‘Big Brother’ Producers Claim Casting Isn’t Racially Motivated After Backlash
Big Brother 21 fans have been frustrated watching this new season. Now producers are responding through a joint statement. Find out what they had to say about casting and the racist comments heard during live feeds.
Fans were upset about the racism showed in the current season of Big Brother
The newest season of the show took a turn fast. That’s because the minorities in the cast became the targets in the house quickly. There were also multiple troubling comments made behind their backs from other houseguests.
Fans made a petition to get Jack Matthews removed from the show because of what he said about Kemi Fakunle. “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 petition.
Although it has over 8,000 signatures, Matthews wasn’t removed. His comment wasn’t shown on the show either. He was also more recently seen talking about Isabella Wang when he made a racist comment.
Tommy Bracco says “the proof is in the pudding” only for Matthews to say “in the rice pudding.” This led to fans calling the show out for continuing to have him on despite this.
Audrey Middleton tweeted that the show doesn’t care about representation
Audrey Middleton was the first out transgender houseguest on season 17. When fans were talking about being frustrated with the show’s representation the veteran tweeted about that season.
“I have never said this publicly, mostly out of fear, however, Big Brother doesn’t give a sh*t about representation A week before I was cast I was flown out to LA and *told* I should come out on national television because they were worried about perception,” Middleton tweeted.
“The producers told me, there was so much positivity around Kaitlyn [sic] Jenner’s coming out they didn’t want to be the only network airing negativity. They said if I didn’t come out it would look bad and then told me I should come out when the Champaign [sic] was popped,” the veteran continued.
Middleton doubted that anything would be done about Matthews and the other houseguests that have been accused of racism. “They protect the worst individuals on the show and undermine the edits of the minorities because they need people to keep watching. They can’t exploit the Jack’s [sic] because they need to be likable for the long game to retain viewership,” explained the former houseguest.
Producers released a joint statement to address concerns from fans
People reports that CBS and the producers of Big Brother released a statement. It addressed the racist comments heard on the live feeds and their casting process.
“BIG BROTHER is a multi-platform reality competition show about a group of people who live in a house for several months with no contact from the outside world. The audience is able to view the show during the multiple weekly broadcasts as well as on the 24/7 live, online stream, which captures unedited content of the contestants unfiltered moments in the House,” they said.
The statement continued, “At times, the Houseguests say things that we do not condone. We share some of the viewers’ concerns about inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, and producers have addressed specific incidents with the Houseguests involved. However, there is absolutely no truth that the casting of the show is racially motivated, that the Houseguests’ behavior is predetermined or that the outcome is controlled in any way.”
In the end, the producers are claiming that they have addressed specific incidents but didn’t go into detail how. It doesn’t sound like they plan on removing anyone before they are evicted to address the fan petition.