First – Let’s begin with a word for word transcription of the incident.
Date: 7-12-2011 Time: 6:46 PM BBT Camera: Quad
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Kalia tells the HGs that J.K Rowling announced that the character of Dumbledore from Harry Potter was written to be gay.
Jeff: That would be perverted.
Kalia: …have a gay character for kids to understand homosexuality…
Jeff: How was he meant to be gay? He doesn’t have any gay tendencies.
Kalia:…well maybe that’s the whole point, to teach you that…
Jeff: Hey Harry! Let me feel your balls. (Laughs)
Kalia: …for people like you who think that stereotypes around gay people!
Jeff: What do you mean “stereotypes around gay people?!?” He’s in a school with little kids! You don’t wanna make that guy gay!
Kalia: WHAT?!?!? WHY?!?!
Jeff: What do you mean why?
Kalia: Gay men can’t work with little kids?
Jeff: Um..I don’t think it’s very..I don’t think it’s the right thing to have a little kid’s book and have the headmaster that you’re locked away with in a magical land be gay. I don’t think that’s the write kind of writing to do.
Kalia: I don’t see why not.
Jeff: I can see your PC view of why not. But I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. (Kalia is still confused) OK listen. You know exactly what I’m saying Ok, don’t make it seem like you’re doing the right thing by saying that it’s not. You’re gonna let a storybook of where they go away to fantasy camp and its all little kids…without their parents and the guy is gay?
Kalia: …just because he’s gay doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with him…
Jeff: Get the fuck outta here.
That’s pretty much the gist of what most are calling a homophobic rant. Plenty of former Big Brother HGs took to twitter to voice their opinions:
@marqueemarc Eh… Homophobia & racist remarks always turn up during #BB season. It amazes me that some HGs seem to get away w/it & which ones do. M*
@StevenfromBB10 Will all the #bb13 fans please tell @CBSBigBrother to STOP PUTTING HOMOPHOBES LIKE @jeffschroeder23 into the house! RT
@TooMuchLydia4U It’s sad n disappointing that Jeff didn’t learn his lesson in #bb11, said such awful hurtful things about gays #bb13 #equality4all
@KCampbellicious “Gays shouldn’t be around kids in school” Isn’t homophobia soooo cuuuute? #BB13. #CBSBigBrother
…and quite a few others. The incident sparked heavy controversy on twitter and message boards. Some say this is a flat out homophobic rant (like me) while others are saying he was simply disagreeing with the idea of a character in a kid’s book being homosexual (which I think is equally homophobic)….
What do you think?
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As for my take on it. This whole thing saddens me, I really like Jeff and always thought he had a good heart. I guess I still do, he is just ignorant on this issue. I hope he learns and grows from this. But hey, at least he is still nice to look at.