CBS offended by Big Brother racist contestants, but not enough to put them off the show

“The honchos at CBS tell TMZ … they were certainly OFFENDED by several racist and homophobic comments made by the current “Big Brother” houseguests … but hey, that’s live programming for ya.
The houseguests have been under fire from what appears to be the ENTIRE INTERNET over the following comments:
— 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. CBS has released a statement to TMZ … saying, “We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive.”
However, The Eye points out that 24/7 live programming can sometimes reveal some bad things about people … saying, “At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.” 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.” What I find interesting is if these statements were made by someone on one of the networks scripted shows they would have been fired no questions asked, but since this is “reality” television an apology is viewed as a sufficient response. What do you think should the constestants who have made the reacist, homophobic slurs be allowed to stay on the show?
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  • Bill  On July 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I seriously doubt that CBS is offended by the antics of their cast. Can you think of a better way to attract gawkers from the victimized classes as well as the population at large? I suspect that they will closely monitor any change in the ratings of the show as compared to any expressed outrage and do a typical cost/benefits analysis. If they are truly offended someone would be fired. But they really should thank all of the bloggers who are providing free publicity for a mostly unheard of show.

  • Henry  On July 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    – Paula Deen used an offensive word that a great many in the black community constantly use on their own people

    – A witness in the George Zimmerman trial can’t read cursive

    – Sesame Street characters might be gay

    – Cast members from Big Brother have made stupid and offensive comments

    This blog is turning into a parody of itself. It is becoming a sideshow, a distraction to the real and impactful issues facing our society.

    In the last few weeks, there have been somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 shootings on the streets of Baltimore, almost half of them fatal. I’m not even going to get into the statistics on the education issues and poverty facing the black community.

    It boggles the mind that you’d rather talk about Paula Deen than focus on things of substance and meaning. How do focusing on these trivial and insignificant topics contribute to the discourse you claim to be interested in producing? Could it be that you don’t want to take a hard look at these issues because the reality is just too much to handle?

    Thank you.

    • musesofamom  On July 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Henry, I appreciate that you read the blog but I will continue to address issues in politics, race and pop culture. If you believe it no longer is relevant I thank you for reading, and I hope you find one that discusses the issues close to your heart.

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