In the Big Brother universe of mostly-inarticulate layabouts, gays and anti-gays (preferably in the same house) make for awesome, friction-filled television. Fans will remember the season of the gay ex-lovers who hated each other and the straight football player who confessed to blowjobby experimentation. Superfans obsessively following the international versions were treated to a Brazilian housemate so homophobic and ignorant it was almost shocking.
But that was then. This is now. And Now is just like Then, so not to worry.
This week on Big Brother 13, returning housemate Jeff gets into it with Kalia over fictional Harry Potter character Dumbledore’s homosexuality. Jeff thinks it’s wrong for a gay wizard to work in a magical boarding school and is possibly contemplating calling a legislator to see if a ballot measure could keep it from infecting all local wizarding academies. Not only is Jeff adept at demonstrating his antipathy for homosexual magicians, he’s fantastic at displaying his dependence on air quotes rather than on rational explanations for his opinions. The following conversation and video above come from the live feed.
Jeff: Who’s Dumbledorf (sic)… who is that, the big guy?
[Kalia explains that J.K. Rowling made the character so that her kids and other kids would understand homosexuality.]
Jeff: How is he meant to be gay? He doesn’t have any gay tendencies.
Kalia: Maybe that’s the point! So that people like you don’t stereotype gay people.
Jeff: What do you mean stereotypes around gay people? He’s in a school with little kids, you can’t make that guy gay!
Kalia: WHYYYY? Gay men can’t work with little kids!?
Jeff: It isn’t right to have it in a little kid’s book, and have the head master locked away in this magical land, be gay. That isn’t the right kind of writing to do.
Kalia: I don’t see why not.
Jeff: Oh I can see your PC view of it, but it’s not the right thing to do.
Kalia: Why is it PC?
Jeff: Listen, you know what I’m talking about and don’t make it seem like you’re doing the right thing by saying it’s not! You are going to let your kids read a story book where little kids go to fantasy camp without their parents and the guy is gay?
Kalia: Just because he’s gay, doesn’t mean there is a thing wrong with him!
Jeff: Get the fuck out! Don’t start with that fuckin’ shit! Don’t tell me the right answer for fuckin’ TV!
Kalia: I’m not doing it for TV! You want to know why I do it? My little sister is gay!
Jeff: I don’t give a fuck if your sister’s gay! Think about what it is!
Kalia: I truly don’t understand…
Jeff: You don’t understand what I’m talking about? Then I don’t understand either.
Kalia: I don’t understand why he can’t be a headmaster.
Jeff: You’re right, you’re right! I don’t want to talk about it then!
Thanks to ONTD for the transcript.