7.12.2013

BB15: How Should Big Brother Handle Racism?

BB15 Big Brother Racism
Big Brother racism is rampant, thanks to Aaryn Gries, devil.

You don't need me to tell you it's been the craziest first couple of weeks inside the Big Brother house EVER, and last night after Nick's eviction, the house was turned upside down (including Candice's bed) after the power shift.

The BB15 live feeds were insane. And yes, Aaryn continued to display mind blowing, vile behavior. Read my recap of the drama here.

Amanda, on the other hand, put the little Aryan in her place by revealing her secrets to Kaitlyn and Jeremy. It was fantastic to watch, perhaps the single best moment in Big Brother for the past two seasons. Aaryn got what was coming to her, at least from Amanda, and it was just a taste of what she has waiting for her outside of the Big Brother house.

I'm not sure CBS and Big Brother quite know how to handle this situation, so they have been treading lightly. But what I think they really need to do is take a note from Big Brother UK, who knows how to deal with such situations.

We all know that racism has been prevalent inside the BB15 house, but as fans of the game I'd love your ideas on how CBS should handle racism in the future.

My opinion is this, BB15 should take notes from BBUK. Now, I am still a bit of a newb when it comes to BBUK, but the way they deal with this sort of controversy is ... they nip it in the bud. In fact, on BBUK this season there was a small issue with "racism" but it didn't even come CLOSE to what is happening inside the Big Brother house on this side of the pond.

Jemima, a 42-year-old cougar in the house, told other houseguests that she likes dark men, but not black men. That she doesn't find them attractive. Some of the cast were offended, and Big Brother immediately took action. Jemima was called into the Diary Room and given an official warning.

The great thing about this is that BBUK reminds her of the rules, stating that she was warned about this sort of behavior before even entering the house.
LESSON: Big Brother US should make it clear, before the show even begins, that hate speech will not be tolerated. 
Jemima is called to the DR to be warned. Her diary room session consists of Big Brother having her explain herself, then a warning is given. "Jemima, do you understand how this language could be unacceptable to either your fellow housemates or to the viewing public?" Big Brother asks her. (Yes BBUK has both men & women as the BB voice.)

"Big Brother does deem this language to be unacceptable and potentially offensive. Big Brother does not tolerate this unacceptable language and therefore is issuing you with a formal warning. If you repeat this sort of language again, Big Brother may have no choice but to remove you from the house." -BBUK

This DR session is then aired for the viewing public to see. It's not a hush-hush secret between the houseguest and Big Brother.

Watch for yourself:

 

Now, I personally didn't feel Jemima had done anything wrong, I don't believe she is racist, nor do I believe she meant to offend or hurt anyone when she said it. This all happened a few weeks back, before ANY of the Aaryn racism crap had emerged on BB15.

At the time I thought BBUK was overreacting. But now that I have seen the racism on Big Brother 15, I absolutely think what they did was the right thing. They put an end to it immediately.

Another thought, Big Brother Australia had The Naughty Corner last season and it was amazing. A punishment room, viewable to everyone. Where houseguests are called on their Big Brother infractions.

 

So tell me, BB15 fans, what would you like to suggest to CBS to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future?

10 comments:

  1. I think CBS is handling it perfectly. It has woven into the storyline (albiet through coaxing of Amanda and Howard in the DR) and are letting America see what is really being said UNCENSORED. I don't think racism should be censored. If we turn a blind eye to racism, the we can never fully discuss it and work towards ending it.

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  2. This is exactly what BB15 should have done from the very first comment.

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  3. By no means am I defending anything anyone has said in the BB15 house, but this becomes a slippery slope. I don't think Jemima said anything wrong either and I think BBUK overreacted. What Aaryn and others have said is much worse and I think that if BB15 did what BBUK did, that would be appropriate.

    I know I said some boneheaded things in my early and mid 20's and would have benefitted from someone calling me out on it. Definitely would have made a difference if I was playing for 500K.

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  4. So, you cannot announce your preference in a sexual partner unless it includes all races, genders and hair color? WTH is wrong with the UK anyway?

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    1. It went a little bit (but not much) further than that - when Jemima was challenged by a black girl on what she didn't like about black men she tried to defend herself by a) listing a bunch of other races she would never go out with and b) saying the black girl wouldn't go out with a white guy.

      Not much, I grant you, but it's still racial stereotyping which is not accepted.

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  5. One of the biggest problems I see with CBS handling these situations like BBUK is that FIRST and FOREMOST, there is NO BIG BROTHER.
    There's no booming voice of authority in that house unless they are singing, or Grodner gets her nasty gob on the mic and separates fighting Houseguests (i.e. Hantz). The US version of Big Brother is the ONLY version that doesn't have the voice booming "This Is Big Brother......".
    So if there is no voice of authority unless a producer steps in, then why on earth would the HG's think there is any kind of discipline to be followed?
    CBS needs to chuck that racist out of the house. Forget this "woven into the storyline" B.S. Her words are offensive and hurtful. Isn't Big Brother also beholden to "protect Houseguets"? When I caught a fleeting image of that Gina Marie getting in the black girls face, there was no "BIG BROTHER" voice to tell her to calm down and go to the DR. Where was the voice of authority?
    I'll tell you where.
    It's on the dollar bill.
    That's what keeps people like Aaryn and Gina Marie in.
    Viewing numbers are EXPLODING over this.
    BBUK wouldn't put up with it for a New York Minute.
    For all of the faults and complaints I have with BBUK, I can honestly say that they try to keep the integrity of the game intact instead of running to the bank and cashing in on hate speech.

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    1. "The black girl's" name is Candice.

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  6. BB should have pulled Aaryn into the DR, and accused her of making the racial comments, and given a her a right to reply.
    BB getting other housemates (seemingly Amanda) to do the dirty work is not really acceptable, and Aaryn has largely dismissed them.

    In the UK, Jemima was wrongly accused I think. Unfortunately she wasn't equipped to defend herself in the DR, and just rolled over.

    A good example of a housemate taking the opportunity to defend themselves against the accusation was in Big Brother UK 10. Marcus was accused of being racist because he was impersonating another housemate, Sree, a student from India. Marcus successfully argued that BB was being selective on who was allowed to impersonate who based on race.
    Shame the video of it seems to have been deleted from youtube.

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  7. The houseguests, Aaryn I think mentioned that she got warned by BB and she joked about it after. So they have tried to talk to her about it, but she doesn't think she is doing anything wrong and probably wont till she is not the "cool" kid anymore and until she gets voted off or asked to leave.

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  8. It wasn't racist on the British show, it was probably warned just for the sensationalist tabloids to feed on. And that's the hyprocrisy, the tabloids are bigoted themselves. So I wouldn't necessarily say it's better in Britain. Also of course they don't have proper live stream at all, and they actually have sound dips too. If they did that in America people would hardly be aware of any of this on the American show it would all be hidden.

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