'Big Brother': More Racist Remarks Put Producers, CBS on Defensive

Image: 'Big Brother': More Racist Remarks Put Producers, CBS on Defensive Amanda Zuckerman

Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 12:43 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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CBS reality show "Big Brother" is in the news again for a string of ethnically insensitive remarks, putting producers and even the network's chief executive Leslie Moonves on the defensive.

In an exchange caught on the show's 24-hour Internet feed of the house, Amanda Zuckerman, who's white, complained about a black cast member putting a headband on her greasy, "nappy-hair head."

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Zuckerman also referred to another black housemate as "the dark knight" and "the black mamba," mocked the accent of a Korean woman and referred to "Puerto Rican showers," The Associated Press said, leading to a debate about whether or not she's racist.

"I'm just joking," said Zuckerman, a 28-year-old real estate agent from Boynton Beach, Fla., per the AP. "I've had sex with Puerto Rican guys before."

Moonves, whose wife Julie Chen hosts "Big Brother," said last week he finds some of the behavior on the show "absolutely appalling," the AP reports.

Earlier this summer, two other cast members – Ginamarie Zimmerman and Aaryn Gries – lost their real-world jobs after anti-black comments they made on the show became public.

Howard Overby, one of two African-American contestants on the show, was evicted last week and admitted to Chen it was hard to hold his tongue about what he felt in the "Big Brother" house.

"Probably the hardest thing in the world," Howard told Chen in a video on The Huffington Post. "I just chose to take the high road, you know? Let them have that. I’m not going to get down to their level. Just accept it as it is and pray about it. There it is."

In another strange "Big Brother" incident this week, contestant Spencer Clawson was investigated by the Conway, Ark., police department after he made comments about child pornography, according to TMZ.com.

Clawson said he was joking with another contestant, but that didn't prevent Arkansas authorities from doing a preliminary inquiry.

Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary told TMZ: "Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter. At this time we haven't found that any criminal act was committed."

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