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The Struggle Continues: CBS Reacts to Racist Comments of ‘Big Brother’ Participants

CBS has responded to the ongoing controversy over racist statements made by several “Big Brother” participants that were captured on the reality show’s live Internet feed.

In a statement produced by the network Tuesday night, they stated that they do not condone the offensive comments.

“’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.”

Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman were caught speaking about Howard and Candice, two African-American participants, saying: “Blacks stick together. They’re like tokens. They’re like black Barbie and Kens.” The duo also said Howard and Candice’s “blackness” was starting to come out.


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