On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed the Big Brother alliance The Cookout. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!
So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Big Brother superfan and RHAP podcaster Mari Forth about the racist history of Big Brother and the current season's Cookout alliance. Here's some of what we learned:
BuzzFeed Daily: Before we get into what's going on with the show this season, which is amazing, we need to dive into some Big Brother history and the fact that this show has a pretty racist history. Can you set the scene for us?
BuzzFeed Daily: I think we can all agree that reality competition shows in general have a pretty fucked up history when it comes to race. But it seems like Big Brother in particular struggles with this. Now, you've already mentioned the issue of representation, like not casting enough Black contestants, but it seems like there's also something about the mechanics of the game itself that lends itself to racism. Would you agree with that?
BuzzFeed News: Now I want to move on to what's going on this season because it is absolutely brilliant and amazing. Every time I talk about it, I get chills because the gameplay is just so amazing. This is coming from someone who's only watched two seasons of the show and I'm like, "Wow, I need to watch this." Why it's so big is because we have an alliance known as the Cookout. How have these contestants taken matters into their own hands? Can you describe what they've done?
BuzzFeed Daily: There are so many reasons to be fans of this alliance, one of them being the fact that it's just an ingenious strategy. Can you explain exactly how the alliance is working?
BuzzFeed Daily: Inevitably, there are some people who are not happy about what's going on right now, including some OG Big Brother fans. So what are people complaining about online?
Moving on, if you’ve seen the photo Keke Palmerposted of her Met Gala meal, you know it didn’t look particularly appealing — to the point that people were comparing it to the cheese sandwich from Fyre Fest.
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