Why Kemi Fakunle Is 'Horrified' About 'Big Brother' Season 21

After Big Brother was accused of housing racist houseguests who bully others, former participant Kemi Fakunle issued an official statement. Fakunle, who was the victim of unsavory behavior on the CBS series revealed what she didn't see while inside. Though there are live streams of the Big Brother house, inhabitants don't have access to them. Fakunle issued her statement on Saturday, but it became even more relevant on Wednesday after Jack Matthews made yet another comment viewers deemed offensive.

In her Saturday post, Fakunle thanked Big Brother viewers who stuck up for her while she was in the house. "Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support this season," the former houseguest wrote. "It has truly been a one of a kind experience."

She expanded into the alleged behavior in the house. "I am extremely disappointed and disgusted by the behavior I am being made aware of that occurred thus far in the Big Brother house. The degrading and threatening comments made by some houseguests and laughed at by others are outrageous and hard to see," she wrote. "I am saddened to be associated with such a negative display of human character, and horrified that this is now a part of my life story."

Fakunle asked her supporters to stop sharing hate about other houseguests, even those who seemingly berated her: "It's unfortunate how the season has transpired thus far and while I appreciate the support, I do ask that the negative comments that have been made in my defense stop. I do not want to perpetuate the same negativity that I received in the house."

Along with two others, Fakunle was one of the first houseguests eliminated in Season 21. All three were minorities. Fans of Big Brother have vocally criticized this fact and related it to racism in the house. Two houseguests, in particular, have been the spotlight of their criticism: Matthews and Jackson Michie.

Matthews was seemingly against Fakunle from the start and exchanged a number of strong words against her existence in the house. At one point, he told the diary room cameras that he'd like to "stomp a mudhole through her chest," which was aggressively slammed by viewers, who called the statement racist.

Some fans claimed both men said the N-word in the house as well, though CBS told Newsweek after an investigation into the audio, they found no use of the word.

Matthews found himself in hot water, yet again, for comments against Isabella Wang, a houseguest of Asian descent. Matthews referred to "rice pudding" in a conversation about Wang on the live feeds last week.

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Kemi Faknule on Big Brother 21. CBS
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