Following the Power of Veto competition and subsequent meeting on Big Brother Wednesday night, this season's most controversial contestant, Jack Matthews, was sitting on the block next to Isabella “Bella” Wang.
"This is absolutely my worst-case scenario. I'm sitting next to Jack, who apparently everyone loves and just wants to do whatever he says. I don't understand," said Bella. Little does Bella know, everyone does, in fact, hate Jack.
So far this season, CBS has been receiving a lot of backlash relating to racism starting with the season premiere, when African-American houseguest David Alexander became the first contestant to be "banished," all the way up to last week's first real eviction, in which all three contestants sent home were people of color — David, Kemi Fakunle and Ovi Kabir.
Meanwhile, Jack has been the most hated contestant by viewers, who even started a petition to get him expelled from the show, after he said that he wanted to "stomp a mud hole through" Kemi's chest on the live feeds earlier this month.
Now, Jack is being called out for yet another racist comment he made on the live feeds, while allegedly talking about Bella. During a group conversation, Tommy Bracco said, "The proof is in the pudding," to which Jack added, "The rice pudding."
Here's why viewers are offended.
Rice pudding is a common dessert in Asia, where rice is a food staple. Bella is Asian and, given Jack's track record of multiple offensive remarks toward his fellow houseguests of color, viewers' tolerance for his inappropriate statements is very low.
I'm sorry my first thought wouldn't have been to say rice pudding. It's inherently racist coming from the mouth of a non Asian person. #BB21— Shea (@iamsheajenkins) July 24, 2019
I hope Julie tears Jack to shreds about his rice pudding comment because that’s just wrong. he said it was a joke but that’s not a damn joke, it’s pure racism #BB21— Andy (@andy_m74) July 24, 2019
#BB21 When Jack made that snarky comment about rice pudding and Bella. Does this jackass know that in many Asian countries, rice is the symbol of life. He is just so ignorant. I hope somehow Jack's life in the BB House ends on Thursday. I know not likely but lets hope— Renee A Campeau 👠💋🐱 (@LittleLadyLov) July 24, 2019
So it's Jack vs. Bella during this week's live eviction and, no matter who is sent home, it's going to be really interesting either way.
Check out CBS and ‘Big Brother’ being blasted for race-related controversy following the first real live eviction:
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