Friday 19 January 2018

Complaints over Big Brother Sam's homophobic reference

Sam Giffen was rowing with other contestants.
Sam Giffen was rowing with other contestants.

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."

Georgina Leigh Cantwell became the third housemate to be evicted during Friday night's programme.

Press Association

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