Colin Kapernick’s girlfriend Nessa Diab and Teen Mom 2 star, Jenelle Evans recently got into a heated conversation regarding Kaepernick’s commitment to kneeling and the racial inequality its rooted in.
Diab sat in as host of the MTV’s Teen Mom 2 reunion on Monday night alongside longtime co-host Dr. Drew and questioned Evans after she complained of harassment from her fellow co-star Amber Portwood.
“You posted hateful comments on social media about my family, about my man, Colin Kaepernick,” Diab began.
As Evans began to question Diab, she pulled up the receipts to reference multiple past social media posts where Evans made light of Kaepernick’s National Anthem demonstration.
“I honestly have no idea, who your boyfriend is our your husband,” Evans responded back.
“This is an open, healthy conversation that I would like to have with you. Please understand something — my man uses his platform to peacefully protest systemic oppression in this country,” Diab continued.
“Specifically, police brutality against black people. Men, women and children are dying — wrongfully dying. And people who are doing this are not being held accountable. That is the issue. It has nothing to do with military men, military women, OK? Because they fought for our constitution to peacefully protest. All of us. I would have appreciated if you had contacted me. I would’ve been more than happy, Jenelle, to have a healthy conversation,” Diab said.
The conversation pushed Evans to the point of tears and she eventually stormed off the set.
“I don’t know anything about your husband. I swear to God. I’m done with this bull—t. This is exactly why I didn’t (expletive) come here. This is why. This is about my storyline. And you want to bring up your issues,”
“This is about my storyline and you want to come to Teen Mom and bring up your issues,” Evans said as she walked off the stage.
It seems like the recent public attention over Evans’ husband fatally shooting their family dog may have added to the weight of her inability to hear Diab out. Either way, it’s exhausting to continually watch Black people–Black women specifically, explain racism and inequality to our white sistern and brethren. We shouldn’t be burdened with the emotional labor.
Social media was divided over Diab’s approach with some saying she had every right to maintain that sense of energy, while others think she made the situation about her instead of focusing on the show’s topics.