A Catholic bikini model noted for her religious extremism and anti-gay views is teaching the UK a difficult lesson that its transatlantic neighbor learned the hard way last year: You can’t have someone removed from the Big Brother house simply because they’re offensive.
Danielle McMahon, the 27-year-old lingerie model now living in the Big Brother: UK house, made a stir even before the current season debuted, telling the Star that despite posing topless for Nuts magazine, she’s an extremely religious person that opposes gay marriage because it’s “just not right.” She told the paper that her Catholic beliefs were “a very big part of my day to day life” and that she didn’t plan on holding back once the show started. (We dare you to Google Image her.)
“I’m sticking to it and not moving and I want you to agree with me. If it causes an argument, then so be it. I’m not ever on the fence,” she said, adding that “I’ve got nothing against homosexuals, I just personally don’t believe in same-sex marriage.”
She’s basically the homophobic version of Aaryn Gries, the unabashed racist houseguest that terrorized America during last year’s volatile Big Brother: US season. After making several blatantly racist comments to fellow houseguests, Gries kicked off a witch hunt that vilified nearly everyone in the house for remarks deemed “insensitive” by online viewers.
Naturally, McMahon’s rant has caused a similar reaction across the pond.
Though it hasn’t been reported that she has said anything directly homophobic in the house (there is apparently one gay man on the show), Pink News allegedly dug up some incriminating tweets from her Twitter timeline.
Though Queerty couldn’t confirm or trace the tweets in question (perhaps they’ve been deleted?), it caused enough of a stir to motivate Pink News to reach out to Channel 5 producers.
The tweets allegedly use the term “poofs,” described by the Urban Dictionary as “a British derogatory term for a homosexual male.” She wants them “shot”:
In a series of tweets sent from what appears to be McMahon’s Twitter account last year, McMahon called gay people “poofs” and “freaks”, suggested that they are not actually men, telling them to “man up”.
In one tweet she said: “Just seen a supposed guy use the word lush…. Shoot him, shoot him now How utterly cringe and vile #manup #poof.”
In another, she said: “Men should be men not use the same sayings and do the same things as girls #poof #stepouttheclosetufreak.”
“Urgh some people are so cringe Thank god they are out my life #poof #manupyoucreep”, a third message read.
Though Channel 5 declined comment to Pink News, the network did confirm that they had no intention of removing McMahon from the house.
Hopefully the upcoming cast of Big Brother: US has learned from last year’s mistakes. Let’s try and make it through this season without anyone losing their jobs, mmkay?