In an interview on the “Not Skinny But Not Fat” podcast, Karamo Brown told the story of how he ended up getting cast on “The Real World,” and it started with the “Queer Eye” star protesting one of MTV’s most popular shows. “There used to be a show on called ‘Pimp My Ride,’ and I had just gotten out of college and I was working social services … Part of my job was also to run this mentoring program after, for the kids to come to, and so my kids were getting locked up in juvie or getting detention because … they would go to the richer areas and steal hubcaps and get caught. And the kids, I would talk to them transparently, and they were like, ‘It’s because I watched Pimp My Ride; I want to do something with my ride.'” Brown went on to explain that a woman came out and asked who organized the protest and then asked Brown to come back for a meeting the next day. Thinking she wanted to discuss the protest, Brown prepared a presentation on the damaging effects of “Pimp My Ride” only to find out that he was meeting about a spot on “The Real World.” Brown said he quickly dropped his protest, saying, “I was such a traitor to the cause.”
Brown’s reality star fame led him to get his syndicated talk show “Karamo,” which he told Out Magazine that he always believed he would eventually achieve. “If we don’t have faith in ourselves and aren’t able to express it, then sometimes I think that we close doors before people even know that we want them open.” Even in talking about his talk show, Brown is always dispensing wisdom.