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I'm a Celebrity: Maria Thattil says racist trolls shame her for dating white men


‘Date your own’: I’m a Celebrity’s Maria Thattil says racist trolls shame her for dating white men – as she continues on-screen romance with Joey Essex


Maria Thattil has spoken out about the criticism she receives for dating white men.

The former Miss Universe Australia, 28, told Refinery29 people often make offensive and insensitive comments about her romantic life.

This scrutiny has only increased since Maria, who is of South Asian heritage, grew close to Joey Essex on this year’s season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Hitting back: Former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil (pictured) has spoken out about the criticism she regularly receives for dating white men

Hitting back: Former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil (pictured) has spoken out about the criticism she regularly receives for dating white men

A recent comment on her social media read: ‘Why some Indian girls go for white guys instead of their own???’ 

‘It’s not the first time I’ve gotten remarks about that, let me tell you,’ she said. 

Maria added that while she has dated people ‘from various ethnic backgrounds’ in the past, including South Asian, she is shamed whenever she dates a white person. 

Criticism: The scrutiny has only increased since Maria, who is of South Asian heritage, grew close to Joey Essex on this year's season of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Criticism: The scrutiny has only increased since Maria, who is of South Asian heritage, grew close to Joey Essex on this year’s season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

‘Every time I’ve dated somebody who has appeared to be white, there’s always been that conversation around, “What do your parents think?”‘ she added.

‘There’s almost this assumption that my family are going to want me to marry a nice Indian doctor, which is actually something that a man said to me on Tinder – he asked me if that was the expectation.’

She decided to address the criticism after her flirtation with Joey, 31, made headlines in the UK and Australia, explaining ‘there is a real double standard here’.

Backlash: She decided to address the criticism after her flirtation with Joey (left) made headlines in the UK and Australia, explaining 'there is a real double standard here'

Backlash: She decided to address the criticism after her flirtation with Joey (left) made headlines in the UK and Australia, explaining ‘there is a real double standard here’

Maria said that when a white person dates a person of colour it’s seen as ‘exotic’, but when a person of colour dates a white person, it’s considered ‘problematic’.

‘It’s, “Why don’t you date your own?” and “How dare you?” and it’s just a disgusting double standard, and I think that we’re past that. We’re past analysing and scrutinising interracial relationships,’ she said.

A defiant Maria insisted that who she chooses to date is nobody else’s business.

Speaking out: Maria said that when a white person dates a person of colour it's seen as 'exotic', but when a person of colour dates a white person, it's considered 'problematic'

Speaking out: Maria said that when a white person dates a person of colour it’s seen as ‘exotic’, but when a person of colour dates a white person, it’s considered ‘problematic’

In a post on Instagram on Sunday, Maria referenced her Refinery29 interview and spoke about the hurtful ‘comments that have been made about @joeyessex and I’.

Maria explained ‘it’s not the first time I’ve heard them’, and added ‘we face a lot of scrutiny when we date outside our own communities’.

‘The historical tension carries over and it’s assumed we are self-hating, ashamed of our own or acting out of a colonial mentality. But all of these stereotypes are exactly that – stereotypes,’ she said. 

Criticism: Maria added that while she has dated people 'from various ethnic backgrounds' in the past, including South Asian, she is shamed whenever she dates a white person

Criticism: Maria added that while she has dated people ‘from various ethnic backgrounds’ in the past, including South Asian, she is shamed whenever she dates a white person

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