We’ve been Big Brother fans from early. And it’s safe to say that this year’s series has been getting more and more controversial.
Viewers have been left ‘disgusted’ by saucy scenes between Laura and Marco (who just so happens to be engaged, adding a whole other level to the drams), Andrew Tate has been given the boot from the house altogether and there’s also reports of complaints to Ofcom.
Now Luke Anderson, who was the first transgender man to win Big Brother, has spoken out against the show he once ‘loved’, and has called for it to be ‘axed’.
Luke appeared in BB13 back in 2012, and has now allegedly uncovered a very controversial tweet which appears to have been sent by current housemate Ryan Ruckledge, back during Luke’s time on the reality show.
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Mirror Online reported that viewers of the show were understandably outraged by the transphobic nature of Ryan’s tweet – which we won’t be printing here – calling for him to also be removed from the Big Brother house.
After discovering the tweet, which has now been deleted, Luke told the Mirror: ‘In previous shows housemates using derogatory racial terms had been ejected immediately. Transphobic hate speech is no different. There is a growing LGBT community who will be offended.’
In response to the tweet, a spokesperson for the Channel 5 show reportedly told Mirror Online: ‘Big Brother does not condone any offensive behaviour in the House. If offensive comments of that sort are made in the house, Big Brother will deal with them appropriately, in accordance with its long-standing protocols.’
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Speaking of the show overall, Luke has been quick to point out the contestants’ links to fame, which has already fuelled rumours of a ‘fix’ amongst viewers.
He said: ‘Big Brother finished years ago, the programme we view now is just like Geordie Shore / Ex on the beach / TOWIE.’
And he believes that the casting process has totally changed since his year, revealing, ‘I think the producers have adapted the format to keep younger viewers entertained.
‘I love Big Brother… This isn’t Big Brother.’