Big Brother fans came out to slam the reality show as homophobic after they failed to air gay contestant, Michael Bruner, reading his Head of Household letter.
During the recent episode of Big Brother season 24, Michael won his first Head of Household competition since he was the fastest to walk across the thin beams before falling. After his win, Michael read his letter from home, but it was not aired on TV. Now, his fiancé, Hayden Middleton, is speaking out against the producers’ decision to not air Michael reading his letter from home.
One viewer pointed the fact out on Twitter. “Wow. No HOH reveal or HOH letter for Michael? This is some bulls**t #bb24.” Hayden responded, saying, “Wow. Very surprised by @CBSBigBrother not including my letter to Michael when every single other letter this season has been included.” Big Brother’s official account posted all the snacks Michael got, as well as photos from home, and Hayden’s full letter for fans to read. Hayden still did an interview with TMZ to talk about how he felt after they didn’t air Bruner reading his letter from home.
Michael told TMZ he was upset by the producers’ decision because “it would have been a good opportunity to highlight a monogamous, committed relationship at a time when there is a lot of negativity directed at the LGBTQ community.” He clarified during the interview that he didn’t think the producers meant any harm, but it was unfair because other contestants got to read their letters on television. Only Big Brother fans who had subscribed to the show’s live feeds could watch Bruner read his letter which is a small number of people compared to those watching the show on television.
Big Brother fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment over the producers’ actions. One fan tweeted, “There is literally NOTHING in this letter that would warrant production to not include it. If there had been a personal detail or something then sure, cut that bit out, but the whole thing?” Another fan said, “SHAME on CBS & production of Big Brother for not making Micheal’s reading of HOH letter from home part of the broadcast.” A third fan said, “Shame on @CBSBigBrother for not airing Michael’s letter from home when all other HOHs got theirs read.” This comes after fans also accused Big Brother of being racist in their treatment of contestant, Taylor Hale.