CLEVELAND - The recent firestorm surrounding Paula Deen's use of racial slurs has left her in tears on the "Today" show and without a number of high profile endorsement deals.
Deen, however, is far from the only person in the limelight that has made insensitive comments in just the past week alone.
Alec Baldwin lambasted a reporter via Twitter using a gay slur and explicit language. George Stark of the "Daily Mail" wrote a story about Baldwin's wife tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral Thursday, which Baldwin said was completely false.
Among other threats, Baldwin called the British reporter a "toxic little queen."
He has since issued an apology to GLAAD .
On the 24/7 live online feeds of CBS' "Big Brother," three contestants, GinaMarie, Kaitlin and Aaryn criticized other housemates' race and sexuality.
Endemol, the series' production company, has pulled the video from YouTube due to copyright claims but a number of outlets have already reported on its content.
Here are some examples from Zap2It :
- Aaryn mocks Asian American housemate Helen for crying, saying "Dude, shut up, go make some rice."
- GinaMarie continues, adding they should make Helen's "eyes straight."
- Aaryn, GinaMarie and Kaitlin also turn to African American contestants Candice and Howard, with someone saying "blacks stick together" and calling them "tokens."
- Aaryn says Andy will win the show's MVP, a special privilege voted on by viewers, because "people love the queers."
None of these comments have made it to CBS' edited airing in any form. Plenty of time, however, has been spent outlining Aaryn's "showmance" with housemate David.
CBS distanced itself from the comments in a statement, saying that several of the houseguests' remarks have been offensive and any views expressed by contestants do not reflect those of the network.
That same statement also says, "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."
However, CBS is not living up to that mission in its televised product, instead sweeping the bigotry under the rug for those viewers who don't subscribe to the show's live feeds.
Deen's grievances have been aired out extensively across the media. Yet, CBS refuses to show very real prejudices on its "reality" show.
That's portraying an alternate reality.