Homophobic: Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder
Gay and racial slurs have been edited out of a broadcast of the US version of the Big Brother reality show.
The slurs were recently referenced by contestant Chima Simone, who was delivering a plea to stay on the show. She referred to an incident in which fellow housemate Braden Bacha used racial Mexican slurs against two other contestants, as well as sexual insults against the show’s host Julie Chen, all of which were edited out of the show.
Gay slurs made by 30 year old advertising salesman Jeff Schroeder during an argument in a previous episode were also censored.
The offensive comments by Schroeder were however broadcast on a live web feed from the house earlier this month. In a tirade against two male housemates, he called one a “fag” and later said “fuck you, you fucking homo faggot,” and “you fucking jealous fags”.
CBS, the American network which airs the show, said the slurs were removed from the broadcast because they were offensive and did not meet the network’s standards.
It said in a statement on Friday that “any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or the broadcast, are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”
Surprisingly, some gay activists have slated the broadcaster’s decision: They say that the slurs – along with producers taking action against the offenders – should have been broadcast.
Big Brother features several contestants who are isolated in a house, avoiding eviction by the public in order to win a $500 000 prize.