Here at BigBrotherAccess.com, we highly encourage letters to the editor on any and all subjects we cover here at the site. Usually we answer them one-on-one but sometimes we find a letter intriguing enough to print it for our readers (with permission) and find out what you think about the topic.
This week we received an e-mail from one of our readers, Kirk S., about the casting of LGBT contestants on Big Brother. He argues that Big Brother has consistently cast gay HouseGuests who represent a certain “effeminate, limp wristed” stereotype of the gay male community. In particular, he notes that Big Brother 15 winner “especially fits this stereotype.” While we don’t believe that being so-called effeminate or non-athletic precludes being a ‘real man’ or that men like Andy are not attractive, as Kirk seems to feel, he does have a passionate point to make.
While Kirk does not touch specifically on past lesbian contestants in his letter, there can be some argument made that the true lesbian (not bi or bi-curious) contestants so far on Big Brother USA have also represented a certain narrow stereotype. Jenn Arroyo‘s very aggressive, androgynous, leather and spikes persona being one example.
We will let Kirk’s letter speak for itself and we would love to know your thoughts either in support or in opposition to his views. As for us, we would not object to seeing future LGBT HouseGuests on Big Brother that are as far from stereotypical as one can get. The LGBT community is as diverse as the straight community and frankly we do feel that is underrepresented on Big Brother. Then again, diversity in any area is an issue Big Brother struggles with in general.
Check out Kirk’s letter, which was also sent out to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Fly On The Way Entertainment, CBS and Kasting INC, below.
What do you think about what Kirk had to say? Do you think he has a valid point? Where else do you think Big Brother lacks diversity and could do better next season?