Racism, misogyny and homophobia have surfaced on CBS’s "Big Brother," prompting the network to respond to comments on the show’s live feed, TMZ.com reports.
CBS released a statement to the website, saying: "We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive." The network also said that live programming can reveal unpleasant aspects of people, adding, "At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone."
Among the comments noted in the TMZ report:
— GinaMarie referred to welfare as “n**ger insurance”
— Aaryn called gay contestant Andy a "queer."
— Spencer referred to Andy as “Kermit the F**" … and praised Hitler as a gifted speaker.
Zap2It.com adds that another houseguest, Jeremy, continuously refers to women as "bitches," while a discussion among GinaMarie, Aaryn and Kaitlin "got rather ugly" on the subject of race, with the houseguests referring to black contestants in the house as "tokens."
According to Zap2It, Kaitlin said to another contestant, "I can’t trust anyone, n****." She then added, "I just said the N-word!"
Zap2It adds that Aaryn used disparaging language to refer to Andy, noting that he would probably get MVP because "people love the queers."
TMZ adds: "There have been rumors that ‘Big Brother’ will be 86ing some of the offensive cast members — but it certainly doesn’t appear that’s gonna happen."