Jun Song wins $500,000, but no one's respect, in CBS's 'Big Brother 4' finale
By Wade Paulsen, 09/25/2003
In a battle between perhaps the two most reviled finalists ever in the short history of reality-competition shows, Jun Song, a 27-year-old investment manager from New York City, defeated Alison Irwin, a 22-year-old retail manager from Meadville, Pennsylvania, by a 6-1 vote to win $500,000 in the finale of CBS's U.S. Big Brother 4 on Sept. 24.
To prevent a repeat of the finale of the finale of Big Brother 3, in which popular but devious houseguest Danielle Reyes was crushed in the final vote after the booted contestants saw her Diary Room confessions about her strategy, each ex-houseguest was kept sequestered after leaving the Big Brother house. Only after they had cast their votes were they permitted to see the Diary Room confessions of others, including the self-proclamations of Jun and Alison that they were "evil bitches."
Although the racial slurs uttered by Jun and Alison were never shown on TV, the producers included an anti-Korean Diary Room slur from final-four member Erika directed at Jee, apparently in an effort to show that "everyone was doing it," so the finalists' slurs were no big deal. Anyone watching Jee's reaction to her comments, however, would disagree.