I have not had the chance to watch last night’s live eviction episode of Big Brother 15 yet, although I know Nick is gone and Helen is HOH and Julie Chen’s hair is overtaking her body. So I haven’t seen GinaMarie cry a pagenat river over Nick’s eviction yet, and I haven’t seen Jeremy fail at HOH…
Because the hours following the actual episode have been so much more real and scathing…providing a glimpse into what racism looks like when nobody is watching:
I say “when nobody is watching” because people like Aaryn and GinaMarie are behaving as if there’s nobody watching, and probably behaving the way they do outside the house when they know nobody’s watching. So what now?
CBS is not to blame for there being racists in America, nor are they to blame for casting them. They cast based on personality types and IQs and skin color…then threw in some STDs and silicone and hair extensions…and there you have it.
What CBS is to blame for is their failure to have some contingency plan for cases where white women and/or men in the Big Brother house become hostile in their overt racism, and stresses of the house. If there are emergency plans for fires and earthquakes clearly CBS needs to have something for racists. I’m sure they will, after this season, but for now they’re doing their “best” to address some really B I G realities. Realities, as in this shit happens every day thousands of times a day outside of the Big Brother house. It just may be that you live somewhere “where this doesn’t really happen” or people have become better at hiding it in light of public consequences.
Hate in America based on a minority race is there when you’re born and while you live, and out-lives you for long after you’re dead. That’s racism. If you married or impregnated yourself into an ethnicity or ever had a friend or mentor of color, then you’ve probably witnessed some form of racism yourself and hurt just like everyone else hurts when someone they care about suffers senseless hate. I’ve noticed that these realities are mercilessly raw to some fans of Big Brother, while for other fans like me and any other fan of ethnic background this is nothing new.
The important thing for everyone to take away is that one season of Big Brother will not end racism. Nothing will, but Big Brother will make or break people because of racism. It’s happened already and is happening now.
In real life I have to live with racists around me or living next door to me or shopping at the same supermarket as me, and I don’t always get the satisfaction of putting racists on blast like it’s happening on BB15. I can’t beat the shit out of racists on a daily basis but I can avoid them, and sometimes I can key their car in the parking lot or give them the evil eye in the hopes that their eyebrows fall out right in front of me. Sometimes I do confront these pieces of human trash depending on the specific situation, because we all pick our own battles.
In the house, you can’t get physical with a racist or wipe someone’s hat up and down your Cherokee crack, but you can be a racist. As soon as we understand this, we can better understand that those experiencing racism as an everyday occurrence and not just a hot issue of the summer, see this is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing that more people are aware, but it is a curse because the closeted racists are becoming angrier and angrier like some stifled yeast ready to explode.
I’m not angry but I am aching a little inside thinking about Howard and Candice and Helen and their families having to go through more than I ever had to go through in a house that’s supposed to be part fun and part misery, but not racial cruelty.
PLEASE CBS call a house meeting and address this with the HGs.