More insensitive remarks on CBS 'Big Brother' show
This photo released by CBS shows houseguest Amanda Zuckerman, left, the 28-year-old real estate agent in Boynton Beach, Fla., on "Big Brother." A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued on filming for "Big Brother," raising questions about whether CBS should be doing more to police its reality show. (AP Photo/CBS, Sonja Flemming)
NEW YORK (AP) — A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued during filming for the CBS reality TV show "Big Brother," raising questions about whether the network should be doing more to police it.
One of the cast members on the program, which throws a group of people who don't know each other in a house together and films them to see how they get along, made remarks during the past week that could be seen as insulting to various ethnic groups.
On the 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." She 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," leading to a debate about whether she's racist.
"I'm just joking," said Zuckerman, a 28-year-old real estate agent from Boynton Beach, Fla. "I've had sex with Puerto Rican guys before."
Earlier this summer, two other cast members were heard making anti-black comments.
CBS airs "Big Brother" on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer, but Zuckerman's remarks haven't appeared on television.
CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves, whose wife, Julie Chen, hosts "Big Brother," said last week he finds some of the behavior on the show "absolutely appalling."
Public relations executive Joni Hudson-Reynolds, who writes a blog called ebonymompolitics, said young people watch the show and she believes CBS should be doing more to prevent the dissemination of offensive language.
This photo released by CBS shows houseguest Amanda Zuckerman, the 28-year-old real estate agent in Boynton Beach, Fla., on "Big Brother." A run of ethnically insensitive remarks has continued on filming for "Big Brother," raising questions about whether CBS should be doing more to police its reality show. (AP Photo/CBS, Lisette M. Azar)
"To just say 'This is reality television, and these are the kinds of things that are said in regular conversations' is not enough," Hudson-Reynolds said. "This is a controlled environment."
Hudson-Reynolds said she watches "Big Brother" with her teenage daughter, considering it a guilty pleasure. She doesn't go online to watch the day-to-day interactions. For people who don't follow it that closely, controversial comments are given greater circulation through compilations that are posted online.