For everyone out there curious as to if Big Brother 20 would address some of the recent controversies in the house, it seems as though they are doing that on Sunday night’s new episode.
This is a subject that we wrote about previously: JC dropped the n-word in a conversation with Bayleigh, which he said within a discussion of how it is disrespectful for people to refer to those with dwarfism using a derogatory term. Bayleigh was immediately upset over hearing the world, and the live feeds cut off shortly after that.
You can hear more of our response to this entire issue in the video below (subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more); it’s certainly interesting to see Julie Chen almost promote that this is going to be a part of the upcoming episode. Clearly, this shows a cognizance on her part and production’s part that this is something that is being talked about and the show wants to get in on it. Given the way in which the feeds cut off, it’s rather hard to know in advance just how the conversation between JC and Bayleigh was ultimately resolved. Maybe JC learned something and the two came to a better understanding, though it doesn’t change that what JC said is categorically wrong and he knew it was a terrible thing to say. He could’ve just said “n-word” rather than the word and still made his point.
Can a show like Big Brother actually deliver a nuanced conversation on cultural sensitivity? Well, we’ll have to see. We just hope that whatever turns out here ends up being better than Big Brother 15. Given that this has been a very good season strategically, we want to see it defined more by that than controversy revolving around someone like JC or what happened earlier this season with Angela and Rachel.
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