BB15 USA hit by racism, homophobia controversy
Big Brother 15 USA has come under fire from viewers after several houseguests were heard making racist, sexist and homophobic comments.
According to several news reports and updates from users of the live feeds on CBS.com, at least half of the group have made countless derogatory remarks targeted at their fellow contestants.
Perpatrators include Aaryn – who told Helen to ‘shut up and make some rice’ – and GinaMarie, who said that the political analyst should be ‘punched until her eyes turn straight’.
Spencer has called Helen ‘Kim Jong Un’ and Andy ‘Kermit the Fag’, while Jeremy has remarked about Kaitlyn’s ‘meat wallet’ (vagina) and said that he would ‘do incest’ with his sister if she was a model.
Elsewhere, Kaitlyn almost uttered the ‘n’ word – but just managed to stop herself – while David moaned about his sheets being ‘dirty’ because Candice had touched them.
Producers have yet to officially comment on the widespread unease, although there are no house rules banning the use of potentially offensive language.
Several fans have called for editors not to cut such incidents from the broadcast episodes, including BB12 competitor Ragan Fox, who wrote on his blog: “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?”
Similar controversies have been left out in the past, most notably during season thirteen, in which popular houseguest Jeff Schroeder criticised the idea of homosexual teachers when it was suggested that Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore could have been gay.
Update, 2nd July 11.23am: Errors in the remarks quoted above have been corrected