Anyone watching Real World: Las Vegas has known two things from the beginning. One, poor Mike is going to be the only one not doing the hippity dippity with a roommate; and two, Adam’s violent, drunken behavior and lack of remorse for his actions was going to get him into trouble sooner rather than later. Oddly enough, when Adam was finally evicted from the Hard Rock hotel, it was fellow roommate Dustin Zito’s comments regarding Adam’s potential replacement that ultimately led to controversy.
Dustin is the boyishly handsome, Southern charmer who has managed to get along well with his roommates (save for a lame bull-riding argument with Mike), wooed petite Heather into a PDA-filled relationship, and seems to have genuinely been trying to work on bettering himself during this experience…UNTIL. You may be asking, until what? Well, I’ll tell ya. Concerned at the prospect of having a gay male roommate replace Adam, he worries “[with] a gay dude I would just be like, hey don’t be sniffing my underwears man. I sniff girls underwears!” He later remarks , “Over the years, you get a level of paranoia. You’re walking and you see a gay person and you get nervous. And some of them approached me and I’m like, dude, you gotta back this up.” WHAT? I’ll tell you what needs to back up, Dustin…your homophobic attitude.
What makes his comments even more ridiculous is the fact that Dustin used to work in the gay porn industry. True story. You can see some of those NSFW porn photos here. I am not judging his choice of livelihood, but it makes me even more shocked that he would say such a thing. In an interview with Ology, Dustin tries to defend his comments and shed some light on his former career. I will now take some bass out of my voice and gingerly step down from my soapbox so you may enjoy some excerpts from that interview below.
Ology: What about your past in gay porn?
With the porn, it was one of those things where I was so scared to tell people right off the bat. I knew that if I did, it wasn’t going to end well. People were gonna put me in a category. I mean, first of all, Heather would have never talked to me. We would have never dated. Leroy and I would have probably never been friends; he would have passed me as the gay roommate right off the bat, because of [what I did]. The cast mates even admitted it, they were like, look if you were to come in and tell me straight off the bat I probably would have judged you; I probably wouldn’t have taken you for who you are. My whole scheme of telling people was: when was the right time?
Just me in general, you look at me and you don’t think that I would have done any of that. Even while I was doing it, people were like, “what are you doing? You don’t look like the type of cat who would do something like that.” I hate having to hide. I always have a smile on my face. I was always the most positive person in the room. And at 19 years old… I didn’t know what I want to do. I didn’t know anything. So I took that route… I just got riled in. It was supposed to be one of those things where you for a couple weeks and then you go back home.
How long were you there for?
Three years. It was a good while! It all started with the [Fratmen] video. And then the Fratpad opened, and I was one of the original cast members. So going into the Fratpad… nobody knew where that was gonna go. The first month there, I didn’t even take my clothes off. It was one of those things that was gradual. For the first month, you kinda just scope out the situation, chatting with the members. And then the bar gets raised. And over time, you get a comfort level of what’s going on. A lot of people think it was just one of those things where I threw all my inhibitions into the wind. It wasn’t… It was a gradual thing I grew with.
So it’s just entertainment?
I’m not trying to cover anything up- is it that hard to grasp the concept that I’m comfortable enough with myself to do something with another guy for money? Is it that impossible? Can you not understand? Can your mind not fathom? The way I am… I guess I’m just a real comfortable person. And I don’t look at myself or put a stamp on my personality like “oh I’m gay because I did gay porn.” That has nothing to do with it.
So do you consider yourself 100% straight?
I AM 100% STRAIGHT! I have no desire to do anything with a guy! I’ve never had that desire. I don’t look at guys as attractive. A lot of people give me a lot of sh*t, but I don’t, I really don’t. People say to me, “but you did it!”, “I would never do this,” or “I would never do that.” And I’m like, ok, so YOU would never do it. So don’t do it! But don’t get on me about it. If there’s one person who knows they’re straight, and knows that they like girls, and they don’t like guys… it’s me! It’s just that I’ve done things with guys. And I know that I’m just not into it. I’m into chicks!
Can you tell us if you and Heather are together today?
(Laughs) I would rather not! I can say is that it’s extremely complex, and it’s one of those things that you have to watch break down in front of you. Even if I tried to describe it, it wouldn’t sound right without watching it.
And when a fan on twitter called him out on his homophobic comments, Dustin replied, “That was misunderstood! Due to my past I get alot of aggressive approaches towards me! I am not Homophobic in the least bit!” Moving on to tonight’s new episode of the Real World titled “Cooke Monsters.” With Adam gone, a new roommate arrives and she immediately sets her sights on Dustin, dividing not only the girls, but the guys as well. It airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DUSTIN’S INTERVIEW & HOMOPHOBIC COMMENTS? PLUS THOUGHTS ON ADAM & NANY’S RELATIONSHIP AND THIS SEASON SO FAR?
UPDATE: You can view some of Dustin Zito’s porn images here. Warning – they are NSFW.