‘Big Brother’: Josh Martinez Addresses His Race and The Cookout’s Historic Run

Houseguests have talked more about race on Big Brother 23 that it also has fans talking. The Cookout is making history, but fans wondered how Josh Martinez’s win comes into play. This is what he had to say about his race and The Cookout.

Josh Martinez won ‘Big Brother 19’

Josh Martinez on 'Big Brother' leans on a counter as he talks to other houseguests.
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Martinez won Big Brother 19 and has continued to be on reality television. He currently competes on The Challenge.

He previously was asked about his background on Twitter, and he tweeted in 2018, “I’m Afro Latino 100 percent Cuban bud.” His family also posted a statement on his Twitter account a year earlier reading, “We were raised to accept people for who they are and not for the color of their skin. We are a diverse family. Our grandmothers are Black, my father is Black, and my mother’s father is Spaniard. We are black. Josh’s favorite artist is Kanye and his HOH album is The Life of Pablo so he has the song stuck in his head. I’m sorry if anyone was offended just know he didn’t mean it.”

It looks like these tweets led to some fans being confused about whether a Black person has already won Big Brother. Martinez took to Twitter to set the record straight.

Josh Martinez addresses his race and The Cookout’s historic run

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The Cookout on Big Brother 23 includes Derek Frazier, Xavier Prather, Hannah Chaddha, Azah Awasum, Tiffany Mitchell, and Kyland Young. The alliance has been focused on becoming the final six to make sure the season produces the first Black winner of the show. Some fans wondered if that has already been accomplished with Martinez’s win but he set the record straight.

“I’m the first Latino “Hispanic” to Win Big brother and only 3 POC have Won the show but we’ve never haven’t had a African American win the show. And that’s why I’m extremely happy that this szn [sic] is going to change that. I hope that addresses all of you constantly in my mentions,” Martinez tweeted on Sept. 7.

One fan asked, “‘We’ve never haven’t had’? Don’t you mean ‘we’ve never had an African American win the show’?” Martinez then replied, “You get what I’m saying [wink emoji].”

Some members of The Cookout have named previous Black players as their inspiration for winning the game. Da’Vonne Rogers is one of them and she has reacted to their gameplay.

“I just know you and Tiffany would’ve done some damage together,” one fan tweeted at her. “Ya know what lol I’m actually NOT that good at the game .. I’m glad sis is on her own season. My paranoia would’ve ruined everything,” Rogers tweeted.

The Cookout has made it to the final eight with Alyssa Lopez and Claire Rehfuss. They’ll most likely follow through on their plan to evict them next, then play for themselves. It looks like they have the support of Rogers and Martinez for having the goal of the first African American to win the show.