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  • Big Brother has always been one of my favorite reality competition shows — yes, I’m that guy — and I thought CBS was going to cock it up by not airing any of their houseguests’ racist and homophobic slurs during their regular broadcasts (as opposed to their online feed, where most of this stuff has come out).  Well, thankfully, I was wrong.  As a result, two of the housemates will have already lost their jobs once they leave the set.  Good on CBS.
Did you hear about the Big Brother contestant who is also a homophobe?
Yes, Jeff Schroeder has a problem with the possibility that Harry Potter's Dumbledore is gay.  He let loose with his anti-gay tirade, not during the regular broadcast of the show (on CBS Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays), but rather during the show’s off-hour live webcast:

“He’s in a school with little kids, you can’t  make that guy gay!” Schroeder ranted. “It isn’t right to have it in a  little kids book, and have the headmaster locked away in this magical  land [be] gay. That isn’t the right kind of writing to do.”

CBS, which broadcasts the popular reality show, was quick with a response distancing itself from Schroeder’s remarks:

Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest  appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or the  broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent  the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.

Wow, CBS — that was pretty quick!  Congrats on… not really calling out Jeff on his homophobia! 
Also, as the above screenshot shows, Harry Potter… is advertising during Big Brother!  So I guess CBS would rather not piss off an advertiser than address blatant hatred on one of their shows?
That’s just fucking great.

Did you hear about the Big Brother contestant who is also a homophobe?

Yes, Jeff Schroeder has a problem with the possibility that Harry Potter's Dumbledore is gay.  He let loose with his anti-gay tirade, not during the regular broadcast of the show (on CBS Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays), but rather during the show’s off-hour live webcast:

“He’s in a school with little kids, you can’t make that guy gay!” Schroeder ranted. “It isn’t right to have it in a little kids book, and have the headmaster locked away in this magical land [be] gay. That isn’t the right kind of writing to do.”

CBS, which broadcasts the popular reality show, was quick with a response distancing itself from Schroeder’s remarks:

Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.

Wow, CBS — that was pretty quick!  Congrats on… not really calling out Jeff on his homophobia! 

Also, as the above screenshot shows, Harry Potter… is advertising during Big Brother!  So I guess CBS would rather not piss off an advertiser than address blatant hatred on one of their shows?

That’s just fucking great.

THE WATCHMEN A police officer stood in front of a bank of TV monitors in the special operations room of the Central Communications Command center in Lambeth in London on Tuesday. Police are on alert this week for possible disruptions by climate change activists. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images via the Wall St. Journal)

THE WATCHMEN A police officer stood in front of a bank of TV monitors in the special operations room of the Central Communications Command center in Lambeth in London on Tuesday. Police are on alert this week for possible disruptions by climate change activists. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images via the Wall St. Journal)