‘Teen Mom 2’ Star, Ashley Jones Opens Up About Racism While Joining The Cast
Ashley Jones attended her first Teen Mom 2 reunion on Tuesday night, which aired the second episode. Jones talked about how she felt when it announced that she would be joining the cast earlier this year during the reunion. According to the reality star, she received a lot of flak when she was first named Chelsea Houska‘s successor.
Jones mentioned earlier in the season that she is the only Black mother in the Teen Mom 2 ensemble. When Dr. Drew Pinsky and Nessa Diab, the reunion co-hosts, probed her about it, she opened up even more. Jones’s reaction to the discrimination she encountered when she was presented as the newest member of the Teen Mom 2 family was something they wanted to hear about.
The reality star said, “At first, it was very sad. It was very hard to deal with especially because people also bring my daughter [Holly] into it.” She added, “and say racist things as it pertains to my daughter.“
Jones went on to add that as her platform grew as a result of her appearance on Teen Mom 2, she discovered that the trolling and racist comments made by certain social media users reflect the sort of people they are at heart.
“But, as I’ve grown and as I’ve been on the show more and more and kind of been having this larger platform … I’ve just realized that people have that hate in their heart and that’s the burden for them to carry,” the MTV personality continued.
This was a topic Jones addressed earlier in the season, as previously stated. Jones and her fiancé, Bar Smith, in an episode that aired in early July, detailed how they had been experiencing more racism since they decided to speak out in support of the Black Live Matter movement.
Following the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin, Jones and Smith began to receive more racist comments. Jones’ mother and stepfather later discussed the situation with them, and she said, “I feel like because I’m the only Black parent on a predominately white show.” She added, “I don’t have an option except to work hard, obtain an education, earn straight A’s, and provide all my daughter desires. I don’t have any wiggle room.“
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