The 'Big Brother' Cast Is Racist, Homophobic — But CBS Won't Air the Footage

Turns out when you put 16 people in a house together, at least one of them will turn out to be a big ole bigot. Or many of them, as turns out to be the case with Big Brother 15.

The latest season of the veteran reality series has drawn harsh criticism for the racial, homophobic, and misogynist comments that certain cast members have been making during the live feeds. Adding to the drama? CBS has yet to air any of this controversial footage during the televised broadcasts.

College student and aspiring model Aaryn has been the biggest offender of the bunch, saying of Candice, who is black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that b-tch.” She has also leveled slurs at gay contestant Andy and told Helen, who is Asian, to "go make some f---ing rice.” According to TMZ, Aaryn's modeling agency has dropped her for her comments.

Additionally, GinaMarie, Jeremy, and Spencer have also added to the hate speech with varying degrees of offensive language.

CBS finally released a statement about the controversy, telling BuzzFeed:
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. We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. 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.”
Big Brother and CBS certainly have a right to keep such offensive language off the small screen, but Big Brother 12 contestant Ragan Fox thinks the show is doing the viewers a serious disservice by not airing the bigotry. In an open letter, Fox wrote: “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?... 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.”

What do you think? Should CBS air the footage and expose the hatemongering contestants for who they really are? Certainly the show wouldn't want one of these people to win because they withheld the truth from TV viewers. Hit the comments below with your thoughts.
 
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