'Big Brother' winner Jackson Michie: David Alexander was very "sketchy"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/25/2019
Big Brother winner Jackson Michie was accused of making racist comments throughout Season 21, and now he's explaining some controversial comments he had made about fellow houseguest David Alexander, whom he's calling "sketchy."
Michie appeared on a recent episode of "Now What?! with Jessica Graf" and shared his side of the story after David had alleged on finale night last month the Big Brother winner and Tennessee native had made "implied biases" behind closed doors.
"The things I said about David were on a personal level, not a racial level," Michie, 24, toldBig Brother alum Jessica Graf in her podcast episode that aired Wednesday.
For starters, Michie addressed a comment he had made on the live feeds in which he was captured saying David, 29, had "shifty eyes."
"I said David had 'shifty eyes' because when he came in, he was very, like, sketchy," Michie said.
"He was looking at everyone. He was just analyzing everything everyone said and did. And he just kind of gave off, like, he looked like he was just coming in to stir sh-t up. And that was exactly his strategy."
Michie's girlfriend Holly Allen, who finished Big Brother in second place, joined Michie for the podcast appearance and echoed his sentiments on this subject.
"Yeah, stir the pot and hook up with girls," Holly, 31, added.
"And I love David, just on the record, but first impression? I was like, 'What is this? Why are you so aggressive with this?'"
Michie also slammed David for wanting to hook up with girls in an unflattering way on the Big Brother live feeds, which later surfaced as a Twitter clip.
"David is going to come in and run a train on all these girls, right?" Michie said during the season.
Michie claimed, however, that comment stemmed from David's behavior in the house at the very beginning of the season before live-feeds were turned on.
"David openly admitted to never watching the show and that he came on here for Instagram followers, and he's a good-looking dude. And he's very good with his words. He's charming," Michie alleged.
"He came into the house -- but this was not on the live feeds, the first week of the house was never on the feeds -- and... we're all, like, standing around the kitchen. We just met each other. We just moved in, and on multiple occasions, he's like, 'So who's single? Who's single in the house? Anybody?' Like, 'Y'all have boyfriends? Do you have a boyfriend?'"
Michie continued, "So, there's a clip of me saying, like, 'David might just come in and run a train on all these girls.' And they're like, 'Oh, why? Because he's an African American?' I was like, 'No. Because when he came in, he was asking about who was all single.'"
Michie therefore insisted the "train" remark was taken out of context.
"When [the live feeders] don't see the first week, they don't see where some of these opinions formed," explained Michie, who banished David from the house after being named "Camp Director."
"So when he comes back into the house... David throws down a very condescending remark about [my past and what I've been through]. And then David also, a couple of times in the house, said 'ret-rd' on a couple different occasions."
As a result, Michie said he lost his cool and eventually ranted to Kathryn Dunn about David in the bathroom, which led to the racist allegations.
"They weren't racist. I said, 'F-ck David. I f-cking hate that guy. I want to mule-kick that motherf-cker's teeth in,'" Michie recalled.
"And it's extremely out of line. It was extremely unwarranted, and it should not have come out of my mouth. I take full ownership for it... The things I said about David were incorrect and out of line on a personal level but not on a racial level in any way, shape or form."
Michie said he actually spoke to David a couple of days after the Big Brother finale and apologized.
"I wish there are things I could take back. I'm far from perfect and I have a lot of growing up to do, but I do like David on a personal level," Michie said, later adding, "He was growing on me."
Holly agreed David and Michie started to develop a friendship as the season progressed.
Michie ended up winning the $500,000 grand prize on Big Brother, but his win was tainted when David and their fellow houseguests Ovi Kabir and Kemi Fakunle made racism and bullying allegations against Michie and some of his pals in the house, like Jack Matthews.
Michie's reaction to winning was therefore subdued and he was unable to hold his head high. In his final words to Big Brother host Julie Chen, Michie said he hoped he had made his parents proud and that everything was okay.