Tuesday evening on the Big Brother Live Feeds there was a group of house guests in the Head of House room sitting around talking when the Harry Potter series was brought up. Kalia Booker mentioned that she had heard that the character Albus Dumbledore was gay. This caught Jeff Schroeder's ear and her proceeded to express his opinion on that and the result is causing a bit of a stir in the Big Brother community and on the internet in general.
Whether it will make the television show remains to be seen. Portions of the discussion went as follows...
Kalia, "That was just... she wanted to have a gay character for kids to understand homosexuality.."
Jeff, "He's in a school with little kids, you don't want to make that guy gay."
Jeff, "Um... I don't think its the right thing to have a little kids book and have the headmaster that you're locked away in a magical land be gay, I don't think that's the right kind of thing to do."
The discussion ran for about 90 seconds and Jeff said he just wasn't going to talk about it.
A lot of Jeff's fans were surprised with this and many former Big Brother cast members chimed in with their thoughts as well.
Ragan Fox wrote up a post where he talked about the incident: My Reaction to Jeff’s Homophobic Rant
CBS has also released a statement on the incident as follows: "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. 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."
This is obviously a very sensitive topic but one that would be hard to avoid discussing. Please feel free to comment but please also avoid any personal attacks and respect each other's rights to their opinions. I'd like to think everyone is mature enough to realize not everyone feels the same about some things and this site is about the show Big Brother and being a fan of it.