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Racism, homophobia and network tv

For those who don't follow Big Brother - they have a 24/7 live feed you can subscribe to and watch what's going on in the house at any time. As a result, it's been discovered that about 1/3 of the house are raging racists and homophobes and/or seriously misogynistic. Gradually, CBS has started airing a little bit of these comments. Originally they were covering them up.

Problem is now, they're only showing what a few people have said, leaving the audience in the dark that there are others in the house equally, or even more, offensive unless they subscribe to the live feed or read the websites that report what happens on them.

There have been some repercussions without the comments being included on air - 2 of them have been fired from their jobs. Others have had friends/family make public statements distancing themselves from their comments.

The question - is only showing some and not all acceptable? Some are unmasked and revealed on the network, others get to hide in the recesses of the internet where only devoted fans of the show will ever find out. Should it be all or nothing, or is some better than none?

(Putting this here because it's not just a fluffy tv show discussion, reprehensible as they are, they are legally allowed to make the comments. The question is how they should be delivered to the world.)

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Asked by NotPanicking at 12:23 AM on Jul. 17, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They should send their asses home, after they've aired their racists comments!
    It's absolutely heartbreaking and vile to see...shame on CBS for allowing these disgusting individuals to stay on the show!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 12:43 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • The question is how they should be delivered to the world

    However the network decides to spin the comments is how they should be aired
    Reality TV is not real.
    when one signs the contract one agrees to be portrayed as whatever kind of jackass the network deem sappropriate to increase viewership

    Answer by feralxat at 12:44 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • Reality TV is not real.

    Correct, but the benefits of it are. If you have 5 people who talk about how the black person in the house "got their blackness on my bed" and the Asian person should "shut up and make some rice", but only 2 of them are shown on air, the other 3 can still gain financially without that coming out, despite it being there to show.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 12:48 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • It all comes out in the end NP. The reaction to what aired on tv is more immediate, but the internet stuff will haunt the rest.
    As for your question, I'm with feral. The producers should edit it the way they see fit because it's manipulated reality. I also can see why the "outed" racists might cry foul that the rest weren't, but tough. They signed up for the gig.

    Answer by tessiedawg at 1:07 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • @feral, Reality T.V. has made a lot of these Reality Stars into household names, and some have gone on to have their own shows, represented large corporations by selling their products etc.
    NP, there has been so much talk about the ones that are not aired, that guilty by association alone will screw their lives up.
    Hell, even one mother came forward and said, "this is not my son", he's just playing the game! REALLY!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 1:07 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • I don't watch, but it would make sense for them to air the bigotry equally. I am sure they choose the things that they think will garner larger ratings, so I doubt they will make it equal.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:07 AM on Jul. 17, 2013

  • I think they should air it all. If those people are stupid enough to go on national TV and say such disgusting things they should be prepared to face every bit of the consequences. I think by now we have seen enough "reality TV" to know what your getting yourself into.

    Answer by LadybugTash at 10:43 PM on Jul. 21, 2013

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