‘The White Lotus’: The BLM Mix-Up Could be More Important Than You Think

When Jennifer Coolidge‘s character, Tanya, runs into a man from the BLM in The White Lotus Episode 4 on HBO, she assumes he’s part of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, Jon Gries’ character, Greg, is a part of a different BLM. Here’s why the mix-up regarding the organizations means more than viewers might think. Napoleon Dynamite‘s Uncle Rico might be a part of the death at the tropical Hawaiian resort.

The White Lotus Episode 1-6 cast and director pose for photographers at the Los Angeles Premiere of the HBO limited series: 'The White Lotus': (L-R) Jon Gries, Mike White, David Bernard, Fred Hechinger, Steve Zahn, Connie Britton, Jolene Purdy, Molly Shannon, Sydney Sweeney, Jennifer Coolidge, Brittany O'Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Murray Bartlett, and Alexandra Daddario
‘The White Lotus’: (L-R) Jon Gries, Mike White, David Bernard, Fred Hechinger, Steve Zahn, Connie Britton, Jolene Purdy, Molly Shannon, Sydney Sweeney, Jennifer Coolidge, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Murray Bartlett, and Alexandra Daddario | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

‘The White Lotus’ Episode 4 recap: The BLM

Jon Gries joins The White Lotus as a guest star in episode 4 as Greg from the BLM. He appears to be trying to enter Tanya’s room after her spa treatment. Greg apologizes to Tanya for attempting to enter the wrong room. Then he tells her that he was on a deep-sea fishing trip with a bunch of guys from the BLM. Greg is a divorced, single older man, and he asks Tanya to dinner. 

Although Tanya had dinner plans with the spa manager, Belinda (Natasha Rothwell), she quickly cancels them for the new guy. When Tanya apologizes to Belinda, she adds that Greg is from a “Black Lives Matter” group — hoping that this makes the cancellation better. However, it wasn’t the BLM that Tanya thought it was in this episode of The White Lotus

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Later at dinner, Tanya asks Greg how he became involved in Black Lives Matter. What made him want to dedicate his life to activism? Greg is momentarily confused and then begins laughing. 

Greg is with the Bureau of Land Management, not Black Lives Matter. However, the misunderstanding doesn’t matter to Tanya, and she ends the night inviting Greg inside for a “nightcap.”

‘The White Lotus’ BLM mix-up is ironic

HBO’s The White Lotus touches on Kai’s (Kekoa Scott Kekumano) family land in the same episode someone from the BLM shows up. According to the BLM website, the Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to “sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

So, the people whose mission is to protect the land vacation together at a resort that stole the land from the native islanders. 

“They were the ones who actually evicted us,” Kai told Paula about the hotel in the first few minutes of The White Lotus Episode 4. “The government terminated our lease illegally.”

Viewers think something might happen between Greg and Kai

The White Lotus Episode 3 on HBO with Brittany O'Grady as Paula, Sydney Sweeney as Olivia with her arms crossed looking angry at Murray Bartlett as Armond
‘The White Lotus’ Episode 3 with Brittany O’Grady, Sydney Sweeney, and Murray Bartlett | Mario Perez/HBO

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Many viewers believe that Kai’s story about the land is trustworthy and want him to steal the bracelets. 

“I think his story is true, but I think he’s also going to rob the family so that he can get his brothers a good lawyer and they can get their land back,” one viewer wrote on Reddit. I honestly like Kai, and to him, I say, do what you need to do, hunk. Steal those infidelity bracelets!”

However, other viewers think something might happen between the BLM character on The White Lotus and Kai.

“[It’s] definitely interesting that [Kai] discusses his family land being stolen,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “Then a government land management agent (the modern-day version of the guys who stole all the land from native Americans) shows up. Something brewing there?”