Malia White is facing a lot of backlash after she took a photo of Hannah Ferrier’s prescription medication and showed it to Captain Sandy Yawn during the most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranean. She tried to contrive some faux empowerment moment about standing up to Hannah, but most people just weren’t buying it.
Instead of talking to Hannah and Sandy together and voicing concerns (that she claimed to have), she did the snake move of secretly taking a photo and presenting it to the captain behind Sandy’s back. Then, in addition to getting trashed by the fans, fired cast member Pete Hunziker is slamming Malia for alleged cocaine usage. He also claimed that he had a prescription during the charter season and faced zero consequences. Very interesting.
Below Deck Mediterranean Bosun Malia White shocked viewers during the last episode when she threw former bunkmate Hannah Ferrier under the bus. And everyone has an opinion now about an act of sabotage and callousness that garnered Hannah a lot of sympathy. Not in the way Hannah imagined herself to warrant pity in each and every situation, but an actual victim.
First, Malia rummaged through her personal belongings to take an incriminating photo of valium that Hannah takes for anxiety. Then Malia sent the photo to Captain Sandy Yawn, claiming that maritime law forced her to report the situation. Of course, there was a lag time between when Malia found out about the valium and when she reported it. The whole stunt reeked of vengeance. Had Hannah agreed to bunk with Bugsy Drake initially, this surely wouldn’t have happened. Fans have implicated Bugsy in the event as well, and now other crew members are sharing their views on the matter.
I’m still not over this week’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean. I was already upset about the firing of Chef Kiko Lorran. But now that we know Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier is getting fired, it’s too much, too soon. Not to mention the fact that Hannah’s firing was a total set up orchestrated by Bosun Malia White.
How convenient that Malia tells on Hannah after their argument over bunking arrangements. Even more convenient that Malia just so happens to “find” (prescribed) valium on board, along with a (perfectly legal) CBD pen in Hannah’s things. Can we talk about what a violation of privacy that was? Social media was understandably in an uproar over the whole thing. You all should already know I’m always Team Hannah but this incident would make any Hannah-hater upset for her too. Fans aren’t the only ones weighing in though.
Last week, my heart was breaking watch Kiko Lorran get fired mid-charter on Below Deck Mediterranean. Now, a week later I am absolutely fuming because Malia White decided to weaponize Hannah Ferrier’s mental health struggles by taking a photo of Hannah’s Valium prescription, CBD (which is legal), a lighter, and her adorable passport folder. Then,
like the snake that she is, she sent the photo to Captain Sandy Yawn.
Yeah, we know it’s maritime law for the captain to be in the loop about the crew members’ prescriptions, but why did Malia have to be so shady? Why did she take sneak in to take a photo when Hannah wasn’t around? Why didn’t she just bring it up with Hannah and Sandy in person, just to make sure they were on the same page about Hannah’s safety? Oh, right, because she doesn’t actually care about Hannah’s well-being.
Instead, she was being a brat because Hannah didn’t want to switch cabins so Malia could room with her boyfriend Tom Checketts for two weeks. Oh, and a reminder: Hannah OUTRANKS the bosun AND the chef and is actually in charge of cabin arrangements. Malia can quote “maritime law” all she wants, but Malia operated with zero tact and absolutely no consideration for what Hannah may be going through. Luckily for her, Captain Sandy plays favorites, so Malia got exactly what she wanted… with a side helping of backlash from the fandom. She and Captain Sandy aren’t the only crew members getting hate from the fanbase though. Bugsy Drake has been brought into this photogate controversy and guess who’s defending her? Hannah herself. Wow. Are pigs flying? Has hell frozen over?
I am still trying to swallow last night’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean. First, Captain Sandy Yawn gets rid of my precious Kiko Lorran. Now, she’s coming after my Hannah Ferrier. Yes, I know what you’re going to say, trust me. Hannah is not your favorite. I know that she is polarizing. But can we cut the woman some slack for needing some (prescribed, mind you) to make it on that boat full of snakes?
While we didn’t see Hannah get fired on last night’s episode, we know it’s coming. We can thank Bosun Malia White and her tantrum for that one. After Malia threw a fit about not being able to room with her chef boyfriend, Tom Checketts, she marched right to Captain Sandy and tattled on everyone. Hannah specifically. Sandy played favorites as usual and Malia got her way, meaning Hannah and her nemesis, Bugsy Drake became instant roommates. Cut to Malia texting Sandy a picture of Hannah’s things, that she took out of her purse! And arranged for a photo! The audacity. Said photo included a CBD pen and some prescription valium, which Hannah takes for her anxiety disorder. Repeat after me: Malia. Is. A. Snake. How timely that she just so happened to stumble across Hannah’s things and report her to Captain Sandy after they fight.
Do you feel that? It’s the tide turning on Below Deck Mediterranean. This season has been a veritable rollercoaster so far, full of sudden exits, returning yachties from charter seasons past and even one scandalous, headline-making firing by Bravo. I mean, just take a look at how the show’s opening credits have changed from week to week. Last week, we unjustly said goodbye to Chef Kiko Lorran. But that casting change won’t even compare to the drama that’s about to rock The Wellington.
This week opens with sweet Kiko waltzing down the dock, luggage in tow. (Onto a better and brighter future without Captain Sandy Yawn backseat-driving his galley, surely). Hannah Ferrier is absolutely gutted by her pal leaving. She feels guilty for being partially responsible for the meal that sunk his ship. And, now, she doesn’t have a single true ally amongst the crew and she knows it.
I’m just going to come out and say it – I’m a Kiko Lorran stan. I’m not sorry either. It’s rare that someone comes onto Below Deck Mediterranean with such a sweet appeal. He’s friendly, thoughtful and well, adorable. Am I right, friends?
But sadly, it just wasn’t meant to be. Captain Sandy Yawn landed herself on my forever shit list when she fired him. I guess Sandy has a short memory because this is the same man who pulled out a 72-plate dinner. Either way, Sandy decided to find a new chef, leaving
me everyone heartbroken.