Geek in Hot Water: “Gaysian” Greg on Beauty and the Geek

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One of the most interesting Asian American reality show contestants around today is Greg, the self-proclaimed “gaysian” on Beauty and the Geek. He described himself as “definitely a gay geek. Yeah, I love gaming, ‘gay-ming.’ … ” While this comment gives one pause to wonder of his intellectual capacity, the girls have taken him under their wing and call him “Greggie.” The bonding is not unwarranted. As socially ill-equipped as the Geeks are, Greggie seems totally without resources. His first impression? A headlong plunge into the hot tub, fully clothed. “Oh my god,” he pronounced chest deep in water. “I totally didn’t mean to do that!”

Greg’s awkwardness is revealed as an identity crisis of sorts when he confessed, “I feel like I don’t fit in with anyone … like I’m not geeky enough to be a geek or like all the other geeks are so smart, and I’m like the artistic gay guy.”

While Greg is a break from the traditionally straight, autistic-in-one-area geek mold, he does have a social backwardness typical of geekiness, especially in the art of the pick up. In the first challenge, Greg tried for a guy’s number by asking his sexual orientation and whether he had “been to a gay club and stuff.” The Geeks lost that round but rapped their way to victory in a “Beauties versus Geeks” talent show, for which Greg admitted, “I don’t really get stage fright, which is really weird because I’m socially awkward. I would rather go on stage than meet someone.”

Greg definitely needs help, and it will be interesting to see how he navigates the waters as a gay geek. But things are already looking up for Greg as Amber, the runway model, was just eliminated. Now he has his own bed. …

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