Julie Chen challenges a dismissive Braden about his bad Big Brother 11 behavior

Just like the producers’ editing of the raw footage into a sanitized version of actual events in the Big Brother 11 house, the fight during which he used a racial slur, said, “I feel bad and I apologized. They definitely deserved it and people that are on your bad side, you know, I despise them, I don’t really care about them.”

Julie pointed out his flagrant hypocrisy, and he said “unfortunately, some things get misunderstood.” She challenged him on that, and he just repeated the question. Eventually, he said, “They didn’t give me a chance to explain myself, so that’s how the cookie crumbled,” and then he just wrote the whole thing off. Not that we should expect much introspection here: In the Q&A, he correctly answered a true/false question about the news that Sarah Palin resigned as governor but then asked “Did she win president?”

Julie also asked about Chima’s accusation (i.e. Chima saying Braden called Julie “a whore”), saying, “Was she wrong?” Braden replied, “I think she’s always wrong,” and then avoided the question. The story, by the way, is that Braden apparently referred to Julie Chen as a “ho” during a game of Simon Says, according to feed watcher reports.

Overall, Julie Chen really impressed me here; I just wish she’d done this on the live show, rather then letting herself be used as the producers’ pawn to construct their version of reality. Watch her tear Braden apart in a really artful way:

Evictee Interview: Braden [CBS News]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.