Reality Show, Big Brother Sparks Racism Controversy


Reality show “Big Brother,” now in its 15th season, has attracted a lot of headlines this season as a result of the racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments that a few of the house guests have been saying.

After public pressure to show the derogatory comments, CBS aired a segment showing a few of the worst offenders (Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman) on the July 7 episode. Prior to airing the comments, CBS released the following statement:

“Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives,” the statement reads. “At times, the house guests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the house guests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a house guest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program”

Both Zimmerman and Gries have recently been fired from their jobs as a result of their racist remarks.

“Big Brother” host, Julie Chen and the co-hosts of the daytime television show, “The Talk” discuss the comments made by some of the reality show contestants  below.