Big Brother season 20 contestants Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler are under fire after making racist comments. The comments were made on the 24/7 livestream and were called out by fans. The two cast members, who are white, used the term "ghetto" when discussing their skin color, which came about as the result of tanning. Swindler added, "My stomach is as dark as Bay. I can't be in the sun for two days straight...I will change ethnicities. I already have." Bay, referring to their African-American roommate, Bayleigh Dayton.
Rummans made matters worse when she responded with, "I'm looking ghetto here with the skin coloration." She also compared the hair of contestant Chris "Swaggy C" Williams' to a rodent. This is not the first time that the show has been called out this season. Big Brother season 20 also was met with controversy when JC Mounduix was seen touching the genitals of several contestants, both male and female, with an ice cream scooper. The 28-year-old dancer told contestant Kaycee Clark to "open up your vagina," to which she responded "no." None of those on the show have complained about his behavior, but fans on social media were not happy.
Some have called for CBS to remove them from the series as a result. Sexual harassment and general misconduct have been major hot-button issues over the last year or so in Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which led to the Time's Up and #MeToo movements. The idea of CBS removing someone from Big Brother isn't unheard of though. There are several examples over the years. The most famous of which came during season 2 when Justin Sebik was kicked from the show after putting a knife to another contestants throat and threatening to kill her. Granted, none of these incidents seem quite as extreme but nevertheless, the network will likely have to at the very least address them. CBS does issue this warning to those who are going to watch the livestream.
"Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7. At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised."
Big Brother has been a steady hit for the network for two decades and moved over to their streaming platform, CBS All Access, in 2016. CBS has not yet responded to these incidents and it's unclear if any action will be taken. Big Brother season 20 airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on CBS. You can check out some of the social media reactions from fans for yourself below. This was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.