‘Big Brother’: The Show’s New Twist Could Actually Be Really Racist
Big Brother may just be getting started but some contestants have already been rubbing fans the wrong way. From the very beginning, certain houseguests have been making some questionable decisions that fans have been deeming as racist. And it seems like each new twist of the show just continues to show the players’ true colors.
Which houseguests have been accused of racism?
In week one, host Julie Chen announced that there would be a Camp Director. Without knowing what exactly the role of the Camp Director would be, the house voted Jackson Michie into the position.
“Jackson, congratulations on your new job,” Chen told the contestants once the votes had been counted. “As Camp Director, you will be safe at the first live eviction. As the Director of Camp BB, you must choose to banish four houseguests. The four you choose will be out of the Big Brother game.”
Michie proceeded to choose the only two African Americans in the house, a latina woman, and the oldest housemate to be banished. Luckily for those contestants, three of them were able to come back into the house.
But it didn’t escape fans that Michie only chose minorities to be banished.
Later, another houseguest, Jack Matthews, began to make aggressive comments about the only African American contestant left on the show, Kemi Fakunle.
It all came to a head when he said he wanted to “stomp a mudhole through her chest.”
In response, fans created a petition to get Matthews kicked out of the house.
“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,” the description of the petition reads.
The petition now has over 2,000 signatures.
What’s the new twist?
Last night, Chen revealed a new twist to the show. Now, contestants that are evicted won’t actually be out of the game. Instead, they will move to Camp Comeback, which is a less comfortable cabin inside the Big Brother house. When there are four players in Camp Comeback, they will get the chance to fight their way back into the game.
How could this new twist be racist?
While twists similar to this have been done on Survivor and other shows, it could potentially be problematic in the Big Brother house. If Michie or Matthews gains power, they will inevitably vote Fakunle out of the house, which would mean that the only two African Americans in the game would be living in a segregated section of the house that is not up to the normal BB standards.
And fans are not happy about it.
“FIRE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF CASTING,” one fan tweeted. “There is no gameplay because everyone is focused on getting out the minorities. Given the history of this show and the cast, did you really not expect the twist to result in segregation?!”
Some people are even threatening not to watch the show anymore.
At this point, it would be extremely unlikely for BB to take back the twist, but anything is possible with enough public outcry.