A group of six contestants of color on CBS’s reality show “Big Brother” made history this week.
The group systematically voted out everyone else in the competition to claim the top spots for themselves. That included many white people, which some fans claimed was racist.
The new, more inclusive “Big Brother” reflects the network’s reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. CBS Chief Executive George Cheeks ordered that the casts of unscripted shows starting this year must be at least 50% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color).
The mandate also represented an opportunity for the franchise to reverse its troubled past. “Big Brother” has been repeatedly rocked by allegations of racism and bullying among the houseguests, and the producers have been criticized for failing to address the issue adequately.
Source: The LA Times