Big Brother 8's Amber speaks out on anti-Semitic rant
While I didn't get a chance to talk to Amber myself -- probably a good thing -- our friends over at Buddy TV asked her some of the tough questions show fans had in mind in an exclusive interview. I suggest you check out the entire interview, but I want to touch on one of the questions and her answers while adding my two cents in here.
The single most nagging issue, and perhaps most controversial one, concerns Amber's anti-Semitic remarks while in the house. Now, if you recall, she said (paraphrasing) that New York is full of "greedy and selfish Jews" and she can always pick a Jewish person out by his nose and name. Not only that, but she didn't like them. I saw that conversation play out live on the feeds. She indeed said it and she said it in the manner in which it comes across -- prejudiced and rude.In the last page of the Buddy TV interview, Amber herself said she wanted to address the anti-Semitic comments. Did she apologize? Nope, not really. She said, and I quote: "... I was talking to Jameka and I made that comment, it came from a bad place."
You bet it did! What Amber doesn't seem to understand is that the "bad place" is inside of her. And, following that reasoning, it doesn't matter her moods or whatever, the thought was something from within her, "bad place" or not. It aired over the live feeds and is caught on YouTube for eternity, or however long the current technology lasts. I realize that many folks have those "bad places" within them, but when you're exposed for the world to see -- well, it tends to make you look not only prejudiced, but a bit stupid to even say such a thing, as well.
Here are a few more of her comments on the anti-Semitic remarks and my take on them:
- "... the words I should've used, money-making and hard working, and goal-oriented instead of saying selfish and money-hungry, I didn't mean those in rude ways."
- "It's not me to sit around and criticize people, I'm not prejudiced, I love everybody."
- "Again, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry, I can't tell you that enough."
Now you see why I wouldn't be a great interviewer, eh? But she side-stepped and sugar-coated the whole thing instead of just coming out and saying "I was wrong to say that. It was a prejudicial remark. I apologize to all I offended and will work on dealing with my personal biases which obviously do exist within me."
That's all she need say.
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