MasterChef’s Brendan Pang stands by Reynold Poernomo despite homophobic comments

The West Australian
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Perth’s Brendan Pang, along with a group of other openly gay MasterChef contestants, are standing by their cast-mate Reynold Poernomo despite him making homophobic comments.

Poernomo made a series of degrading and homophobic comments back in 2014 on a body building website, that had not surfaced until last week.

The reality TV chef said he wished the world would “capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that was straight ppl (people) will be happy and the freaks can go and f... themselves.”

Perth’s Brendan Pang is standing by Reynold Poernomo despite him making homophobic comments.
Camera IconPerth’s Brendan Pang is standing by Reynold Poernomo despite him making homophobic comments. Credit: Supplied

But since Poernomo was exposed, Pang along with Khanh Ong, Reece Hignell and Courtney Roulston have continued to follow their now controversial cast mate on Instagram.

In a statement to the West Australian Poernomo offered his “sincere and deepest apologies for the comments.”

“At the time these comments were made, I was very immature, close-minded and insular 20-year-old. I have grown and matured a lot in the last six years. I am not the person I was back then,” he said.

“I have many friends, colleagues and staff that are part of the LGBTIQ+ community. I wholeheartedly support them and care deeply for them. I am truly sorry and apologise for any offence or hurt I caused.”

Fellow reality TV contestant Ong took his support a step further when he told New Idea that he hoped Poernomo would take out the 2020 season of the show.

“If it’s not me, then I really hope Reynold wins, because he deserves it,” he said.

“He’s put in all the hard yards, he has travelled the world and worked for free at amazing restaurants just to learn.”

Another one of Poernomo’s comments, made under the username ‘reyreyy’ saw him agree to a comment that “homosexuality (is) a mental illness.”

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