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'Big Brother' houseguest Spencer Clawson sparks new controversy with child pornography comments


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/08/2013 

Big Brother's fifteenth-season houseguests are almost out of ways to offend and outrage viewers.

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Spencer Clawson was caught on Big Brother's 24/7 live Internet feeds inappropriately joking about watching child pornography, sparking a new controversy involving the houseguests' comments.

"I love to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y'all about that?" Clawson was shown telling Amanda Zuckerman and Andy Herren.

"Oh, I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is."

According to Entertainment Weekly, Clawson was speaking into McCrae Olson's microphone while the pizza delivery boy was in the shower to make it appear as if Olson was expressing those remarks. Clawson made a reference to Minnesota, where Olson is from, but clearly made Zuckerman and Herren uncomfortable.

"I love it when they're f-cking around three or four-years-old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they're in a basement -- somewhere in Minnesota," Clawson added.

Herren sat quietly and listened until he said, "Oh God," and changed the subject about what's for dinner.

Clawson's controversial comments about kiddie porn apparently caught the attention of his hometown police in Arkansas.

Chief AJ Gary from the Conway Police Department told TMZ, "The Conway Police Department was alerted to comments made.  Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter.  At this time we haven't found that any criminal act was committed."

Clawson's employer, Union Pacific, also felt the need to address the houseguest's unacceptable behavior following a previous statement they had released regarding Clawson's involvement with the Big Brother racism controversy this season.  

"Due to the volume of feedback Union Pacific has received from the public about Spencer Clawson's August 5 comments on the CBS reality show Big Brother 15, the company wants to reiterate that it has taken all the action it can under the Collective Bargaining Agreement until Mr. Clawson is released from the show," the company said in a Wednesday statement obtained by EW.

"Mr. Clawson took an unpaid leave of absence to participate on Big Brother 15. Union Pacific has notified law enforcement of Mr. Clawson's August 5 comments."

Similarly to how they responded to racial and homophobic slurs made in the Big Brother house earlier in the season, CBS offered their two cents on the subject of Clawson's child pornography jokes.

"Big Brother is a reality show following 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 Spencer on the live Internet feed to be offensive," the network said in a statement obtained by E! News.

"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."

(Photo credit CBS)


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