Amanda Zuckerman never ceases to surprise us with her slew of insensitive comments on Big Brother. This past episode was no different, yet it still amazed us all the same. Zuckerman had an unnecessary freak out over her headband and proceeded to grace the house with these words, “She wore my f**kin head band and didn’t ask. She took it off your f**kin head and put it on her greasy-ass, nappy-hair head.” Wow.
The only comedic part of these comments is Zuckerman’s complete ignorance of them. Zuckerman has no problem calling out the other racists in the house, and how their comments will eventually have a negative affect in their house standing. She also claims she’s not racist because she has a black cousin. Classic.
Big Brother is facing intense criticism for the abundance of racial slurs that are said on the show by its contestants. Just last week, contestant Aaryn Gries was released from her modeling agency due to her outrageous commentary. However, there’s nothing CBS can directly do since it’s a reality tv show by nature. CBS has responded with this 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. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest 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.”
However, the host, Julie chen, addresses these racist sentiments during her conversation with the African-American contestant, Howard Overby, after he had been booted from the house. Chen has previously shared her opinions on the racist commentary in the house, and she pressed him as to why he didn’t face the situation head on. Overby responded by saying, “I chose to take the high road. Let them have that, I’m not going to dip down to their level”.
It’s no news that the more shocking the content, the higher the ratings. But maybe CBS should consider casting from a different pool of people for next season.
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