Tami Roman Checks ‘Real World Homecoming’ Housemates for Using N-Word

Tami Roman is annoyed on 'The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles.' Credit: Paramount+/Twitter

Tami Roman scolded her housemates on The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles for using the N-word.

The tense conversation on the reunion series started when castmember and police officer Irene Berrera-Kearns was asked how she handled the Black Lives Matter protests as a cop, according to CheatSheet

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The other housemates then chimed in on the subject, and Jon Brennan talked about his experiences when Roman asked him about living in the South. 

Brennan said, “OK, I live in the South, y’all. I live in Alabama. Do you know who’s in my house right now? Young, Black-colored people that I’m minister to and I’m a father figure.”

Roman was visibly annoyed and told him, “Well please don’t ever call them Black colored people.” 

The conversation took a turn when castmate Glen Naessens said he doesn’t see color and shared a story, but missed the point by saying the N-word. 

 “The first time I really felt what you’re passionate about was when I was with my friend John, and I went to a pizza place, right? And they called him a n—-r,” Naessens said. 

“You don’t say it,” Roman scolded Nassens, who is white. They went back and forth and Berrera-Kearns then used the word when she told Naessens not to say it.

“You have no idea what it’s like to be a n—-r,”  Berrera-Kearns said. Roman waved her hand in frustration and said, “I can’t.”

“Do not ever say that,” Berrera-Kearns told Naessens.

“You don’t say it either, ‘cause you’re Latina,” Roman said while she held a cigarette in her mouth.  

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After the exchanges, Roman looked disappointed in her Black castmate David Edwards for not coming to her defense.

“I’m annoyed,” she said in a confessional. “It is not my job to educate you how to understand equality, how to respect another human being, that is not my job.”

Edwards explained in his own confessional that he wasn’t bothered by the comments.

“These two people come on. It’s not like Irene’s a racist. I didn’t take offense. I didn’t even take offense when Glenn said it. And I thought it was unfair what Tami did to them. It was toxic,” he said.

The Paramount+ reunion series brings together the original 1993 cast from season 2 of MTV’s The Real World. The reality series premiered in 1992 and ran until 2017.

Roman later joined VH1’s Basketball Wives. She has also had acting roles on a string of TV shows, and launched popular Instagram comedy series the Bonnet Chronicles.

The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles is now streaming on Paramount+.