'Big Brother' Season 20 Contestants Accused of Racism and Sexual Harassment

Fans are outraged over the behavior of some of the show's castmembers.
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Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler

Big Brother season 20 is facing controversy over comments and actions by some of the show's contestants.

On Monday night, on the show's 24/7 live feed, castmembers Angela Rummans and Rachel Swindler used the term "ghetto" when referring to their skin color.

Swindler then compared her tan to her African-American roommate Bayleigh Dayton. "My stomach is as dark as Bay," she said. "I can't be in the sun for two days straight. … I will change ethnicities. I already have."

Rummans responded: "I'm looking ghetto here with the skin coloration."

Viewers of the show were quick to pick up the comments, calling the women racist on Twitter and urging the show's producers to step in.

On Tuesday evening, CBS issued the following statement: "Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and capturing every unfiltered moment and conversation in their lives. At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and exhibit behavior that we do not condone. The producers have addressed two such incidents that were seen recently on the 24/7 online feed. In both cases, those involved have been warned about their inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, as well as future consequences. These events will not be part of any future Big Brother broadcast on CBS."

This is not the first outcry from fans this season. Fans previously accused JC Mounduix of sexual harassment for inappropriately touching other contestants' genitals with an ice cream scooper, as seen on Big Brother's live feed. Fans on Twitter have called for Mounduix's removal from the show because of his actions.

In 2013, the series was plagued with controversy after some of its season 15 contestants exhibited overt racism during their time on the show.

Before viewing the show's 24/7 live feed, CBS has in place a note that reads: "Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7. At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised."

July 3, 8:14 p.m. Updated with CBS response

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