Big Brother’s 20th season is not even a week old and the show is already facing huge controversy over the comments and actions of several contestants.
Live feed watchers took to Twitter late Monday night to call out several houseguests for racist comments while accusing another of sexual harassment.
Monday night saw houseguests Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler on the show’s 24/7 live feed. The ladies were having a conversation when Rachel used the term “ghetto” when discussing a fellow houseguest, Bayleigh, who is African-American.
“My stomach is as dark as Bay,” Rachel said. “I can’t be in the sun for two days straight…I will change ethnicities. I already have.”
Angela responded: “I’m looking ghetto here with the skin coloration.”
Later on in the night, Angela would also compare Swaggy C’s hair to a “rodent.”
CBS has not commented on the situation.
Fellow houseguest Kaycee Clark also felt out of place after she commented, wondering how she got stuck in the “white” alliance.
This accusation of racism comes after fans have previously called for JC Mounduix to be removed from the house for actions deemed as sexual harassment. Live feed watchers saw JC inappropriately touching a male contestants’ genitals and then groping a female contestants’ breast.
CBS released a statement on the matter late Tuesday night, revealing the houseguests had been given a warning for their actions.
“Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives,” the statement read. “At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone. The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS.”
This is not the first time that Big Brother faced fan backlash over the controversy of racism. Season 15 houseguest Aaryn Gries was evicted to boos after her comments were seen as homophobic and racist. Aaryn had called a gay contestant a “queer” and referred to Asians as “squinty-eyed.”
Updated: July 3, 10:30 p.m.