Big Brother and Racism in 2020
1stSep 4, 2020
- NOTE: This blog is going to touch on suggestions of micro-aggressions & racism. I am not claiming that anyone is a racist, I am just pointing out things that have been talked about on podcasts & forums this season.
After BB21 where 3 of the non-white players were the first boots and then were continuously talked poorly about throughout the whole season, CBS needed to fix their public image when it came to racism. I think they attempted to do this by bringing in players who aren't afraid to speak up like Kaysar & Da'Vonne and by showing their conversations on TV, but there are still many issues this season.
Here are some issues/micro-aggessions that have been discussed on the online BB community:
🟡1. Bayleigh & Da'Vonne CONSTANTLY being grouped together & targeted. This game is filled with duos that existed BEFORE the season (Nicole & Ian, Nicole & Dani, Nicole & Cody, Tyler & David) but the duo that people have been talking about nonstop is Bay&Da'. When compared to other duos, they have the fewest comp wins & worst overall placements, but they are still mentioned as a target 24/7. Not to mention that they weren't close before the season started.
🟡2. The Division of the house. If you look at the house dynamics, the people in power are Cody/Nicole/Tyler/Dani/Christmas/Enzo/Memphis. Sound about white? The people who are "outsiders" of these alliances are Bayleigh, Da'Vonne, Kevin, and David to some extent....
🟡3. CBS Editing. If you watch the feeds, I'm sure you're well aware of how mean Dani & Nicole have been about other female houseguests. However, have any of these been shown?
In this game, Dani has:
~Said Ian is using his autism as strategy
~Called Janelle a bad mom for using a nanny (despite her having a successful full time career)
~Said Bay stole Janelle's clothes, not that Janelle gave them to her
~Laughed about ignoring Nicole A preseason when she asked to be on her podcast
None of this was shown. Instead, we got a segment of Bayleigh speaking up to Kaysar out of frustration, giving her the "crazy" edit while Dani is given this "master manipuator" edit.
🟡4. Overall Reaction/Treatment of People . Based on recent feed updates about what happened after the Basement comp, we are going to see how people treat Bayleigh & Da'Vonne differently than they do Nicole/Dani. (This touches on things not shown in episode yet)
~In the puppetmaster PoV, Bay was frustrated she lost and threw off her goggles. On the feeds, several houseguests thought it was aggressive & uncalled for behavior. Apparently Dani did the same thing today and she hasn't received any backlash.
~When Nicole Franzel cries basically every day over very minor things, she is comforted by her houseguests. When Bayleigh is crying after the comp, you have people like Cody saying she is playing victim. The difference is Nicole cries because of small things that hurt her feelings, Bayleigh is crying because she has been pinned against the wall for weeks.
🟡5. Christmas. I still have no idea how a woman who "repeatedly rammed her SUV into the car of a woman who was having an affair with the father of her child" in November is 2018, less than 2 years ago, was invited back to BB22.
Not only has she acted violently, she has said just today that:
"Christmas says after noms "she's going to get shot. Someone's going to put a fork in my face"
And how can we forget in BB19 when she said "I want to take (Raven's) f****** head off, put it in the garbage disposal, and laugh while I f****** do it"
However, because she is a white woman, CBS looks the other way. She tried to seriously harm a woman LESS THAN 2 YEARS AGO, and she is back in the BB house? jayRoy said it best:
🔵IN CONCLUSION, CBS needs to make massive changes to their game format/casting. How many times have we seen white-straight men dominate this game and leave the people of color on the outside? Even in a game of "all stars", the 2 women who have barely won a challenge in the past are being targetted over 2 winners, 2 runner ups and massive comp beasts. This is more than just playing the game, something is just not right.
I encourage you to follow players like Dani Reyes, Ika Wong, Lawon Exum, Kemi Fakunle, Ovi Kabir, Swaggy C, Bryan Ollie, Zakiyah Everette, Helen Kim and Danielle Lickey as they have all recently spoken about how it feels to play BB while being treated differenly based on the color of their skin.
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