The first Black woman to win Big Brother, Taylor Hale, admits the show absolutely has a racism problem. However, she thinks that instead of outright canceling, it’s better to own the bad behavior outright.
TMZ caught up with the reality TV show winner, who won $750,000 cash last year, and asked what she thought of the recent trend of white contestants on Big Brother regularly saying problematic things about fellow Black contestants.
A potential strategy
Taylor said she was certainly aware of the trend but doesn’t think it’s unique to Big Brother. She thinks this problem is persistent everywhere in American society.
However, Taylor also doesn’t think that racism and microaggressions — which she has experienced firsthand — are a cardinal sin in and of themselves. In fact, she thinks it could even be a strategic tactic people use to win.
Her approach is very pragmatic, but what she does take issue with is that when people get called for their racist remarks, they backpedal and deny any wrongdoing, as if everyone hasn’t already seen the receipts in 4K.
Taylor shared that she feels that this is what causes the backlash and that if people just owned their bad behavior and just chalk it up to the competition, they may make it out in one piece.
Live your truth
It’s a practical take on it and makes Taylor sound like a realist. She knows that racism exists, but that making it the end all and be all of a reality TV show, where, let’s face it, people are supposed to show their true colors, isn’t as big of a deal as social media makes it out to be.
Of course, that depends entirely on the infraction. It’s on a case-to-case basis. Some contestants say and do detestable things that they should be canceled for and booted off the program ASAP. But for her part, Taylor believes that Big Brother handles it as well as to be expected.
TELL US – WERE YOU EXCITED WHEN TAYLOR HALE WON BIG BROTHER? DO YOU AGREE WITH TAYLOR’S TAKE? SHOULD PEOPLE JUST TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR?