Two houseguests on CBS’ Big Brother have sparked outrage from fans and members of the LGBTQ community after launching an attack on a former contestant who is transgender, referring to her as “a he” and “it.”
During Sunday night’s live-feed, Big Brother 19 houseguests Jason Dent and Cody Nickson made the comments while relaxing in a hot tub with fellow contestants Jessica Graf and Matt Clines.
When the topic of Season 17 came up, Graf mentioned the show’s first openly trans contestant, Audrey Middleton.
“What the fuck does that mean—she was a she?” asked Dent.
Nickson replied, “It was a dude dressed up as a woman.”
“Okay it was a dude,” Dent remarked, before Graf warned them they “are walking such a thin line.”
When Graf referred to Middleton as “she,” Dent interrupted to say, “Okay, but it was a he.”
He then asked, “Was it a he first, or a she first?”
Clines laughed at the question and said the real problem is that Dent kept referring to Middleton as “it.”
Middleton took to Twitter to implore her followers to educate the houseguests and not to show the contestants the same hatred they showed her.
“You are not born with emotional intelligence, you are conditioned to have it,” she wrote. “The people who lack it are the one who are too afraid to try to understand what value it truly has. If you are someone who is radically opening yourself to things you will live the most purpose-filled life of all.”
— Audrey Middleton (@OddreyM) August 7, 2017
According to the Washington Blade, Nickson has previously used the term “tranny” several times this season.