "unconscious preference" but later realized it was an "unconscious bias."
"Now as a white gay of a certain age I realise I grew up in a society that taught me to be racist."
When I was a younger white gay I thought I was just attracted to white men as some sort of unconscious preference,… https://t.co/TOySfT6SD9— Courtney Act (@Courtney Act)1537960653.0
Once she was able to examine her past prejudicial tendencies, Act realized she was attracted to "people irrespective of their skin colour" and was able to look at dating apps in a new light.
The truth is, once examined, I’m attracted to people irrespective of their skin colour, and my dating and sex life… https://t.co/cM9oMXcxh2— Courtney Act (@Courtney Act)1537960653.0
She explained that she relied on her "bodily sense" as an exercise to gauge just how many people she thought were attractive and was surprised with the results.
As an exercise I tried to just pause, look, & see what my bodily sense felt about the image in front of me, surpris… https://t.co/70T7VXonm3— Courtney Act (@Courtney Act)1537960654.0
She ended her thread on an encouraging note. "If you think being deliberate is somehow racist, we are bombarded with images of white beauty our whole lives, I think making a deliberate effort to breakthrough that noise is just due diligence."
If you think being deliberate is somehow racist, we are bombarded with images of white beauty our whole lives, I th… https://t.co/iQHxUxnt06— Courtney Act (@Courtney Act)1537960654.0
She also included a link to a video of LGBT+ activist Alexander Leon talking about sexual racism, who describes preference as a "learned value or belief cultivated over a lifetime" influenced by the community they came from. It's an intellectual discussion without being didactic worth checking out.
@courtneyact Thank you for doing the important (and uncomfortable) thing and admitting that we ALL have internalise… https://t.co/LOOnpm3yDD— Alexander Leon (@Alexander Leon)1537962925.0
People shared their thoughts on the subject, with some admitting to their predilection for sexual racism.
@meatyuk @courtneyact We are all bombarded with a white ideal through society, media, movies etc.... there’s an inn… https://t.co/07FLAXnGpT— T H E O F O R D ™ (@T H E O F O R D ™)1537988973.0
But Coco Iman also pointed out that there are those who play dumb after being called out.
@THE_THEO_FORD @meatyuk @courtneyact Some are aware they just choose not to acknowledge it and when it’s bought to… https://t.co/QSndjeoHbh— Coco Iman (@Coco Iman)1537991309.0
@hausofiman @meatyuk @courtneyact Oh my god yes!! Most ppl with racist attitudes/comments/actions/ideas HATE to be… https://t.co/HPLKk7mS8j— T H E O F O R D ™ (@T H E O F O R D ™)1537992492.0
Being white and lacking experience in the discussion, this person felt like it wasn't his conversation to have. But he remains true to himself by being honest and respecting others.
@THE_THEO_FORD @hausofiman @courtneyact I’m fortunate I haven’t had these experiences or encounter people on that l… https://t.co/3MUL3q5TUp— MeatyUK (@MeatyUK)1537992905.0
But instead of taking a passive approach, Coco encouraged him to speak out when the opportunity presents itself.
@meatyuk @THE_THEO_FORD @courtneyact All POC people ask is for you to stand up with us when you see it. I know a lo… https://t.co/8nnEyJawgS— Coco Iman (@Coco Iman)1537993911.0
Others came forward, further acknowledging the issue.
@courtneyact Further to this, white people are not “victims” of this mentality. We’re perpetrators who got the wake… https://t.co/H2jfsafCr0— bogan homo (@bogan homo)1538033615.0
@courtneyact This. Hoooooly crap!!!! This blows my mind. Australia has a really bad reputation of being a "racist"… https://t.co/lX91u0bVrq— a what now? (@a what now?)1538000468.0
Many admired Act for bringing the topic to the forefront.
@courtneyact This is a very honest topic that I've never seen any other white queens talk about and I'm extremely h… https://t.co/qbkNNzT1sQ— Bella the ˢᵏᶦⁿⁿʸ ˡᵉᵍᵉⁿᵈ 💕 (@Bella the ˢᵏᶦⁿⁿʸ ˡᵉᵍᵉⁿᵈ 💕)1537960991.0
@courtneyact Courtney you are like a bible of modern contemporary issues ❤🙏— Adam-Marc Kelly (@Adam-Marc Kelly)1537987409.0
@courtneyact Very brave to talk about internalised racism! Something we should all be constantly checking and being critical of— Lizz Kuiper (@Lizz Kuiper)1537962395.0
Grindr is doing their part in tackling the issues of sexual racism, transphobia, and fat-shaming with a new initiative called, "Kindr."
The hookup app aims to enforce stricter community guidelines and raise awareness through a series of videos, according to Qnews.