The Block 2019 episode 21 recap: ‘Inappropriate and offensive’: Homophobia row hits Block
It was Andy and Deb’s “prawn cocktail” by a nose. Or should that be a gnome.
The couple played the Golden Gnome bonus they won on a previous challenge to add a point to their score for their guest bedroom, snatching victory from El’ise and Matt by half a point.
El’ise was furious as she saw her dreams of an upperdeck pool sink with Andy and Deb’s victory. She claimed the game was rigged to favour others and that the pair had presented a room worthy of contention only because they had former contestants Josh and Jenna to assist them with their styling.
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That was probably a little harsh as Andy and Deb’s plans for their controversially coloured guest room had been in place long before the All Stars arrived on The Block.
Judge Neale Whitaker showed his age when he saw Andy and Deb’s guest bed. The judge remarked that the salmon-toned doona cover and green bedhead reminded him of a dish that hasn’t been popular since the 1970s — a prawn cocktail.
El’ise and Matt’s second-placed room wasn’t without criticism from the judges either. Shaynna Blaze remarked that El’ise’s expensive mural looked like a woman vomiting all over the guest bed below. Perhaps after too many prawn cocktails at Andy and Deb’s place next door?
I doubt the two neighbours will be sharing any kind of cocktails this week.
El’ise was left furious that Deb and Andy had been permitted to use their bonus point in a week when they had expert help and there was a whopping $20,000 cash prize up for grabs.
The fireworks didn’t end there. And remarkably none of the altercations involved resident smarty pants Jesse or expletive-prone Tess.
‘Inappropriate and offensive’
Instead it was Mitch and Mark who butted heads with Scott Cam over a joke the host made about noise from their party room, sorry “living space”.
Ever since the boys unveiled their top floor entertainment area, they have become increasingly sensitive about suggestions they were designing a party house.
Earlier, Mitch had expressed fury that All Star contestant Georgia had made some remarks about the impact of their party room on the neighbouring properties.
“These upper-middle bogans from Perth, what is their story?” Mitch spat as, somewhat ironically, the coloured disco lights in his master bedroom flashed overhead.
It’s not the first time the boys have become incensed over criticism of their upstairs area. Mark has even gone so far as to imply that homophobia might be behind any kind of criticism of their plans.
This simmering tension all came to a head while Scott was passing on feedback from the judges on El’ise and Matt’s bedroom.
Cam pointed out it was a masterstroke for El’ise and Matt to have created a second master bedroom on level two to enable the owners “to get away from the noisy people in your place”.
Mark was having none of that.
“People need to realise there are multiple living spaces in all metropolitan homes and they need to step away from it,” he explained, as Mitch stood glowering silently by his side.
“It is a living space as any house in any part of suburbia has. And if they’re making a judgment about us — because they’ve often said, ‘People like us’ — I need to understand what does that mean? Are you judging us?”
Realising the implications of what Mark was suggesting, Cam quickly shut down his speech.
“I certainly don’t think they are making a judgment about you guys personally,” Cam said sternly.
“It’s a judgment about having an entertainment space next to a master bedroom.”
A war of words then erupted over whether the space was a living room or an entertaining area.
“You need to step away from that,” Mark told Cam.
“I don’t need to step away from nothing, mate” Cam retorted. “I’m the one reading the feedback”.
Both parties sourly agree to disagree but later Mitch labelled Cam’s remarks “inappropriate and offensive” while refusing to discuss the matter any further on camera.
“I’d rather just leave it there.”
But, given this is reality TV, I suspect his silence won’t last forever. Watch this space.