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Geordie Shore star Dee Nguyen apologises after mocking disabled man on TikTok

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Former Geordie Shore star Dee Nguyen has issued a grovelling apology after mocking a man with a disability in a TikTok video.

The 28-year-old, who was fired from MTV’s The Challenge in 2020 after making offensive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement, was criticised last month for sharing a clip of herself ‘casually swiping through’ the dating app Hinge.

In the footage, Nguyen was scrolling through the app when she saw that someone had asked her to ‘go dancing’, before showing her followers it was a man in a wheelchair and smirking at the camera.

Saying sorry: Former Geordie Shore star Dee Nguyen (pictured) has issued a grovelling apology after mocking a man with a disability in a TikTok video

The man in question, quadriplegic artist and podcaster Kyle Montgomery, later reposted the video on his own Instagram account to draw attention to Nguyen’s ‘harmful, casual ableism’.

Ableism refers to discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.

After his post went viral, Nguyen returned to TikTok to make a public apology.

‘A few weeks ago I made that stupid TikTok video… when I came across Kyle’s profile, he responded to one of my prompts saying that he wanted to go dance with me,’ she said.

‘I scroll down, I saw that he was in a wheelchair – there’s nothing wrong with that, by the way – I scroll down and I listen to one of his voice prompts that said, “If you’re not a fan of f**ked-up, dark humour, then we probably wont get along.”‘

Video: Nguyen said she was 'casually swiping through Hinge' when Kyle Montgomery asked her to 'go dancing together'

Smirk: She then filmed her reaction to him being disabled

Video: Nguyen said she was ‘casually swiping through Hinge’ when Kyle Montgomery asked her to ‘go dancing together’. She then filmed her reaction to him being disabled 

She continued: ‘Obviously, I thought that it was punny [a funny pun] and I didn’t mean to post that video in a way that was mocking him.

‘So when he reached out saying he was thoroughly upset, I personally DM’d him and said I was sorry.’

Nguyen then shared a screenshot of a message she had sent Montgomery in which she clarified she wasn’t being ‘malicious’ before ‘deeply apologising’ for offending him.

‘I didn’t realise the impact of my video, and the extent of hurt that Kyle felt and I was genuinely remorseful for it,’ she added.

‘I don’t like hurting people and it wasn’t my intention.’

She said Montgomery had responded by saying he was ‘extremely frustrated’ by her lack of self-awareness, and had only heard about the video after somebody sent it to him.

Response: Nguyen shared a screenshot of a message she had sent Montgomery in which she clarified she wasn't being 'malicious' before 'deeply apologising' for offending him

Response: Nguyen shared a screenshot of a message she had sent Montgomery in which she clarified she wasn’t being ‘malicious’ before ‘deeply apologising’ for offending him

Nguyen continued: ‘Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart I am sorry, Kyle. I’m sorry to the whole disabled community for any hurt or upset that you’ve felt by my video.

‘I’m still learning as a human – obviously I have a lot of learning to do. 

‘I hope that you can forgive me, and I hope that we can meet up for coffee or have a Zoom chat so I can be more understanding and learn more about you and your struggles and what the community goes through.’ 

It comes after MTV confirmed Nguyen had been axed from The Challenge in June 2020 after she made ‘offensive comments’ about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nguyen had said in a now-deleted tweet: ‘IDK [I don’t know] why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.’

She had also been criticised for posting pictures of herself on social media despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday.

Gone: It comes after MTV confirmed Nguyen had been axed from The Challenge in June 2020 after she made 'offensive comments' about the Black Lives Matter movement

Gone: It comes after MTV confirmed Nguyen had been axed from The Challenge in June 2020 after she made ‘offensive comments’ about the Black Lives Matter movement

That reaction sparked an argument with her black castmates Bayleigh Dayton and Swaggy C, who accused Nguyen of posting about the movement ‘for clout’.

Dayton said she was ‘disgusted and disappointed’.

MTV said in a statement on Twitter: ‘As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her.’

Nguyen later apologised, writing: ‘I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse.

‘I also want to extend an apology to Bayleigh and Swaggy, who are my cast mates and deserve my respect and compassion.’

Post: Nguyen had said in a now-deleted tweet: 'IDK why some of you think I'm anti-BLM. I've been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.' She had also been criticised for posting pictures of herself on social media despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday

Post: Nguyen had said in a now-deleted tweet: ‘IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.’ She had also been criticised for posting pictures of herself on social media despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday

She had earlier suggested she was a victim of ‘cancel culture’.

Nguyen, an Australian who found fame on the British reality show Geordie Shore, also said ‘people die every f**king day’.

Her comments came in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer and after an Instagram user wrote to her: ‘All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting your lame a** thirst traps.

‘People are dying.’

Nguyen replied: ‘People die every f**king day. You don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f**k up and get off social media.’

Comments: Nguyen, who found fame on the British show Geordie Shore, also said 'people die every f**king day'. Her comments came in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer and after an Instagram user wrote to her: 'All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting your lame a** thirst traps. People are dying'

Comments: Nguyen, who found fame on the British show Geordie Shore, also said ‘people die every f**king day’. Her comments came in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer and after an Instagram user wrote to her: ‘All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting your lame a** thirst traps. People are dying’

The statement from MTV announcing her exit from the show continued: ‘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.’

Nguyen later tweeted: ‘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 [person of colour] 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.’

Making amends: Nguyen later tweeted: '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 [person of colour} that cares about BLM'

Making amends: Nguyen later tweeted: ‘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 [person of colour} that cares about BLM’

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