We may only be a few days into this season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” but one thing already appears to be happening: Controversy surrounding comments that people make in the house.
Specifically, this time around we have Stacy Francis getting chided by much of social media, and then also the show itself, after referring to Austin Armacost as “the gay boy” when asking why fellow contestant Ray J would want to share a bed with him. The comment was overheard by some people in the house, which led to her trying to say that the comment was meant merely as a joke and not something to be taken seriously.
In a statement now per the Daily Mail, the show confirmed that producers have spoken to Francis (best known for her part on the American “X Factor”) for her use of the language:
“As part of standard procedures, Big Brother often reminds housemates that language in the house can raise concerns and this was discussed with Stacy.”
One of the main differences between the British and American versions of the show is that while the latter does have more of a tendency to allow things to play out completely uninterrupted (see “Big Brother 15,” or even Corey’s goat story on the show this past summer), the British series has less of a tolerance for things when it comes to offensive comments that upset their viewership. They may be more lenient on a few other things, but they take anything of this nature rather seriously and they would expel based on it if the comments were viewed as severe enough.
For now, we’ll see what happens moving forward with Stacy.
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