Here's the true story of a bunch of reality show contestants picked to live in a house and have their lives continually recorded by in-house cameras and personal audio microphones. What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? Well, apparently they get real racist and homophobic, according to what's happening on season 15 of Big Brother.
Almost half the cast of this season's CBS reality series contestants have been caught making a number of incredibly ugly comments about their fellow houseguests. The racial, homophobic and misogynistic slurs haven't been aired on primetime, but rather the streaming internet feeds which broadcast 24/7. I'm not sure if the so-called "houseguests" forgot they were being recorded or if they just don't care about revealing their hateful personalities to the public, but CBS is now stuck between a rock and hard place when it comes to addressing their offensive remarks.
The offensive cast members in question are, to varying degrees, Aaryn, Kaitlin, GinaMarie, David, Jeremy, Spencer, and Amanda. Reality Blurred has compiled a list of their jaw-dropping statements since the live feeds when up on June 26, but here are a few that stand out:
• GinaMarie said Helen, who’s Asian, “should be kissing our ass and serving us some fucking rice.”
• Aaryn said of Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up.” She also suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.”
• Aaryn said about Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.”
• Aaryn said of Helen, “Shut up. Go make some fucking rice.”
• Jeremy, who calls the house’s women “bitches,” said of Katilin, “I did touch her vagina today.. she didn’t act like she was happy.. I like to feel around see what’s she’s working with.. see if it’s a nice meat wallet … I know she’s on her period.”
• Spencer called Andy “Kermit the fag”; Amanda called Andy “Faggoty Ann”
None of these quotes have been aired on the actual show, and that's what angers former cast member Ragan Fox. He wrote on his website that CBS should expose the issues during prime time:
Big Brother I LOVE you, but, if you really want to provide a groundbreaking twist, SHOW CBS VIEWERS HOW SOME STRAIGHT, WHITE PEOPLE talk about gays, Asian Americans, and African Americans. What makes Aaryn’s homophobia and racism especially insidious is that it comes packaged in a bright-eyed, pageant-like exterior. I mean, how can somebody so sweet looking spew so much venom? Viewers would have to SEE it to BELIEVE it.
As for CBS, they've released the following statement:
Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 -- and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.
I can understand why the network would be squeamish to air the bad behavior and risk losing advertisers or angering advocacy groups. But it's too late -- the information is already out there, and it seems disingenuous to pretend it never happened, particularly since this season involves a new twist where the viewing audience picks a "most valuable player" each week.
Plus, these people deserve to have their disgusting comments put on national television so the world knows exactly who they are. They're the ones who wanted the 24/7 attention that comes from participating in a show like this, so I say CBS should give it to them.
What's your call on these awful comments made by Big Brother cast members? Should CBS address the slurs during the primetime show?
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