A cast member on CBS’ reality series “Big Brother 13” went on an anti-gay tirade this week, with live feed cameras catching all the action.
During a discussion Tuesday night about the Harry Potter books, house guest Jeff Schroeder was surprised to learn that, according to past statements by author J.K. Rowling, Dumbledore was a gay character.
Schroeder launched into a tirade about how Dumbledore should not have been gay because he was the headmaster of a school full of kids — essentially equating gays being pedophiles.
“Don’t make it seem like you’re doing the right thing by saying it’s not (wrong),” he ranted. “You’re going to let a storybook, where they go away to fantasy camp, and it’s all little kids without their parents, and the guy is gay…”
Schroeder raised eyebrows among “Big Brother” fans when, during an argument with fellow “Big Brother” cast member Kalie Booker about Dumbledore’s sexuality, he let fly with the homophobia.
“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.”
Schroeder has a history of making anti-gay statements; during his initial stint on the reality series, on “Big Brother 11,” he routinely hurled anti-gay slurs during arguments with his castmates, calling them “homos,” among other epithets.
Booker also explained that her younger sister is gay, to which Schroeder explodes with, “I don’t give a fuck if your little sister is gay!”
CBS has responded with this statement:
“Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives,” according to the CBS statement.
“At times, the houseguests make comments, reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. 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.”