Former “Big Brother” contestants are joining the outcry over Season 24, calling out the continued bullying of Taylor Hale.
After last week’s premiere, many fans expressed their anger over how the first set of competitions went, resulting in most of the women in the house losing their chance to protect themselves from eviction. But more than that, audiences found themselves raging over the treatment of Taylor by fellow contestants, Paloma and Alyssa.
“If your girls alliance is based solely on you talking s— and ‘othering’ the other women in the house then it’s trash and weak,” one person tweeted.
Now, following Sunday night’s episode, several contestants from last season — many from the dominant Cookout alliance — tweeted their disappointment in the all the houseguests’ treatment of Taylor.
“Watching Taylor cry really broke me down,” Tiffany Mitchell, who founded The Cookout, wrote. “I could never imagine what she feels like to be alone WEEK 1 when there are 15 other people in that house. It’s giving Kemi BB21.”
Watching Taylor cry really broke me down. I could never imagine what she feels like to be alone WEEK 1 when there are 15 other people in that house. It’s giving Kemi BB21
— Tiffany Mitchell
(@absolutelytiff) July 10, 2022
Meanwhile Britni D’Angelo, who was not part of The Cookout, said that the houseguests need to recognize the racist roots of their treatment of Taylor.
“It truly just disgusts me how Taylor is being treated,” she wrote. “I don’t understand why people just can’t be nice. It’s that simple. No one should ever feel ostracized or isolated in that house. Ever. People need to check their implicit biases and hold themselves accountable.”
It truly just disgusts me how Taylor is being treated. I don’t understand why people just can’t be nice. It’s that simple. No one should ever feel ostracized or isolated in that house. Ever. People need to check their implicit biases and hold themselves accountable. #BB24
— Britini D'Angelo (@britinidangelo) July 11, 2022
Hale also found support from other Cookout members Hannah Chaddha, Azah Awasum and season 23 champion Xavier Prather, as well as regular “Big Brother” competitor Janelle Pierzina.
i truthfully do not understand why everybody, their mom, their dad, their neighbor, their plant & their lint has taylor’s name in their mouth like it’s their full-time job it’s giving fan behavior & it’s unsettling #BB24
— Hannah Chaddha (@hannah_chaddha) July 10, 2022
To whom it may concern…
— Xavier Prather (@xaviereprather) July 10, 2022
I made a cognizant effort to “dial back” in the house for these exact reasons.Dark skinned women always have this in the back of our heads. CBS teaches about racial microagressions but a section on colorism would be beneficial.Taylor’s light will shine outside this house. #bb24
— Azäh Awasum
(@azah_awasum) July 10, 2022
Let’s make the beautiful quiet women who has literally done nothing but breathe, cry and make her feel like shit. She is crying after hearing Poloma talk crap about her. So fricken sad
— Janelle Pierzina (@JanellePierzina) July 10, 2022
A personal friend’s of Taylor’s also spoke out on the episode, imploring CBS itself to step in and address her treatment on the show.
“I am absolutely beside myself about the treatment that one of my closest friends, #TaylorHale, is receiving on #bb24 & I implore @CBSBigBrother to do the right thing & intervene,” one friend wrote. “This is not about performing for a show. This is a person’s real life & this treatment is disgusting.”
I am absolutely beside myself about the treatment that one of my closest friends, #TaylorHale, is receiving on #bb24 & I implore @CBSBigBrother to do the right thing & intervene. This is not about performing for a show. This is a person’s real life & this treatment is disgusting.
— Jasmine Jones (@jasmineindc) July 10, 2022
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Taylor for many years, & all she ever wants to do is love on those around her. It’s disgusting how she’s being treated on #BB24 & I wish @CBSBigBrother would intervene because we know that this treatment would not be as harsh if she weren’t Black
— Karis Felton (@TheRealKarisF) July 10, 2022
I have known Taylor for quite some time now. She has always been generous, kind, loving, fun, hilarious, and incredible to me and all of our friends. To see the hate for her in the house with no reason but racism is sickening. Do better #BB24 . #bbtaylor is amazing. pic.twitter.com/UJ32VH6Jsw
— Alex Kelly (@AKBeauty4) July 10, 2022
CBS did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the matter.
And, like last week, Taylor also had the support of fans — many of whom arguing that the way she’s being treated on the show is a pretty clear indication of why The Cookout was even formed last season. You can check out more responses below.
To anybody last year who questioned the Cookout…this week does a pretty good job at justifying what they did #BB24
— Sam Baum (@BamSaum) July 10, 2022
Truly feel like production should intervene to some degree. This isn't enjoyable for fans. After the horrific treatment of HG in the past such as Kemi, Davonne, Bayleigh, etc. it's… insane they're watching a house full of adults do it to Taylor.#BB24 #BigBrother24 pic.twitter.com/ARbMNFkSHa
— klay (@ghostklay) July 10, 2022
Sending love out to Taylor’s friends and family because if we are this angry and heartbroken watching it… just imagine how they feel right now. #BB24
— bryce (@brycesbullshit) July 10, 2022
taylor needed these beautiful queens in the house with her. they would've stood by her and treated her like the queen she is
— certified stannah (@Chaiddha) July 10, 2022
The first week nominees was the gay guy, the older black man, and now possibly the only black woman…u can’t make this stuff up lol. The CookOut will forever be legendary for finally giving us a different narrative. Y’all can stay mad about it #bb24
— lola monroeee (@MonroeeeLola) July 10, 2022