‘Big Brother’ Addresses Racist Houseguests in Primetime

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Even when these comments are made in fun, they’re still hurtful and are disrespectful,” Overby said in the diary room.

Fan sites began to put the heat on “Big Brother” last week after seeing and hearing several of the players make hateful comments on the internet feeds. A petition was created on Change.Org calling for Gries’ to be booted, at the same time the show released a statement saying how Gries and the others do not “represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”

Gries, who is head of household this week, nominated Kim and Elissa Slater for elimination on Sunday.

Meanwhile, another “Big Brother” houseguest has been criticized by his employer for offensive comments made in the house.

Spencer Clawson, a 31-year-old railroad conductor from Arkansas, has uttered gay slurs, praised Hitler as a gifted speaker and used the C-word. Clawson’s employer, Union Pacific Railroad, issued a statement Saturday distancing itself from his insensitive remarks, saying that they do not “condone his comments.”

“The values represented by Spencer Clawson’s comments during the ‘Big Brother’ show do not at all align with Union Pacific’s values. Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on ‘Big Brother.’ Union Pacific does not condone his comments,” the company’s statement reads. “Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.”

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