BB15 Spencer’s child porn “tasteless joke” leads his employer to report him to law enforcement

The latest awful comments to come out of a Big Brother 15‘s cast member’s mouth involved child pornography, prompting CBS to again distance itself from the cast that is fueling its ratings growth this summer–and prompting his employer to report him to law enforcement officials.

According to E! News’ story, Spencer Clawson said these things:

  • “I like to beat off to child porn.”
  • “I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is.”
  • “I love it when they’re around 3 or 4 years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they’re in a basement.”

CBS released its same “we do not condone” statement and said that the network “certainly find the statements made by Spencer on the live Internet feed to be offensive.”

Last season’s winner, Ian Terry, wrote a long post responding to reaction to an earlier tweet. He said “Spencer was clearly being facetious” and noted that “Spencer is aware that this is a taboo subject — The whole joke involved picking up McCrae’s microphone and speaking into it to make it look as if McCrae was earnestly talking about watching this stuff.” He added, “I think Big Brother is a great show. I’d hate to see a lot of fans that like it as much as I do stop watching simply because some yokel made a tasteless joke.”

But the comments and defense of them as jokes prompted season four winner Jun Song to bail on this season, writing that the show this season is “supposed to be part dirt and part strategy but you’re mostly human trash in every sense of the word.”

Update: Spencer’s employer, Union Pacific, released a statement in which it said that the company has reported him to law enforcement:

“Due to the volume of feedback Union Pacific has received from the public about Spencer Clawson’s August 5 comments on the CBS reality show Big Brother 15, the company wants to reiterate that it has taken all the action it can under the Collective Bargaining Agreement until Mr. Clawson is released from the show. Mr. Clawson took an unpaid leave of absence to participate on Big Brother 15. Union Pacific has notified law enforcement of Mr. Clawson’s August 5 comments.”

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