Let me preface this by saying I’m new to Big Brother, and the only episode I saw this season was the one that aired Sunday (In which Helen is Head of House and decides who is up for elimination). I did a lot of researching on this season. These are my personal notes and things I just want to point out.
This is a video of the racism and bigotry—along with the homophobia, misogyny, and ableism—in the house. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed here. If you can stomach it, I’d recommend that everybody watch this. The bigotry that these white girls have displayed gets much much much worse—let’s not let the white guys off the hook either, because they were disgusting and wholly encouraged it, mocking the women of color themselves—and most of it wasn’t aired on the actual show. But, there are cameras on 24/7, and you can subscribe to a livestream online. Some livestream viewers were good enough to compile all of their unaired racism—and misogyny—and put it in one big video. It also shows the homophobia, ablism, and misogyny running rampant—all of this, amazingly enough, is solely the white contestants.
Some choice bits include Aaryn and Ginamarie and a third white girl whose name I don’t know making fun of Candice’s—the Black woman— skin, saying things like, “She’s already on the dark side because she’s already dark.” and “Be careful what you say in the dark because you might not see the bitch.” They make fun of Helen, constantly referencing her eyes, making rice jokes, nail salon jokes, and even include some racist misogyny, talking about “happy endings.” The list is endless.
-In the gifset I just reblogged, after having overturned Candice’s mattress and throwing her belongings on the floor, Candice does nothing more than try to talk to her about it, leading Aaryn to mock her, swiveling her neck and speaking in mock Black vernacular, “Whachu gon’ do, gurl? Whachu gon do? Hmm?” What isn’t shown in the gifset is that while Candice tries to speak, GinaMarie, steps in on Aaryn’s behalf, and literally getting nose to nose with Candice (the Black woman who is dealing with their bullshit) and loudly threatening her, “What, is the Black in you gonna come out? We gonna see the Black come out? What are you gonna say? You have something to say? What are you going to do?” and whenever Candice tries to move, GinaMarie will not let her. Whenever Candice tries to speak, Ginamarie cuts her off with more shit talking and threatening posture.
-Howie, the second Black contestant, had to pick Candice up and literally remove her from the room. Let’s talk about how when Candice pleaded with him to let them fight back, to let them stay in that room for the night because she didn’t want to let their racism win in this feud, he refused. Let’s talk about how that’s being seen as him “taking the high ground” by some viewers, and how other white viewers are calling him a coward. Let’s talk about the reality behind why he said that. Let’s talk about how Howie something to the tune of, “If they say something to you, I won’t be able to hold my tongue. I’ll have to fight, and I don’t want to,” and let’s look at the REAL implication of those words, which is that he knows that if he, a Black man, or Candace, a Black woman, dare to even yell at those racist white girls, there will be intense backlash for him and for Candice. Let’s talk about the fact that if Candice fights back, the backlash will hit her harder than it’d ever hit Aaryn, Ginamarie and the third girl. Candice couldn’t eve talk to Aaryn without Ginamarie perceiving her to be a threat and in turn, attempting to silence and intimidate her. Aaryn and Ginamarie may have been unknowingly fired from their real life jobs but you’d better believe much worse can and does happen to PoC for trying to defend themselves against racism.
-Let’s talk about how Amanda, who calls their behavior racist (their behavior, not the girls—this backbending is important to note) isn’t calling them out for sake of being a good person, but to protect them because she doesn’t want the public to think badly of them. “I tried to help you,” she says. Because otherwise, everybody (as in the American public) is going to be on Candice’s side, and think that Aaryn is a terrible person. Let’s also talk about how while Amanda is calling Aayrn’s behavior racist, she called Helen, the Korean American woman, racial slurs referencing Chinese people. When she’s told Helen is Korean, she dismissively says, “Same thing.” When another white girl lets “nigger” slip on camera, and then gasps in horror, “Omg, I just said the n word on camera,” Amanda looks at her and says, “So?” But Amanda is an interesting case. She says racist shit, cosigns racist shit, and is complicit in the racist shit, but she doesn’t think she’s racist. She checks Aaryn on her racism (to protect Aaryn), and openly declares herself to be largely tolerant, saying she doesn’t care about skin color, religion, and a slew of other things, thinking that makes her exempt. She also does this in terms of homophobia. She’s complicit in it, and participates in it herself, even calling the openly gay cast member some choice terms, and once saying it to his face.
-Despite all of this, But she then goes on to crown herself the world’s number one ally in terms of race and sexual orientation. This is another thing that happens frequently. People think that all they have to do to be an ally is tell somebody else that they were wrong. Give somebody a slap on the wrist once, and BOOM. Instant ally status, aren’t I great? She claims to be an ally, but makes homophobic jokes and uses homophobic slurs. She claims to be racially tolerant, but uses racial slurs, dismisses others’ usage of slurs, and makes fun of the PoC for being PoC. And she thinks that she’s not homophobic because “she said so.” She thinks Aaryn is being racist, but does gymnastics to not call her a racist. Amanda thinks that because she told Aaryn that she was being racist, she isn’t racist, despite never checking herself. Calling someone else out—vaguely—is enough.
-Let’s also discuss how Aaryn—arguably the worst of the bunch though none of the others are too far behind—doesn’t see a problem with her behavior. She whines to white castmates that the people of color are the racist ones, not her. She complains several times that people are going to misjudge her. She fauxpologizes, basically tells Candice, “Sorry you were offended,” and has the nerve to basically tell her, “just because I say inappropriate things and come from the south… I don’t want you to think I’m like that.” This happens frequently. People don’t want to be held accountable or recognize what they are. What ARE you like, when you’ve used racial slurs for an entire season and mocked the PoC for their race, what are you like, if not racist? If a whole season’s worth of behavior isn’t a reflection upon what you are like, then what are you?
-Let’s not leave the men out. Let’s discuss how the white men are eager to make fun of Helen, imitating her using accents, and referring to her as Kim Jong Helen Kim. Let’s talk about how one of the white guys—I don’t even know his name—said that Hitler was a great speaker and that that shit was beneficial. When talking about if he’d ever date a woman of color, he says, “No thanks, I have a nice full (pure?) white one at home.” In fact, he seems to be saying that this is what he told one of the WoC contestants after suggesting one of them threw themselves at his feet. (I highly doubt any of the WoC were after him because he seems to be one of the shittiest people there) He also suggests that the only reason the people of color are even present on the show is because they’re people of color. The list goes on for everybody in that house and the bigotry they express against the PoC contestants.
-Let’s talk about how every white person there laughs and snickers when these racist comments are made. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of them. Let’s talk about how some of these white people are the SAME ones who are quick to tell Candice, Helen, and Howie—the three PoC in the house—how offended they were by those racist jokes as soon as they see that Candice is crying. Yeah, they sure were offended when they were laughing and encouraging it to happen and, y’know, not calling them out. One of the white girls laughing at the jokes has the nerve to even go complain to another white person about how offended she was by the racism that she herself was just laughing at and encouraging. The kicker is that this man she’s complaining to is someone else who was actively racist against PoC contestants.
-Let’s talk about how they’re extremely careful not to say it when any PoC are around, unless they’re mocking them to their faces. The one moment when one of them mocks AAVE while saying, “I like Eddie Murphy,” they say this in front of Howie, who says nothing. The other instance, in which Aaryn goes off on her little accent monologue mocking of Helen, is also in front of Howie. They either say these things amongst themselves, or in front of Howie, and I suspect the only reason they think Howie is “safe” is because he remains quiet, all the while unaware that Howie truly stays quiet because he, unlike the white contestants, understands how racism functions. This is also interesting in that it makes us see that most of the racism is directed at the women of color. Very little of it is aimed at Howie. This is in no way diminishing the racism he’s subjected to—anti-Black racism is anti-Black racism whether it’s aimed at him, or Candice, and I have no doubt that he feels the pain of the bullshit aimed at her. But, this is a perfect illustration of the intersectionality of gender and race; it’s interesting that the women of color get the brunt of it.
-I’ve seen a lot of people I follow here on Tumblr, especially white passing PoC, talk about the horrible things white people say when they think we aren’t around. This show really brought that statement to life for me, as a visible PoC. If this show is even a fraction of a representation of it…well.
It blows my mind how these white contestants are quick to state how offensive they found the racism when the PoC voice their hurt. This is often how it goes. Be complicit in racism, encourage it, laugh at it, partake in it. But be sure to tell the person of color hurt by it that you didn’t like it, because you don’t want them to think you’re a racist! This is why a lot of PoC assume white people to be racist until they prove otherwise. This is why we’re wary. Because you say one thing to our face, do something entirely different behind our backs. All to often. And I also want to add, white people, that if you’re laughing and encouraging racist jokes and not doing anything to stop it, I don’t want to hear about how offensive YOU found it to be. You were complicit. That means you were part of the problem. Your feelings on the racism were always irrelevant, but to say you found it all offensive when you were yukking it up and having a good time at the expense of people of color is beyond insulting. You want to talk about salting the wound? They either have serious cognitive dissonance, or are liars. Neither is a good thing.
-The contestants, with all of the racism, misogyny, homophobia, and ablelism, are holding up a mirror to the American public, but most people will fail to see their reflection staring right back at them.
-Lastly, I’d like to address one more thing, something more positive. Let’s talk about the PoC solidarity in that house. In terms of the games, the losing team—who would be dubbed the Have Nots—has to live with a decreased quality of living for a period of time—I’m unsure of the period. It includes no hot water for showers, and according to one of the contestants, really bad food (I only caught half of Sunday’s episode and it was my first time seeing the show, so idk the full extent of being a Have Not). Howie was on a team with Aaryn and another one of the girls who is notorious with the public by this point for being racism. It might have been Ginamarie, but there was a third girl who often hung out with them, so it could’ve been her. It might’ve been all three, even. In any case, the team Candice had been on had been losing a lot and as a result, often endured the punishments of being Have Nots. Howie wanted Candice’s team to win. More than that, because there would be two winning teams, he wanted Candice to be able to enjoy the prizes of being a winner without having Aaryn and the other girls there. He said that he wanted Candice to be able to enjoy some of the rewards, and that she deserved it.
-He purposely tried to throw the competition by attempting to make his own team lose, faltering and falling over to delay things. Even though he knew it meant he’d have to suffer the consequences of being a H.N. himself, he threw himself in front of the bus, just to protect Candice’s mental and emotional well being. When Candice cried about all of the racism she was enduring, he held her in his arms and let her, and when he was all alone, he broke down into tears, too. He promised to look out for her and have her back because he wasn’t going to let her go through being the girls’ target.
-When Helen learned of the girl’s racism, and of the things they’d done to target Candice, she wasn’t having any of it either. As the one wielding the power to determine who would be up for elimination, she chose Aaryn, and one of the other girls who played a heavy part in victimizing Candice. These three supported each other, and from what I’ve seen in this one episode alone, are not going to let each other deal with this racism and aren’t going down without a fight. Howie could have easily turned a blind eye to Candice’s plight, with his being involved in the Guy’s Alliance. He could have let her tough it out on his own. Helen could have chosen not to put them up for elimination. These three are, so far, displaying some intense solidarity, and not only that, but this is being shown on television, while all of the racist moments are not. All of America is going to get a heavy dose of what could happen when people of color fight for each other instead of passively allowing racism to go unchecked.
-The racism—most of it only known about because of the 24/7 livestream but not actually included on the the television episodes—is so rampant that livestream subscribers kicked up a fuss. They kicked up a fuss so loudly that CBS actually made a compliation of the racist moments within the house and aired it on television, leading to Aaryn and Ginamarie being fired from the jobs they had outside of the show—this is something neither woman will know about until they’re out of the house, because communication with the outside world is restricted, save for family emergencies like death of a loved one. (On a personal note, I can’t wait for them to find out.)
-The host of Big Brother, Julie Chen, who is a woman of color herself, just spoke out about their racism too, and is personally enraged. She tore into Aaryn on “The Talk.” When these women are kicked out of the house, they’re likely going to get it good when Ms. Chen sits down with them.
That’s pretty much it, in terms of my notes. There are a lot of powerful things going on in and because of Big Brother, an American reality show. Microaggressions are being shown. Blatant and subtle racism are being shown. And what’s more, PoC solidarity is being shown. Though a lot of viewers are sadly missing it, the reasons why PoC often keep quiet in the midst of racism directed against themselves and others is being shown too—the public is mistaking Howie’s working knowledge of how racism functions as cowardice or him being ~the good one~ That’s how his actions will be perceived for a lot of white America, and it’s nothing but what I expected. But nonetheles, these things are being shown, on national television. These things are being talked about. While people of color are rarely allowed to react to racism in ways that aren’t deemed acceptable by white people, the PoC involved are talking about it and calling spades spades, on national television, with minimal throwback. It’s a step. Julie Chen was enraged on national television without much backlash. It’s a start. PoC solidarity is showing all throughout this entire situation. It has been named. It has been declared. It has been acted upon. And that, to me, is the most powerful thing of all. That solidarity… that solidarity, just yes! Can we have some conversations about these things? Because I feel like this is a lot bigger than people are realizing.
I’m sorry but I literally HAD to just point out the racism towards fucking Native Americans as well. “I’ll scalp you” and all that bullshit towards them as well as the 3 PoC in the house. I dunno why the OP did not mention that as well because that’s just as fucking racist but even more untalked about than racism against other PoC. And it NEEDS to be pointed out.Oh no you’re definitely right! Honestly, there are two reasons, both equally at play because they intersect.
1. I forgot. I was writing this post working from memory; I watched this video yesterday and wrote this post over 24 hours later, so I was working off of the things that stuck out the most prominently in my mind. Seriously, that’s it, I promise.
2. This post was about the shit that was directed at Helen, Howie, and Candice, or about them, so the ignorant ass statements that guy made in terms of Natives didn’t come to mind. (Plus… like I said, I forgot.) I’m sorry!
But you’re right, those statements are just as offensive and extremely racist, and should also be addressed so thank you for pointing that out. I didn’t mention them because I didn’t think they were racist; I do. I just…. literally forgot cause it’s a long video and I was looking for specific things. But again, thank you for highlighting that.
The white man who says the shitty things about ndns (tipis, arrowheads, buffalo, scalping) says it in a way that makes it seem like HE is ndn, or at least thinks he is. He also has a super gross tattoo of an old stereotypical ndn man on his upper arm. Also, lol to those white girls who think they’re “nice” and “not judgemental.” Why is it always the most bigoted fucked up people who have problems with being judged? Oh, wait I know why.
It’s funny that you should say that, because I did some searching, and it turns out that Jeremy, the one saying all that fucked up shit about Natives, is of Cherokee heritage. I’m side eyeing though because it article, when talking about those remarks says, he “draws on his Cherokee heritage by saying [insert quote of his problematic shit here]” So idk. Is he actually Cherokee? Does he ID as Cherokee? Or is he just a white guy with “my late ancesters were Cherokee so it’s totes ok for me to say this shit”? Those are my questions now. I won’t say anything about his nasty comments for now because I’m not sure what his deal is, and I might be toeing ground that I shouldn’t be. I’m half Cherokee, and while I acknowledge and identify this way, I know very little of the culture or heritage, so this is something I probably shouldn’t touch.
The former reporter clarified that the CNN channel manipulates and fabricates news and follows selectiveness when broadcasting news, stressing that the Channel receives money from the U.S. government and other countries’ governments in exchange for news content.
This is for everyone who won’t believe that the media will manipulate and lie to the people.
Let me emphasize this, don’t watch mainstream news. Don’t read it. Spend a moment to find news native to that area and then read that same story from sites with different slants. Consider these perspectives for yourself, and find out where the truth lays. The Middle Way calls for balance and this is no exception.
It’s like this…
You’re fourteen and you’re reading Larry Niven’s “The Protector” because it’s your father’s favorite book and you like your father and you think he has good taste and the creature on the cover of the book looks interesting and you want to know what it’s about. And in it the female character does something better than the male character - because she’s been doing it her whole life and he’s only just learned - and he gets mad that she’s better at it than him. And you don’t understand why he would be mad about that, because, logically, she’d be better at it than him. She’s done it more. And he’s got a picture of a woman painted on the inside of his spacesuit, like a pinup girl, and it bothers you.
But you’re fourteen and you don’t know how to put this into words.
And then you’re fifteen and you’re reading “Orphans of the Sky” because it’s by a famous sci-fi author and it’s about a lost generation ship and how cool is that?!? but the women on the ship aren’t given a name until they’re married and you spend more time wondering what people call those women up until their marriage than you do focusing on the rest of the story. Even though this tidbit of information has nothing to do with the plot line of the story and is only brought up once in passing.
But it’s a random thing to get worked up about in an otherwise all right book.
Then you’re sixteen and you read “Dune” because your brother gave it to you for Christmas and it’s one of those books you have to read to earn your geek card. You spend an entire afternoon arguing over who is the main character - Paul or Jessica. And the more you contend Jessica, the more he says Paul, and you can’t make him see how the real hero is her. And you love Chani cause she’s tough and good with a knife, but at the end of the day, her killing Paul’s challengers is just a way to degrade them because those weenies lost to a girl.
Then you’re seventeen and you don’t want to read “Stranger in a Strange Land” after the first seventy pages because something about it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. All of this talk of water-brothers. You can’t even pin it down.
And then you’re eighteen and you’ve given up on classic sci-fi, but that doesn’t stop your brother or your father from trying to get you to read more.
Even when you bring them the books and bring them the passages and show them how the authors didn’t treat women like people.
Your brother says, “Well, that was because of the time it was written in.”
You get all worked up because these men couldn’t imagine a world in which women were equal, in which women were empowered and intelligent and literate and capable.
You tell him - this, this is science fiction. This is all about imagining the world that could be and they couldn’t stand back long enough and dare to imagine how, not only technology would grow in time, but society would grow.
But he blows you off because he can’t understand how it feels to be fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and desperately wanting to like the books your father likes, because your father has good taste, and being unable to, because most of those books tell you that you’re not a full person in ways that are too subtle to put into words. It’s all cognitive dissonance: a little like a song played a bit out of tempo - enough that you recognize it’s off, but not enough to pin down what exactly is wrong.
And then one day you’re twenty-two and studying sociology and some kind teacher finally gives you the words to explain all those little feelings that built and penned around inside of you for years.
It’s like the world clicking into place.
And that’s something your brother never had to struggle with.
There’s a new stereotype of Asian women that I’m troubled by. It’s the image of the Asian female competition seen on these shows - Glee, Community and New Girl.
Exhibit A: Sunshine Corazon (played by Charice) on Glee
Sunshine comes to the McKinley High…
this is how we should respond to questions about race, gender, body image, etc.
In which CNN’s Carol Costello essentially kicks the AFA’s Bryan Fischer off the air for his homophobic remarks. More.
I like how the anchor was all like - “We’re done here.”
The anti-gay organizations mentioned here are the American Family Association (AFA) and the Family Research Council (FRC). You’d think that just because these organizations have the word “family” in their name, that would make them family friendly or even pro-family for that matter. Nope, they’re just in favor of the type of family that involves a man and a woman and children.
Reminder that three major networks have gay couples as main characters in their shows. (Awesome!)
- NBC - The New Normal: Bryan and David
- FOX - Glee: Kurt and Blaine
- ABC - Modern Family: Cameron and Mitchell
Reminder that these portrayals of homosexuality…
Yep, we snagged an interview with anti-racism activist Scot Nakagawa, whose posts, “Blackness Is The Fulcrum (a/k/a “Why I, An Asian Man, Fights Anti-black Racism)” and “We All Live On Food Stamps,” are getting lots of love around Tumblr and other parts of the innerwebz. The…