Big Brother 20: CBS issues statement on offensive comments, behavior

Big brother 20CBS has officially commented on some recent actions made within the Big Brother 20 house, and what we are seeing here is a slight reversal from some of how they have handled this in the past.

If you recall, back in season 15 it seemed like CBS was okay with allowing the contestants to repeatedly destroy their own reputations by not flat-out addressing the subject until the finale. Because of that, this season is referred to in some ways as the “racist season,” even if not everyone on it made such negative comments. Yet, the actions of a group ended up being projected onto many, and we’re not altogether surprised that the network wants this to not be the case with their landmark 20th season. Contestants Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler have already come under fire for comments that they’ve made regarding their skin tone, while JC Monduix has been under fire for inappropriately touching contestants as well as simulating sexual acts.

Take a look at the full statement below:

Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone … The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS.”

As for whether or not giving these contestants a stern talking to is enough punishment for you, we’ll leave that to everyone in the comments. What we are curious about moving forward is seeing if the behavior changes on the live feeds or if any of these contestants start to show some element of remorse. Note that the statement does not single out any contestant, but the two “incidents’ mentioned are likely Rachel / Angela’s comments as well as JC’s actions. These three now have a sense that they are in some degree of trouble — we’re sure that producers have not told them that there are people discussing these actively in the real world, but they can put two and two together. This is mostly just notable in that this is one of the sternest warnings that we’ve seen CBS give at least for making offensive comments; the last time that we had an expulsion was back in season 14 when Willie Hantz was about to get into a fight with Chef Joe.

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