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Below Deck's Rhylee Gerber is over the so-called "boys' club" on deck. As the only female deckhand this season, she says she has felt left out and ostracized by her fellow deck team members. Captain Lee Rosbach agrees and has also called out the men in the crew for the way they've been acting all season on Twitter.
Rhylee spoke more about this "boys' club" in an interview with The Daily Dish podcast.
"I agree wholeheartedly that coming into this position, it is very reminiscent of last year, in the fact that it feels like a boys’ club," she said. "I don’t have any problem working with males or females. And I don’t have a problem with authority. What I have a problem with is people that... to me it’s not about rank. OK, I understand there is rank. But just because you’re above me doesn’t mean you can speak down to me. It doesn’t mean you can treat me disrespectfully... And so with this boys’ club feeling, I mean, last year I was left out of deck meetings, I was made to take my breaks separately [from] the boys so they all bonded. They, you know, they had their own thing going on. And I was mocked and laughed at behind my back. That’s not something that you don’t pick up on. I’m not creating these feelings out of nowhere. It’s a boys’ club because that’s how they have made it."
Rhylee's not done calling out these crew members, however; in fact, she wants to add another name to that list.
"With Captain Lee addressing that, I just hope he realizes he’s a part of that boys’ club," she said.
Woah! The deckhand explained, "He’s very much a fan of people over others... that vibe is shared very plainly on board, with favoritism and all that. He makes the comment a lot that I’m just a third deckhand. Well, I’m also your third deckhand. And just because I’m a third deckhand here, don’t forget my credentials. I have credentials. And I had more credentials than any of these guys last year. You know, it’s just a difference of what vessel I’m working on."
As for who she thinks Captain Lee favors, Rhylee claimed, "It goes without saying, you know, Kate [Chastain] is definitely a favorite of Captain Lee. I don’t say that in a derogatory sense. I know they have a working relationship for several years. That just comes with working together so long. I understand why Lee feels that way about certain people. But just don’t make others feel less than or inferior. That’s just something that to me is, is disrespectful. It’s inconsiderate."
To be fair, Captain Lee has never said that he doesn't show favoritism to Kate. "Kate deserves preferential treatment because she's earned it. It's simple," Captain Lee said in the Below Deck Season 7 After Show. "You don't get preferential treatment from me unless you earn it."
Hear more from Rhylee in the podcast above, and make sure to tune in to Below Deck on Mondays at 9/8c. Preview, below.
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