Like any 19-year-old, Survivor: Tocantins contestant Spencer Duhm rings of naivety. The show’s youngest-ever challenger (whose season premiered last night on CBS), Duhm doesn’t want to be known as “the gay contestant,” which, to be fair, always seems to happen on a reality show. But it’s not that Duhm doesn’t want to be defined as gay — he just doesn’t want to be compared to supposed queens like Todd, Coby, or last season’s adorable Charlie Herschel. In fact, Duhm is “embarrassed for” the guy.
Duhm tells Reality Blurred: “I don’t like come across like most of the gay guys but I am, so I’ll probably be like—but then again, JP was gay and nobody knew that on the show; he was about the straightest I’ve ever seen. … But I won’t be Todd, I surely won’t be Coby. I won’t be Charlie. Holy shit. I talked to my parents and I was like, ‘Mom, do I sound like that?’ she was like, ‘Sweetheart, no, I would never let you go out in public if you sounded like that.’ Thank God.”
Aw, what a positive message from mom!
And speaking of Charlie, what does Duhm think about the Survivor: Gabon contestant (who once said “I want to be like the gay, white, athletic, male Cirie”)? Duhm explains: “First of all, I’m not crushin’ on Marcus. … Have a little discretion; he’s straight, leave the man alone. It just baffles me, everytime [Charlie] opens his mouth, ‘I love Marcus. Marcus is great. I feel protected when he’s around. I feel nervous when he’s not around.’ It’s kind of like, ‘Alright, you have a serious crush. This isn’t just joking. You have serious crush. Just stop.’ I’m just embarrassed for him, ’cause I know he’s got to be sitting at home, just embarrassed, red-faced.”
Actually, we know that not to be true: Marcus and Charlie remain friends. Charlie told Queerty recently he didn’t feel any embarrassment about how his crush on Marcus was portrayed on the show.