‘Big Brother’: Producer Responds to Allegations of Bullying in the House

Big Brother season 21 is in full swing. As with all other seasons, there has been lying, backstabbing, and backdooring, but one thing that has seemed more prevalent this season than any others is the bullying in the house.

From the very beginning of the show, it was clear that Jackson Matthews had a personal vendetta against Kemi Fakunle.

Whenever he spoke about her, his comments would get increasingly aggressive.

“It’s like, b***h you’re f*****g going up and you can play for your veto, but I’m gonna f**k you up,” he once said of Fakunle to another houseguest. “God, dude, she gets me so hyped! I f**kin’ hate…”

But perhaps one of the worst offenses was when he said he would “stomp a mud hole” through Fakunle’s chest.

The abuse got so bad that fans created a petition to get Matthews kicked off of the show.

“Jack Matthews has said numerous racist things and has been very aggressive towards the only black woman in the ‘Big Brother’ house, including saying he wants to ‘stomp a mud hole through her chest.’ He needs to be expelled for Kemi’s safety and to show that it’s not okay to be racist in 2019, especially on tv,” read the description of the petition.

But Fakunle hasn’t been the only guest who has been on the receiving end of some troubling behavior.

What did a producer have to say about the bullying?

A number of the houseguests have been bullied by the biggest alliance on the show, Gr8ful. Last week, it got especially bad with Nicole Anthony.

BB executive producer, Allison Grodner, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the bullying in the house.

“The house dynamics in this social experiment are unpredictable and different every year as people align and realign,” she told the outlet. “The bigger the group, the bigger the chance for some sort of ‘mob mentality.’ It seems to be that ‘mob mentality’ that occurred this past week against Nicole. As a large group, they whipped each other up into a frenzy and it became a major story both in and out of the house.”

What do other houseguests think?

Evicted houseguest David Alexander also spoke to EW about what went on in the house.

“That was very frustrating,” he said of being shut out of social groups. “I wanted to develop friendships and bonds that people had a chance to develop in the house while I was gone. And to come in and kind of be on the outside and to not be able to build those immediately and have the Alphas and the people leading the house, that was very frustrating. The first few days I was excited to be finally in the house, but then immediately felt like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is way worse than I thought it would be.’ But I stuck to my guns and maintained a mostly stable mindset and things really started to get better right before my eviction was final.”

As for the bullying, Alexander also thinks that it was due to a mob mentality mindset.

“The Camp Comeback this year has never been done before to keep people who were evicted in the house. So I think it’s a natural mob mentality thing to ostracize. Like Ovi [Kabir] said, ‘You don’t have the leverage of a vote, you can’t win a Head of Household competition so you don’t deserve to be in the conversation.’ I understood that and I didn’t let that dictate my emotions. It was unfortunate on some emotional aspects, especially for Ovi. We saw his emotional outburst and I tried to coach him to not do that and to just maintain a degree of friendship with everyone in the house, like going along with it. But I understood why they had to do it. I got it. I didn’t agree with it, but it had to be done for their game. I guess.”