There has been plenty of questionable behavior on Big Brother since the reality series premiered in 2000. Most recently on season 20, houseguests including JC Mounduix, Rachel Swindler, Angela Rummans and Kaitlyn Herman have made headlines for their controversial actions. In response, CBS released a statement that said in part: “Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone.”
Revisit the biggest scandals through the years!
JC Mounduix (Season 20)
Monduix was accused of sexual harassment on social media after he used an ice cream scooper on the genitals of fellow houseguests including Kaitlyn Herman. He also instructed Kaycee Clark to “open up” her vagina, saying it “feels good.” Later in the season, he created controversy again when he used the N-word during a conversation with Bayleigh Dayton and asked Rachel Swindler if she is transgender. He made headlines again when he made light of the #MeToo movement, prompting his housemates to call him out. He was accused of misconduct again after he was spotted on the live feeds lying in bed with Tyler Crispin, touching his face and arms and kissing his armpit while Tyler was asleep.
Rachel Swindler and Angela Rummans (Season 20)
Swindler and Rummans made controversial comments about their skin tones. Swindler compared her tan to her black roommate Bayleigh Dayton (“My stomach is as dark as Bay”), to which Rummans replied, “I’m looking ghetto here with the skin coloration.” CBS said in a statement to Us Weekly that “those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences.”
Kaitlyn Herman (Season 20)
Herman faced backlash for two separate incidents: using the N-word while quoting Drake’s “0 to 100” and flirting with Tyler Crispen, Brett Robinson and Faysal Shafaat. Her boyfriend back home, Joe Pincus (a.k.a. Aire Atlantica), later tweeted that he asked CBS to pull his “show release,” meaning he could no longer be mentioned on air. The network also blurred a framed photo of Pincus in Herman’s HOH bedroom.
Paul Abrahamian (Season 19)
Abrahamian applied black facial cosmetics while targeting his black housemate Dominique Cooper for eviction. He referred to his makeup as “blackface.” His mom later told TMZ that he is not racist and was simply poking fun at Cooper.
Jason Dent (Season 19)
Dent made a disturbing joke about raping the wife of his housemate Kevin Schlehuber after tying up “all your daughters” and making them “f–king watch.” Kevin’s wife, Deborah, told TMZ that the comments were “the worst thing” she’s ever heard. Dent also joked about raping women at a nursing home.
Frank Eudy (Season 18)
Eudy groped Da’Vonne Rogers’ butt without consent and called her a “slut.” She broke down in tears in the diary room and responded: “I don’t want my daughter to see that and think it’s OK for guys to hit girls on their butts and guys to call girls sluts.”
Aaryn Gries, GinaMarie Zimmerman and Spencer Clawson (Season 15)
Gries was condemned by viewers and host Julie Chen for her racist and homophobic remarks. She referred to Asian people as “squinty-eyed,” called her black housemate Candice Stewart “Aunt Jemima” and told Korean houseguest Helen Kim to “go make some rice.” Zimmerman and Clawson also came under fire for their bigoted comments, with Clawson once praising Adolf Hitler’s speaking abilities. Chen spoke out against the racism in the house on her CBS show The Talk: “I took it personally. The really sad part was it took me back to the ‘70s when I was growing up in Queens, when I was 7 being bullied and being called a ‘chink.’”
Willie Hantz (Season 14)
Hartz was expelled from the house for throwing food at houseguests, calling them names and head-butting Joe Arvin.
Jeff Schroeder (Season 13)
Schroeder was appalled when his fellow houseguests told him that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling considered Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore to be gay. “I don’t think it’s the right thing to have a little kids’ book and have the headmaster that you’re locked away with in a magical land be gay,” he said. Schroeder then accused housemate Kalia Booker of being politically correct for TV when she defended the fictional character.
Braden Bacha (Season 11)
Bacha made multiple racist and derogatory comments toward houseguests Kevin Campbell and Lydia Tavera during an argument that CBS edited during the first live-eviction show. He later told Reality TV World, “It was out of no malice whatsoever.”
Adam Jasinski (Season 9)
Jasinski told his fellow houseguests that he worked for an autism foundation and planned to spend his potential winnings on a hair salon “so retards can get it together and get their hair done.” After winning the season, Jasinski pledged to donate $100,000 to Autism United. He was subsequently fired from his job.
Amber Siyavus (Season 8)
Siyavus faced widespread backlash for calling Jewish people “bad” and claiming, “You can tell by their last name, you can tell by their nose.”
Justin Sebik (Season 2)
Sebik was expelled from the game for holding a knife to his intoxicated housemate Krista Stegall’s throat.