CBS is facing some controversy in Big Brother USA’s 20th season over some of its contestant’s comments and actions.
Big Brother USA fans are fuming over the behaviour of some of the show’s houseguests that many are calling racist that was overheard on the show’s 24/7 live feed. Additionally, the actions of another houseguest are also creating some negative reaction from viewers.
Monday night saw houseguests Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler having a discussion and they used the term “ghetto” when talking about another contestant, Bayleigh, who happens to be African American.
“My stomach is as dark as Bay,” Rachel said. “I can’t be in the sun for two days straight…I will change ethnicities. I already have.”
Angela added: “I’m looking ghetto here with the skin coloration.”
Angela would take it a step further when she discussed Chris Williams’ hair and compared it to a “rodent.” Fans were quick to fire back on social media with many feed watchers deeming the comments racist and inappropriate.
The controversy continues for the show after JC Mounduix was accused by fans of sexually harassing two contestants. He was seen on the feeds inappropriately touching a male contestant’s genitals with an ice cream scooper and groping a female contestant’s breast.
JC’s actions have fans urging CBS to remove him from the house.
CBS released a statement on Tuesday night, revealing show producers have talked with the houseguests about their actions and gave them a warning.
“Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone. The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS.”
This is not the first time Big Brother USA has been under fire for racist comments. Back in the show’s 15th season, contestant Aaryn Gries was evicted to boos after the show broadcasted some of her comments that many felt were racist.
Big Brother 20 airs currently on CBS in the US.
Updated: July 3, 10:26 p.m.