Big Brother contestant expelled because of racism
A contestant on the British version of Big Brother has been expelled from the house by the shows producers and Channel 4 for using a racial epithet. Sources say that the contestant used the n-word on the air which caused his expulsion.
The producers were quick to act after the incident partly due to the fact that a previous season of Celebrity Big Brother had a racial incident as well. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was the victim of a racial tirade and has spoken out in favor of the recent ousting.
Will this incident have an effect on the American version of Big Brother? In the past, houseguests have been expelled for exhibiting dangerous behavior but none have ever been punished for things they have said. In fact, insults and threats seem to fly quite freely in the BB house almost every season.
With the latest season of BB gearing up here in the US, producers are sure to be paying close attention to this story. Where will they draw the line? Some of you may remember in the fourth season of Big Brother, when Jee first nominated Erika for eviction. afterward she went to the backyard for a smoke and proceeded to call Jee a "Korean piece of shit" and a "fresh off the boat immigrant." While her statements contain no specific epithets, there's no question that there is a racist element.
If there is a similar incident in the US, it will, most likely, never see the light of day since producers are quick to censor the live shows as well as the feed on CBS' website. Keeping the story quiet, however is a much more difficult task