Milan Christopher, the newest member of "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood," claims he's not being given a fair chance by his co-stars. Christopher, 31, was recently added to the cast of the show, which also stars Yung Berg, Ray J, Omarian and Apryl Jones. He will appear on the popular VH1 series alongside his partner Miles. Unfortunately Christopher isn't meshing well with pre-existing cast members.
According to TMZ, Christopher believes he is being discriminated against by his castmates because he is openly gay. He says that in the three weeks since he began filming the show a majority of the other stars have refused to appear in scenes with him. Despite all of this, TMZ's sources say the shunning has little to do with his sexual orientation, but rather a shared belief that he was hired as a "sideshow" and has little to no credibility in the music industry. The site reports that adding Christopher to the cast is believed to be a means of boosting ratings for the show. Several more serious recording artists on the show have reportedly told producers they will not be attending any events Christopher is at and do not want to be associated with him.
Neither Christopher nor his partner plan to allow the controversy surrounding their addition to the cast to keep them from appearing on the show. According to Rolling Out magazine, their storyline will focus on their relationship, which is made complicated by the fact that Miles' ex-girlfriend reportedly still has feelings for him. A press release regarding the forthcoming season also claims the pair will struggle to battle stigmas surrounding same-sex relationships in the black community and music industry as a whole.
At present no members of the cast have spoken out about Christopher's claims. "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood" Season 2 will air Sept. 7 on VH1.