‘Big Brother’: Cody Nickson Defends The Cookout, Says Calling It Racist Is an ‘Absurd Stretch’

Big Brother alums continue to weigh in on the biggest controversies of the new season. The Cookout is one of the main alliances in the house. Some fans are mad about their goal, but Cody Nickson addressed some of the accusations made against them.

The Cookout formed on ‘Big Brother 23’

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The cast of Big Brother 23 didn’t wait long to start forming alliances. One group of people made an understanding to look out for each other this season and called themselves “The Cookout.”

This includes Tiffany Mitchell, Derek Frazier, Xavier Prather, Kyland Young, and Azah Awasum. Although they have each other’s backs, they agreed not to meet often in order to avoid suspicion. They also have ties to Hannah Chaddha, but she’s not an official member.

The Cookout’s members are all Black. They all have the common hope that someone Black will win this season, which would be a first for the USA version of Big Brother. The members of The Cookout are on different teams and also have separate alliances. But so far, all of the members of The Cookout have stayed in the house, and Travis Long and Brandon “Frenchie” French were the first people to be evicted.

Cody Nickson defends The Cookout, says fans are making an “absurd stretch”

Big Brother 19 Cody Nickson is holding 2 ropes as he's competing.
Big Brother 19 Cody Nickson | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

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Alliances that only included white people have been on the show many times. But some fans are making accusations against The Cookout because it only includes Black people. Cody Nickson from Big Brother 19 was asked in his Instagram Story by a fan on July 26, “Thoughts on bb and how ‘The Cookout’ is basically all Blacks gets whites out. Racist?”

He answered, “No. They don’t hate white people, that’s an absurd stretch. They came together based on trust, not on hate. You’ve seen a lot of white alliances on the show… you’d have to judge them with the same measure.”

The former houseguest continued, “In society we see people we trust and we go towards them. If I’m in a large group and I see a bunch of Marine Corps Infantrymen standing together, I would right to them.”

The Cookout’s other connections could hurt them

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The July 25 episode showed Xavier trying to find a pawn and a target as Head of Household. He decided to target Brent Champagne and put Britni D’Angelo up as a pawn. He picked Britni because she was recently used as a pawn and didn’t have much power to fight back.

But Britni is on Team Jokers with Azah, who didn’t want her to be used as a pawn again. This led to a heated discussion between Xavier and Azah.

“If you’re gonna put somebody up, then put me up,” she told him privately. “I don’t like the fact that her being just toyed around like some pawn. I don’t like it. So if you’re gonna put somebody up, just put me up. That’s just how I feel.”

“We all had this conversation,” he said. “Not one of us is putting another one of us up. I will be distraught if you went home.” This is in reference to The Cookout. 

He put Britni on the block anyway. This might be a taste of how other alliances could affect The Cookout in the future. For now, they have a lot of people in the house.