After the first episode of New Zealandâs My Kitchen Rules, the sexuality of a pair of âsocial media buddiesâ is, kinda weirdly, as hot a topic as the food.
Aucklanders Sam and Dan appear to have been cast as self-assured villains in the show and other contestants were quick to weigh in with their thoughts.
âDan and Sam? Gay,â was the verdict of âbogan bestieâ contestant June. âBut I donât know if they are or not. They say theyâre not, but, I dunno.â
When eyebrows were raised as they described themselves as flatmates, Dan asked âcanât two guys enter a cooking competition without people thinking theyâre gay?â
Dan later described Sam as the âdessert queenâ causing the âbogan bestiesâ to break into fits of laughter.
which has been trending on Twitter in New Zealand with the hashtag #MKRNZ has
been accused of âcapitalising and playing on sexualityâ and being homophobic. In fact, there's been all kinds of debate online:
Others are now simply describing Sam and Dan as the âgayâ team, with tweets like âjust come out alreadyâ and The Edge host Dominic Harveyâs:
Meanwhile Dan's girlfriend, Hazel, has taken to Twitter too:
They seem to be taking it all in their stride, posting "The public are calling us harsh critics! Have they looked in the mirror?!"
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