Season 7 of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight premiered on Tuesday, June 10, and boy, was it interesting.
The lone couple of color was Mia Bally and Tristan Thompson (yes, like the habitually cheating NBA player), and before he could even get a match and to the altar, the 29-year-old groom put his foot in his mouth a few times. Tristan, who played in the NBA’s G League and owns tutoring clubs to help prepare young people for college, with no reservations, said that he wanted a woman of a lighter complexion, specifically someone lighter than him, because darker women don’t do it for him.
“I really don’t prefer women that are darker than me,” he said. “When it comes to marriage you’ve gotta be with someone that melts your butter.”
He also was overheard doing some fat-shaming, hoping for a woman who wouldn’t be “a biscuit off 350” pounds. This was all interesting considering he is the son of parents and grandparents of a darker complexion (also, his new wife’s mother is dark), and Tristan isn’t necessarily on the lean side…
Still, he got what he wanted. He was picked for the show (when many believed his way of thinking deserved a boot) and wed Mia, a Trinidadian and Jamaican beauty of fair skin who seemed quite impressed with her new husband.
But just because he hit it off okay with Mia doesn’t mean he didn’t make a poor first impression with Twitter. Plenty of people online came directly for his neck for his statements. Check out the heated responses, as well as the hilarious ones, to his comments from the Twitterverse.