'Big Brother 15' to Feature Super-Sized Jury. But Where Does Karma Fit Into That Plan?
What's worse than the fact that Big Brother 15's cast members have spent the last several weeks spouting sexist, racist, homophobic, and just downright terrible thoughts? The fact that they now won't have to confront their heinous behavior until after the series' run.
On Wednesday, one day after live streams picked up houseguest Spencer Clawson talking about child pornography, the reality series announced the two contestants eliminated in this week's double eviction would be the first two members of the jury.
The news is surprising for two reasons: 1) This would bring Big Brother's jury to a record-making nine houseguests (the jury is typically made up of seven members of the cast), and 2) You would think CBS would try to get these houseguests off of their network as soon as possible. (After all, they're the reason that CBS has to run a disclaimer distancing itself from the contestants at the beginning of each episode.)
Granted, CBS began Big Brother 15 hawking it as a super-season. Expanding the cast from 12 houseguests to 16 made it so we had more weeks of Big Brother this summer — an exciting prospect, until we saw this season's selection of horrible houseguests. The idea that Julie Chen would have the opportunity to interview some of the reviled contestants about their behavior on the way out of the door brought back some of the excitement, but with this most recent news, folks like Aaryn Gries, GinaMarie Zimmerman, and Clawson won't have to confront their behavior until the end of the series' run. At which point, most attention is directed at Big Brother's winner, not the losers. (And, boy, is this season made up of losers.)
Of course, that's not to say Chen won't mention Gries' racist tendencies in her exit interview. But since those interviews are not allowed to affect gameplay, Chen can only discuss matters that have been talked about within the house. While that might include Gries' prejudice, it definitely won't include Clawson's sexism or homophobia — CBS has yet to show any of it on the air, and the houseguests have yet to react to it on the live streams.
There's an element of karma that has gone into Big Brother 15 — watching Jeremy McGuire and Kaitlin Barnaby try to defend their racist alliance members in exit interviews more than made up for the fact that these people were given a given a national outlet to express their dated, and dangerous, opinions. Brushing it under the rug by allowing the houseguests to delay facing the consequences, and hide behind the headline-making winner, not only fills the contestants' pockets with more money (jury members make a weekly stipend) but also gives them more time to express their horrible opinions.
At least we entertainment journalists will have no shortage of subjects to write about for the next two months?