In a preview featured at the end of the Season 4 premiere, Mila can be seen saying, "I don't want my son seeing two men kissing each other," which inspires outrage from lead deckhand Travis Michalzik. "Sit on the opposite end of this f--king table from me," he tells her in response.
A sneak peek of an all-new episode coming up on Monday at 9/8c (clip above) shows more of the moment, which comes after Mila says she questioned Travis' sexuality because of his nose ring in the car on the way to the crew's first night out. "I don't want to see a man kissing a man in front of me," she says. "In your home, you guys can do whatever you want. I don't want my son to be growing up and seeing two men kissing each other and thinking this is normal because this is not f--king normal!"
Captain Sandy Yawn addressed Mila's comments during a recent interview with TooFab, which took place before she saw the episode. "I heard it through chatter. Like, the crew don't run to me and say, 'Did you hear what happened?!' They're not like that. They basically keep it [to themselves]," she said of learning about the chef's remarks. "But someone mentioned it, and I just thought, 'Wow.'"
The Below Deck Med boss added, "So that's her opinion. That doesn't reflect [me]. She can have her opinion. I don't really care. Doesn't reflect on me. It reflects on her. So when people take it personal, they should probably look at themselves and not point the finger at the person who said it. Doesn't bother me! That's her thing she has to deal with. Not mine."
Captain Sandy has experienced intolerance toward the LGBTQIA+ community firsthand. Her girlfriend, gospel singer Leah Shafer, has been "shamed" and "is no longer welcome in some churches" after going public with their relationship, Captain Sandy revealed on Twitter last week. “I think you can’t help who you fall in love with," Leah told The Cheat Sheet while discussing the discrimination she has encountered. “God is love. He doesn’t care.”
Captain Sandy proudly proclaimed that "love is love" while announcing the news of her new romance with the world on Twitter last week. She also emphasized the importance of following your heart no matter what some people may think during a recent interview with Personal Space. "Who cares what people think about me? Because guess what? I’ve almost died 12 times in my life. I’m living this one life that I have to fulfill a purpose. That purpose is to do good business with good people for good purpose and to have love," she said. "Don’t you want that? I want that, and I fell in love, and I’m so happy. This is my happy dance!"
Captain Sandy will join Andy Cohen and several other Bravo stars at the New York City Pride March on June 30. “Bravo has a long history of representing the LGBTQ community through its programming,” Andy said in a statement while announcing Bravo's celebration of WorldPride this month. “I’m proud to be a part of this network and its history, and I’m honored to be marching toward another 50 years of progress and equality.”