Jeff Schroeder, the "Big Brother" fan favorite, makes Yahoo's/Television Without Pity's "The very worst reality stars of 2011" list. The explanation of Jeff's infamy on the list follows:
“We’ve only been able to see Jeff’s homophobic rant via the magic of YouTube, since CBS chose not to air it, but it still was pretty reprehensible, not only because Jeff thinks that gay people (specifically the fictional Dumbledore) shouldn’t be able to teach children, but also because he accused Kalia of pretending to defend the gay community just so she’d look good on TV. And to think that we had thought that Rachel was going to be the most hateful person in the house.”
Jeff is one of the most popular contestants in reality TV history, having done three major shows: Big Brother 11, Big Brother 13 and the Amazing Race, not to mention several web shows. He was voted Fan Favorite twice by BB fans.
Big Brother 13 brought about a rash of haters, beginning with his crazed rant about Dumbledorf being gay. (Dumbledorf is a beloved Harry Potter character.) JK Rowling, the author, said she perceived him as gay when she created him.
Jeff didn't think a gay schoolmaster should be in kid movies, and said so. Kalia, a black woman, said "just because he's gay doesn't mean anything's wrong with him." Jeff's retort: "Get the fuck out of here, don't start with that fucking shit." He evidently equates being gay with sexual perversion, according to his haters.
CBS ultimately responded, " Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives,” according to the CBS statement. “At times, the houseguests make comments, reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the house or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has also responded to Schroeder’s comments on Big Brother, and to CBS’ words about the rant. Asking, “Why does CBS keep bringing him back?”, GLAAD recollects that Schroeder used anti-gay slurs back in 2009 when he appeared on the 11th season. “So what did CBS do to wash their hands of the openly anti-gay reality star? They made him a contestant on season 16 of The Amazing Race, and followed that by featuring on the CBS web series Around the World for Free in 2010. Now they’ve brought him back a third time for another chance to win Big Brother … Given his already proven track record, CBS must have expected that he would be bringing his openly anti-gay attitudes back with him. Is this the kind of drama they were hoping to see unfold? Is this the type of person they want associated with both the CBS and Big Brother brands?” CBS is not commenting on GLAAD’s words.
The comments on all these sites are interesting. "Jeff was 100% correct. It does not make him homophobic. It means he has common sense."
..."he's saying gay people are pedophiles. Last time he called Russell a faggot several times, and CBS has him as a spokesperson?"
I can add this much from personal experience. Jokers went NUTS over the situation. Users bashed Jeff, each other, and anyone else they could get their hands on. It seems to me that in the end, Jeff still has many, many fans who understand that something can be said in the heat of the moment. Others persist in calling him a homophobe.
I have my doubts that he is a dyed in the wool homophobe. Leanings, perhaps. But that's all. Of course that's just my opinion