CBS responds to 'Big Brother' houseguests' racial, homophobic and misogynistic slurs
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/03/2013
CBS has broken its silence about the racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments some ofBig Brother's fifteenth-season houseguests have been shown making on the show's live Internet feeds.
"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," the network said in a media statement released after live-feed viewers began complaining about the comments on social media and message boards.
"We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive," CBS continued in the statement, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.
"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."
In addition to angry live-feed viewers, former twelfth-season Big Brother houseguest Ragan Fox also posted an open letter in which he suggested CBS should edit such offensive comments into the show's TV broadcasts so viewers can get to know the real contestants.
"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," Fox wrote.