#AutoAri: These Real World Questions Are Exactly What I Wanted

This week on The Real World: Ex-PlosionAri wore a lot of bikinis.

exactly what i wanted

Us, too.

We start off the episode where we left off the last one: Ashley’s visiting Ari. Only instead of cuddling in bed, they’re looking bangable in a hot tub while discussing their relationship with one another. So gay.

want to get back

Since the (other) exes are set to arrive in like, ten minutes, the MTV editing crew is working hard to create some dramatic foreshadowing. First up is Ari’s idea to take the house to an erotic dinner in order to “relieve the sexual tension.” It works – on her and on all the other housemates.

feeling like

rip off ashley's clothes

Later on, Ashley hits the road. (But not before one last bump ‘n grind.)

♫ Except right now ♫

♫ Except right now ♫

Will they ever meet again? Not for 48 hours, bitchezzzzz.

see her again

Later on, Jay fucks everything up by messing around with other girls despite a relatively preserved sort-of relationship back home. People vaguely care, but are mostly too busy doing it amongst themselves to give input.



As Cory innocently chills in his sex bed with Jenny, Ari uses her horror filmmaker credentials to pull a sweet prank on Mr. Friends With Benefits. Turns out Cory didn’t enjoy The Grunge like I did, which was by laughing my ass off.

i apologize

FYI, the prank works. Splendidly.


scream like a girl

Afterward, the producer calls the house and tells the cast they’re going ON A TWO DAY VACATION (SO THEIR EXES CAN MOVE IN), WOO! Jenny continues wondering when Hurricane Ashley will get her shit, since she apparently never did.

Nobody understands what’s about to happen.


While the housemates soak up the sun on a boat in a body of water far, far away, their new housemates move in.

smooth sailing

Turns out, by the way, that the exes each think they’re the only new housemate until they discover otherwise.

can you believe


form an alliance

Until it does.

shock and awe

Here’s the questions you had for Ari “In A Swimsuit” Fitz.

On Chicks


Hurt, annoyed… I have very little respect for people who can’t come forward and say, “you know what I fucked up.” It’s a pride and ego thing I can’t get with. Compare that to Tom’s response when Jamie questioned him about the email.

I live and love freely because I don’t have time for lying, hiding secrets. Plus – and Ashley will tell you this – it’s hard for me to lie anyway.


Ash and I have been off and on for three years.


I get hit on by straight women all the time, especially when they learn I’m gay. Didn’t have any crushes in the house at all, really.

On Film

I shoot on a Canon T3i for personal stuff, but typically the DPs I work with have kickass equipment from RED Cameras, Blackmagics and all kinds of toys.

NOTE: This question was deleted after Ari answered it! But the gist was, “Who are your fave filmmakers and when the hell are you entering the festival circuit?” I left it in because she loved answering it!

Specifically short filmmakers. Hmm.. well some of the coolest shorts I’ve seen recently are La Cruz by Alberto Evangelio and Piano Man by Andrew Wilding.

Festivals, yes. Actually I need to be more aggressive about entering The Anniversary. Plan on entering my next film in a few horror/thriller festivals, as well. Do ya think I got a chance?

Horror film, Real World style (ignoring the XXX for now because that would take me at least two hours worth of daydreaming)… LEGGO: James Franco, Kesh, Rebel Wilson, Childish Gambino, Bryan Cranston, a young Dennis Rodman and Charleyne Yi…

Hmm… so let’s see, how about a Truman Show-style horror comedy following seven strangers as they are forced to kill each other or have their loved ones killed in the house next door… except they learn everything isn’t as it seems and in entertainment, everyone dies.

What? Too close to home?

Great question. I think my current doesn’t have a big issue with my ex.

On Ari F*cking Fitz

I need an entire section on hair, because she needs some work on the show. Every night I braid her in about 4 cornrows and take her out in the morning.


Actually planned on moving to Berlin and was preparing to do just that before getting on the show. It’s still time for me to get out of the country and get inspired.

First, thank you love!! Re: patience… I have no freakin’ idea. I just think it’s easy for me to be relaxed because I’m so focused on the things I’m doing. Like Alexander McQueen, I’m too focused on my own illusions to really watch anyone else. That said, there are two things you don’t mess with when it comes to me, as I state here.

Feels just like regular life. I surprise a lot of people when I tell them about my gender preference. I think me being comfortable with it and happy with who I am others are naturally comfortable with it, too.

Multiple wishes.

No but just one wish would probably be to support my friends and family as a film director and media entrepreneur.


Family didn’t react well. I’ve always been the goodie-two shoes. First to finish college, full-ride scholarship to Berkeley, etc etc… My identity made them see my differently for a few months. Once I introduced them to my first girlfriend, they relaxed and realized nothing had changed. I was still geeky Ari.

On The Explosion

Welll… they were. The smacking was borderline obnoxious. Lol!

I’m living it right now. Getting to watch alongside you guys and introduce all of you to me, my work, my bomb ass friends.

Prob Jamie. She was hella chill and we got along well. Jenny is just crazy, which made for an entertaining time at all times. Oh and of course, my best friend… my ex, Ashley.

It was dope! My first time on jet skis, too!


First time and lawdddd… so want to go back! But with just one date. No roomies allowed.


I say Tom and I in Amsterdam, because yeah… that’d be dangerous and hilarious. Or Jamie and I in Seoul, Korean food #FTW. Lastly Jenny and I in Brazil, for the beautiful women.


We chose to. Subway offered us a lot of free sandwiches, so it was a no brainer when we were hungover and broke.

Not quite! It’s actually a retired chef’s house who allowed us to join him.

Close with almost everyone. Hard not to, we went through hell and back with each other.

C’mon now, you know I had a plan from the moment I walked in the house. There’s a reason I was born on Valentine’s Day.

sex ness

I brought my camera because I was working on my second film while living in the house, normally personal cameras like that aren’t allowed. Plus, why not take the opportunity to hear Cory scream like an eleven-year old Belieber.

On the Exes

10. Seriously, no one saw that coming.

I didn’t know who they were at first then Ashley came running up to me, so I just thought everyone was there to visit… After I realized they were there for good, two words: NOT HAPPY.

Met on Craiglist… Not like that. I was buying her concert tickets for the Childish Gambino show.

If she’s not… she’s the prototype.

we are not official


Our Winner

Every week, Ari will pick her fave question out of the bunch and we will reward them with lavish prizes. This week’s winner, @kaiboi25will be getting “You Do You” stickers!


Get Into It!

Each week, you can tune in to new episodes of The Real World and tweet your questions for Ari Fitz, raging queer, using the hashtag #AutoAri. ( We can only guarantee that tweets sent during the initial screenings of each episode will be included (10PM EST/PST and 9PM CST) in each week’s roundup.) Whether you’re curious about her films, what she’s eating in the fifth scene, the music that hot tub montage was set to, or how she gets her hair to look damn good, feel free to dig in and pop a question. Within 48 hours of the episode, Ari will answer every single one here on Autostraddle.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Hot damn, this girl has such international style! MTV should just follow Ari around the world watching her break all the straight girls hearts. I’d watch that.

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