'Bum boys': Gay Big Brother housemate Sam Giffen in homophobic outburst after heated row
Big Brother housemate Sam Giffen has been criticised by viewers after using a homophobic slur.
The model and hair stylist, who is gay, called fellow gay housemates Ryan Ruckledge and Hughie Maughan "bum boys".
Giffen's outburst came in the aftermath of a heated row which was broadcast in Thursday's instalment of the Channel 5 show.
The argument was sparked when Big Brother provided the house with some alcohol.
Contestants Chelsea Singh, Alex Cannon and Giffen combined the drinks to make a punch, angering some of the other housemates.
Maughan, who has been romantically intimate with Ruckledge on camera, got involved and the confrontation quickly escalated.
Following a shouting match between housemates, Big Brother called Giffen to the diary room in an attempt to defuse the situation.
Giffen said: "Everyone's shouting in my face. I've done nothing wrong!"
He added that he would not be picked on by "bum boys" - a reference to Maughan and Ruckledge.
On social media, viewers criticised him for using a homophobic term.
Many called for Big Brother to reprimand Giffen for his offensive language.
Channel 5 has been contacted for a comment.
The broadcaster said in a statement: "Big Brother does not tolerate unacceptable language in the Big Brother House. Big Brother intervenes where necessary to remind housemates of this."