“Let Them Have That.” Evicted Big Brother Houseguest Addresses Show Racism

August 5, 2013  |  

Screenshot from last night’s episode

Finally, Julie Chen was able to ask one of the Big Brother houseguests about the racism going on inside the house. And not only did Howard Overby have an opinion, but as one of the two African Americans on the show, he was personally a victim of the racist remarks and treatment by other houseguests. Howard was voted off last week and Chen sat down and questioned him about the situation.

“How hard was it for you to hold your tongue?” Chen asked Overby.

“Probably the hardest thing in the world,” he answered. “Howard actually said he feared letting his temper out, and he was proud that he never did,” reports The Huffington Post.  “I just chose to take the high road, you know? Let them have that. I’m not going to get down to their level. Just accept it as it is and pray about it. There it is.” Overby was open about his faith while he was on the show.

He added: “I definitely don’t promote that. I don’t look down on them and I’m not going to say anything bad about them. The only thing I’m going to say is we had a very young cast this year. We had a lot of young girls in there and for the most part I hope that some of those comments were coming from just being young and immature or wanting attention. None of it is acceptable. I don’t care how young or old you are.” (The Hollywood Reporter has a complete Q&A here.)

Even TV critics were supportive of Overby’s approach to handling the hostile situation. Bustle’s Molly Fitzpatrick applauded Overby for being a “nice guy ’til the end,” as well as for leaving the show gracefully. Todd Betzold, writing for Reality Rewind, also agreed and said he was sad to see such a “classy guy” leave the show.

Things will probably get more heated when Chen gets to interview not one but two ousted houseguests, as this week’s show features a double eviction.

Would you be able to keep calm with these sorts of comments being thrown around? Last night’s full episode is available here.

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