Remember when we tallied the 8 Most Annoying Gay Male Characters in TV History? That turned out to be very cathartic for me, and I thank you for joining me on that annoying journey. But the saga isn’t over yet: Now we’re counting off the nine most annoying reality TV stars in history, and I may need your help in naming offenders 10-150. Contribute those in the comments.
Word of caution: “Annoying” is sometimes an awesome trait. Definitely not always, but I make notice of the reality stars who rightfully wear the honor of “most annoying” like a badge of honor.
1. Survivor‘s Colton Cumbie
Yeah, nothing about this guy deserves a badge of honor. Can you believe there was a time when we’d have considered Richard Hatch one of the most annoying gay contestants on a reality series? Oh, our innocence! Survivor: One World‘s Colton Cumbie was a racist, lazy, entitled player who’d honestly have been controversial enough if he were just a gay Republican. But ohhhh no: He had to incite rage wherever he walked, and now I’d say he’s one of the most detested reality stars of the past ten years. The way he’d holler “Kill yourself” at everyone continues to ring in my ears.
2. The Real World Hawaii‘s Justin Deabler
There have been more incendiary gay figures to emerge from The Real World than Hawaii’s Justin, but he somehow remains his own brand of smug nuisance in the series. Up until Hawaii, The Real World had given us plenty of solid and entertaining gay cast members, including New York’s Norman, San Francisco’s beloved Pedro, and Miami’s hilarious and kickass Dan. But Hawaii’s Justin was a Harvard Law student who essentially declared himself superior to his castmates, and he’d sometimes spew “witticisms” like “Teck’s shtick is so tired, it’s comatose.” While Amaya’s nagging, whiny relationship with Colin was the most notably annoying feature of the season, Justin’s unfunny condescension still sticks out as particularly lame. Even his abrupt, mid-season departure was annoying!
3. Big Brother‘s Ragan Fox
I have to give credit Ragan for being such an emotional player during the twelfth season of Big Brother, because we needed something to “entertain” us in that relatively dull cycle. His blowup at the awful Rachel became one of the show’s all-time highpoints, but his unending whining and teary fits were pretty damn eyeroll-inducing. And as much as Rachel could be mean and catty, his retorts were often just as unnecessarily cutting. Still: I appreciated his professorial intelligence!
4. Project Runway‘s Suede
Following the triumph of Christian Siriano in season four, we began to see more Project Runway contestants who desperately wanted to prove their quipping abilities. One such failure was Suede. He named himself Suede, guys. That alone qualifies him for inclusion. But he also enjoyed pointing finger-guns at the camera, feigning sass in his confessionals, and earning way too much praise for his designs.