'Big Brother 15': Third Houseguest Criticized by Employer Over Offensive Remarks
Union Pacific Railroad is distancing itself from employee Spencer Clawson.
Another Big Brother houseguest is under fire for statements made in the house.
Spencer Clawson, a 31-year-old railroad conductor from Arkansas, is the third houseguest to make waves for offensive remarks witnessed on the 24-hour live feeds on CBS.com while competing on the 90-day competition. Some of Clawson's statements have included gay slurs, praising Hitler as a gifted speaker and using the C-word. (Reality TV website Reality Blurred has an extensive list.)
Clawson's employer, Union Pacific Railroad, issued a statement Saturday distancing itself from his insensitive remarks, saying that they do not "condone his comments."
"The values represented by Spencer Clawson's comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific's values. Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments," the company's statement reads. "Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson."
Clawson is not the only houseguest under fire for comments made in the house. Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman's professional careers have taken a hit, with Gries being dropped by modeling agency Zephyr Talent and Bella Petite magazine and Zimmerman being terminated as an employee at East Coast USA Pageant, Inc.
Prior to the July 2 episode, CBS distanced itself from the houseguests' comments on the live feeds by issuing a statement addressing the public outcry over the cast's insensitive remarks: "We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests to the live Internet feed to be offensive." The July 3 episode, the first live eviction of the season, did not address the statements in the house, with host Julie Chen mentioning that the group's "true colors" are coming out.
This season, a new twist -- the Big Brother MVP -- asks viewers to vote for the week's "best player," who then has the power to nominate a third person for eviction. It is unclear if CBS will show any of the houseguests' controversial remarks in future episodes.
This comes after CBS moved the live evictions of the summer staple back to Thursday nights and after Food Network star/chef Paula Deen came under fire for admitting to using the N-word in the past.
Big Brother next airs 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
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