Julie Chen Moonves has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the 24th season of Big Brother.
During Thursday’s episode of E!’s “Daily Pop,” the CBS reality show host was asked about the microaggressions going on in the house against contestant Taylor Hale this season.
“Microaggressions are real and they happen. I don’t think most people are aware of what they’re doing when they do it. I think it’s easy with the live feeds,” said Chen. “I think we have to ask ourselves, ‘Who am I — who is anyone — to judge someone else?'”
The host, who has been part of the reality show since its debut in 2000, noted that viewers “didn’t walk in their shoes” or live in the house.
“We weren’t in that pressure cooker situation. And often when someone feels insecure about themselves or sees another person as a threat to their game, you see the classic “Big Brother” classic, “I’m going to punch someone in the trash behind his or her back.” She continued .
Since the season began last week, many viewers, former Big Brother contestants and even a casting producer have criticized the cast for making comments about Hale, calling her “aggressive” and bullying her for no reason. Many even said they didn’t like her from the moment they saw her, claiming they worried she would “blow up” if she was nominated.
In a separate interview with Parade magazine, Chen responded to the Twitter outcry.
“What I thought was a bit surprising is how Twitter and the internet has exploded in really snapping at someone, which I never like. I don’t think any of us are in any position to judge other people,” she said. “I think what Taylor experienced inside the house and what we saw on the live feeds are separate. A lot of it was classic “Big Brother” trash talk behind someone’s back because you felt threatened by them. Big Brother is in many ways like high school on steroids. And if you were to ask Taylor, you know, before she became a backup candidate, she just wasn’t aware of how much jealousy there was. So I would say let’s all take a break. Let’s not try to judge. Please leave the judging to the judge: Father God. And let’s practice some compassion for one another. We don’t know what it’s like walking through the Big Brother house. Have some mercy and some grace and some forgiveness. And if anyone can get out of the house, see what their actions were in the house and learn from it, and be humbled by the whole experience, hallelujah! That’s a beautiful thing.”
She added, “I think people just need to open their hearts a little bit more and show some kindness and forgiveness. Give someone a chance to change, see their actions and learn and grow from them.”
When asked about the “mob mentality” in the house, Chen replied. “It’s so interesting that you use the term ‘mob mentality.’ Because isn’t that what Twitter did? Aren’t you all hypocrites? It created this mob mentality against people in the house who viewers feel weren’t kind to Taylor. I think every time you get nominated it will bring you to tears. Because at the end of the day, you want to be liked,” she said. “I feel for Taylor who was told she rubbed some people the wrong way. We all go through life thinking that we are good, decent people. You have no intention of being unsympathetic. It hurts. It hurts and I feel sorry for her. I have compassion for everyone in this house. It is not easy.”
The first live eviction will air Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/big-brother-julie-chen-taylor-hale-racism-1235317064/ Big Brother host Julie Chen on microaggressions against Taylor Hale