‘Harry Potter’ Sparks Homophobic Rant on ‘Big Brother’

by | July 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM | Big Brother, TV News

'Big Brother's' Jeff Schroeder (Photo: CBS)

'Big Brother's' Jeff Schroeder (Photo: CBS)

If you find yourself in a house with strangers late at night, with television cameras rolling and nothing to do, it’s probably best to avoid arguing about gay wizards.

This may sound like an unlikely scenario, but it’s just what Jeff Schroeder of “Big Brother” ended up doing Tuesday night with a homophobic rant about a “Harry Potter” character, of all things.

The conversation, which was caught on the show’s live feeds, started out about author J.K. Rowling’s 2007 comment that she “always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”

Jeff had no idea who Dumbledore was, but that didn’t stop him from telling Kalia that it’d be “perverted” to have a teacher be gay. He also asked how Dumbledore was portrayed and asked explicitly if he’d done anything to Harry.

“He’s in a school of little kids; you don’t want to make that guy gay,” Jeff ranted. (Most of the uncensored conversation is transcribed on RealityBlurred.com.)

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Kalia was aghast and tried to make him explain himself. “Gay men can’t work with little kids?” she asked.

“I don’t think it’s the right thing to have a little kids’ book and have the headmaster that you’re locked away in a magical land be gay,” Jeff said.

He then accused Kalia of playing to the cameras with a “PC view.”

Kalia reiterated that there’s nothing wrong with being gay and then the cursing began. “Don’t tell me the right answer for f—– TV, when you don’t think it’s the right answer,” Jeff yelled.

It was an odd response, especially given that Jeff jumped on Cassi for swearing at Dominic just a few nights ago, as Hollywood Gossip noted.

UPDATE: CBS has released the following statement regarding Jeff’s rant: “Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the houseguests make comments, reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”

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