Trigger Warning: Disordered Eating
The second season of MTV’s The Real World had more than its fair share of firsts and controversies. Originally filmed and aired in 1993, the show featured one cast member leaving to get married, one having an abortion, and one getting kicked out of the house. That eviction– and the incident that led up to it—are covered in the first episode of The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles, which debuted this week on Paramount+.
As OG ‘Real World’ fans will remember, during the original series, David Edwards dragged Tami Akbar (now Tami Roman Youngblood) out of her bed and down the hall of their house when Tami was only wearing underwear. That incident led to David getting kicked out of the house in the following episode, a first for ‘The Real World’ franchise.
During the first episode of ‘Homecoming,’ the reunited housemates (which, in addition to David and Tami, also include Beth Anthony, Jon Brennan, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Glen Naessens, and Beth Stolarczyk) were asked to discuss what David did to Tami back in 1993.
“We knew they would be discussing it in reference to some of these current issues that we’re all talking about now, in terms of, what is consent, which is not something that was as much in the world…” co-creator Jonathan Murray told Variety.
For Tami, going back to the incident means addressing the body dysmorphia and eating disorder she dealt with while filming the 1993 show.
“You can’t understand the magnitude of why I was like, ‘Don’t pull these damn covers off.’ In my personal life, you all did not see my popping laxatives. You did not hear me throwing up. You all did not know I was battling body dysmorphia,” she continued. “Nobody understood why I got my mouth wired, was because I’m a person who no matter when I look at myself, I feel like I’m 300 pounds,” she said in the first episode, as reported by TooFab.
David’s focus in revisiting what happened in 1993 is the impact it had on his stand-up comedy career.
“I didn’t know the whole blanket incident, the word rape getting thrown around, how that was going to affect my career, but it made me hungry, like I have to go nail some s**t before this drops. I had read-throughs that morning, they were airing commercials, ‘Are you dragging a girl down a hall with a blanket?’ I’m like, ‘Oh my god, it’s f**king starting.’ The word rape getting thrown around, phone stopped ringing and s**t,” he said in the first ‘Homecoming’ episode.
While both David and Tami have come to terms with what happened in 1993, Tami hinted that they have not yet made amends.
In an interview for Entertainment Tonight, Kevin Frazier asked Tami if she’d forgiven David for what happened.
“I think we all kind of came into this moment wanting to right wrongs. Sometimes things go the way you hope they do and sometimes they don’t,” the former Basketball Wives and Marriage Bootcamp star said.
During that same interview, David stormed out twice, once when he saw Tami’s husband, entrepreneur and former football player Reggie Youngblood (who appears on ‘Homecoming’), and again when challenged by Kevin Frazier for his combativeness.
David later told Kevin that the current drama between him and Tami is “really real.”
“I came [on ‘Homecoming’] to set some things straight. [I’ve been waiting] 28 years for this,” he said, adding that he’d be willing to do another season with the roommates…”minus maybe one person.”
Both Tami and David shared links to the Entertainment Tonight interview on social media.
“So this happened on @entertainmenttonight,” Tami posted to Instagram on Sunday.
David shared the video to his Facebook page on Nov. 19, commenting, “Lmao.”
New episodes of The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles debut Wednesdays on Paramount Plus.
You can rewatch the infamous “Tami-dragging” scene in the video below. (Scroll to the 8:00-minute mark to see the incident and the aftermath.)
(Photos: MTV; Paramount+)