UK Big Brother removes houseguest for using the n-word

On the American version of Big Brother, “raving lunatic racist” cast members stay until the end of the series, but a contestant on the eighth season of the UK’s version was removed from the house by producers for using the n-word.

Last night, houseguest Emily Parr used the word in reference to Charley Uchea, another houseguest. She was removed because “because she had breached rules governing contestant behaviour,” BBC News reports. Emily “was nominated along with Shabnam Paryani,” but this week’s vote “has been suspended.”

The head of “the Big Brother commissioning team,” Angela Jain, told the BBC, “The word nigger is clearly racially offensive and there was no justification for its use. She [Emily] understands why her involvement has come to an end and she very much regrets what she said. I think people watching the show tonight will agree that Emily spoke carelessly rather than maliciously – certainly Charley and Nicky, the two housemates most directly involved in the conversation with her, seemed to accept that she did.”

The incident will be broadcast tonight; here’s the BBC’s account of the conversation:

Emily said: “Are you pushing it out, you nigger?” to Charley Uchea, while they were dancing in the living room on Wednesday evening.

Indian-born Nicky Maxwell, who was also present, said to Emily: “Erm, I can’t believe you just said that.”

Charley said “You are in trouble”, adding she was “in shock”.

Emily replied: “Don’t make a big thing out of it… I was joking.”

Emily thrown out of Big Brother [BBC News]

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