The designers meet Tim at a Hallmark store, where they learn the challenge is to create clothing from, that's right, Hallmark cards. Everyone is being extremely generous with one another, trading materials, and saying so far, this feels like a big family. (A big family on a TV show who are competing with each other for $10,000 and various prizes.) The timing of this proclamation is nothing less than ironic because when Blake doesn't understand what Swapnil is explaining about big machines and heavy machines, he says, "I don't speak Indian."
Fans on Twitter were not happy, with many turning on Blake harshly.
Dude??! Seriously! He is speaking ENGLISH. *throws shoe at tv* Get it together Blake!! #ProjectRunway— Zadry Ferrer-Geddes (@ZadryG) August 14, 2015
Blake just went from annoying wanna be Christian Siriano to most hated ignorant reality star of the day. #ProjectRunway— Sue Funke (@thesuefunke) August 14, 2015
Blake thought it was all fun and games, and declared himself to be "adorable," which further irritated and annoyed Project Runway fans.
Y'all know Blake's setting himself up to be a multi-episode contestant: the reality show handbook praises racist narcissists. #ProjectRunway— Jessica Simmons (@jessmsimmons) August 14, 2015
No one intervened, and Swapnil decided to let it go, and it stays gone for the rest of the episode. Only time will tell how it impacts the rest of the season, but it was a disturbing moment that represents the overall tone deaf nature of reality TV to — among other things — issues of race and ethnicity.
What pisses me off more than Blake's racist comment on #ProjectRunway is the fact that no one addressed it. Silence is a form of acceptance— Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28) August 14, 2015
In his stroll around the designers' workroom, Tim uses the word "constipated" to refer to David's design but seems pleased overall. Edmond makes everyone want to get married in his paper wedding dress before it even hits the runway, and Amanda freaks out and cries, and freaks out some more.
Unfortunately, you can't kick someone off a show about fashion for saying something racist (yet). You can kick them off for making something awful, even if they had to make it out of paper, but guest judge Ashley Tisdale loved Blake's dress, and he lived to design another day. The consensus on Twitter is that he should have been eliminated this week due to both his behavior and his design.
The judges are delusional if they think Blake's dress is fashionable... #ProjectRunway— Manny + Monster (@DualGrey) August 14, 2015
The colors on Blake's dress, tho. It's very 13-year-old girl in the 90s. #ProjectRunway— Kate McMurray (@katemcmwriter) August 14, 2015
Ultimately, David was sent to clean out his space, and Edmond and his fantastically risky paper wedding dress won the challenge.
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