Big Brother contestants are under fire for referring to trans participant ‘it’
The live feed on Sunday on CBS showed Jason Dent and Cody Nickson, both conestants on Big Brother 19, sitting in a hot tup, Jessica Fraf and Matt Clines jopined them there. Discussing Season 17, Graf brought up contestant Audrey Middleton, who was the first contestant to identify as trans.“She was the first transgendered cast member,” Graf says. Dent asked: “What the fuck does that mean – she was a she?” Nickson replied: “It was a dude dressed up as a woman”. To which Dent replied: “Okay it was a dude”. At that point, Graf said they were “walking such a thin line”. Later on the feed, Graf referred to Middleton using female pronouns, but Dent responded: “Okay but it was a he.” Dent later asked: “Was it a he first, or a she first?” Clines laughed at that point but said it was problematic that Dent had continually referred to Middleton as “it”. Middleton has seen an episode and reacted on it via Twitter saying that those people were born without emotional intelligence. The Washington Blade reports that Nickson, 32, a construction worker, has used the term “tranny” multiple times this season. Ramses Soto, another contestant on the show who is openly gay, has not been filmed addressing the issue.