’90 Day Fiancé’: Varya Malina Reveals What She Really Thinks of Americans

Varya Malina and Geoffrey Paschel have had quite a rollercoaster relationship on the latest season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days. While 41-year-old Geoffrey, who hails from Tennessee, and 30-year-old Varya ended their relationship after she turned down his proposal on his first visit to Russia, they eventually got back together.

Geoffrey took up with an old friend, Mary Wallace, when he returned to the U.S. But Varya decided to win back her man with an impromptu trip to Tennessee—and she succeeded, eventually agreeing to his second proposal after a bitter confrontation with Mary.

Their status as a couple, as it stands today, is unclear. But Varya has been active on Instagram, posting photos that seem to be from her time in the U.S., whether they’re from the past few months or not. The 90 Day Fiancé star took to Instagram recently to share a funny story about how she formed her lasting impression of Americans.

Varya Malina
Varya Malina | Varya Malina via Instagram

RELATED: ’90 Day Fiancé’: Varya Reveals the Meaning Behind Her Ring and If She Kept the One Geoffrey Gave Her

RELATED: ’90 Day Fiancé’: Every ’90 Day Fiancé’ Cast Member Instagram Handle You Will Ever Need

Varya reflected on how she would characterize Americans in ‘one word’

Varya, who seems to be hoping for a career as a social media influencer, recently shared a photo of herself relaxing on what looks like a hike in Tennessee. Geoffrey’s fiancée (or possibly former fiancée) answered a common fan question in the caption: What does she think of Americans?

“How would I characterize Americans in one word? Before visiting America, I would say simply – a smile,” Varya began the lengthy post.

But since then, her assessment of Americans as primarily friendly and enthusiastic has changed. The Russia native wrote, “Now, from the height of my experience, I think this word is political correctness. Perhaps this quality is trained over the years of living in a multinational country, where it is very easy to offend with an incorrectly spoken word.”

View this post on Instagram

Time for stories. How would I characterize Americans in one word? Before visiting America, I would say simply – a smile. Now, from the height of my experience, I think this word is political correctness. Perhaps this quality is trained over the years of living in a multinational country, where it is very easy to offend with an incorrectly spoken word. And now in more detail, as I came across this thought: Once I had to order a car to go to an interview. Driving the taxi was a local resident at an age when the ladies were entertained not with compliments, but with stories about fishing and guns. I decided this was my chance to find out more about real life in Tennessee and so I started a nice conversation with the taxi driver. The first thing that caught my eye: I do not understand what he was talking about. It seemed to me that he chewed the words before pronouncing them, and then swallowed the vowels. It was as though I put my ear to his mouth, but even so barely made out 20% of what was said. Then I found out that this is the southern accent. Anyway I know that the best way to win someone over is humor, so I started joking. We laughed at the words that I’m Putin’s spy. And my driver asked what have I found out about the locals. And I said with a smile on my face: everyone here has moonshine and you are rednecks. And giggled because I was sure that I said a joke. The taxi driver’s reaction surprised me though. He frowned and did not utter a word. And all that I tried to say afterwards, he ignored‍♀️ turned on the music louder and then generally began talking on the phone with a friend on the speakerphone. A curtain! The reason for my stupid joke was Geoffrey. It was he who told me that they call themselves rednecks because of the neck tan and at the same time laughed and made it clear that this is a funny nickname. Only after the incident with a taxi driver I googled this word and realized how insulting it sounds. Conclusion: Americans can be very resentful of sharp, but honest statements. Maybe that is why they consider the Russians brutally honest.

A post shared by Варя Малина. Ведущая❗️Рязань❗️ (@varya.malina) on

The ’90 Day Fiancé’ star told a story about accidentally offending a taxi driver

Geoffrey’s fiancée went on to describe an experience in the U.S. that exemplified how sensitive she perceives many Americans to be. Varya told a story about inadvertently offending a taxi driver by referencing a common stereotype.

“Once I had to order a car to go to an interview,” she explained, adding that she’d hoped to learn more about Geoffrey’s home state during the drive.

“I decided this was my chance to find out more about real life in Tennessee and so I started a nice conversation with the taxi driver,” Varya wrote. After she realized that his southern accent was stopping her from understanding him fully, she decided to win him over with some humor.

“We laughed at the words that I’m Putin’s spy,” Varya joked. But after the pair laughed about Russian stereotypes, things took a turn for the worse.

“And my driver asked what have I found out about the locals,” she explained. “And I said with a smile on my face: everyone here has moonshine and you are rednecks. And giggled because I was sure that I said a joke.”

The 90 Day Fiancé star’s driver didn’t exactly take kindly to the banter. “The taxi driver’s reaction surprised me though. He frowned and did not utter a word,” Varya claimed. “And all that I tried to say afterwards, he ignored turned on the music louder and then generally began talking on the phone with a friend on the speakerphone. A curtain!”

View this post on Instagram

Behind the scenes. Shocking content . Have you ever had a day off, after which it needs another week to recover? We had it during filming in Siberia. On that day, we not only watched as old women fed pigeons…Geoffrey . We had a wild breakaway at a Russian party. My brother’s wife had her 25 year old birthday party. Due to the weather, the city was like the scenery of Mordor, so we went out of town to fry kebabs and to steam in a Russian sauna. I finally met sister-in-law and my sweet little neice. And was also pleasantly surprised by the way Geoffrey played and nursed the baby—literally keeping her in his arms. Looking at this, my inner unicorns joined hands and sang a lullaby to our future children. I woke up when my brother said it’s time to have a drink. As my niece left with her grandparents, the adult part of the party began. There was a lot of alcohol and less clothes; because it was not needed in the sauna. My knight decided to conquer all Russians with his exploits: he drank and soared in the bathhouse on an equal basis with everyone. Consequently, I had hard time running after him with a towel. It was then I already felt like the nanny of a bearded tomboy. The evening flowed smoothly into the morning and after lengthy negotiations, I pushed Geoffrey into a waiting taxi and we headed home. On the way, he wailed that it was rude to leave the party in full swing and that my brother would probably decide that he was an American wimp. But fortunately, for the two of us, there was one with common sense: my mother. She said the crew will be here in a couple hours, hurry up! And the next morning we looked like a drunken groom and his mare; I do not regret anything. Initiation took place and he was a full Russian, maybe even more. The American thrived and even survived the shooting day with a wild hangover and headache. I was so proud. But that day he released his past‍♀️

A post shared by Варя Малина. Ведущая❗️Рязань❗️ (@varya.malina) on

’90 Day Fiancé’ fans chimed in with their thoughts about the story

Varya went on to explain that she’d meant the joke innocently, after Geoffrey had described the “redneck” stereotype to her. “The reason for my stupid joke was Geoffrey,” the 90 Day Fiancé star wrote in the caption. “It was he who told me that they call themselves rednecks because of the neck tan and at the same time laughed and made it clear that this is a funny nickname.”

It wasn’t until she Googled the nickname later, she said, that she realized it was used in a derogatory way.

Still, the experience helped Varya reach a conclusion about cultural differences between the U.S. and Russia. “Conclusion: Americans can be very resentful of sharp, but honest statements,” Varya argued. “Maybe that is why they consider the Russians brutally honest.”

While some 90 Day Fiancé fans urged Varya not to draw broad conclusions about all Americans from a few experiences, others thought the taxi driver had been overly sensitive—especially since he was willing to joke about stereotypes about other countries.

“It’s ironic because he was willing to laugh with you about a Russian stereotype, but unwilling to laugh at himself,” one viewer pointed out in the comments.

Another agreed, “The driver wanted to be sensitive about what was said by you but didn’t have a concern about what he said to you. You just as easily could have been offended by the Russian spy comment.”

Another 90 Day Fiancé fan told Varya not to be too worried about having offended the driver. “I’ve lived in the South all my life and if I heard a Russian call me a redneck I definitely would’ve laughed!” they wrote. “Don’t feel bad, sounds like he was wound up a little too tightly!”

Of course, several 90 Day Fiancé fans just wanted the inside scoop on whether Varya was still with Geoffrey or not. But she didn’t respond to any of their questions—possibly because of her contract with TLC.