CBS Brass Face Criticism Over Diversity Issues On ‘Big Brother’, ‘Survivor’ – TCA
Despite CBS programming chiefs on Thursday touting strides with diversity in front of and behind the camera of their scripted series, they continued to come under fire by the TCA press corps for mismanaging inclusivity on the network’s reality programs like Big Brother and Survivor.
One press member today specifically called out the situation of Kemi, an African-American woman on Big Brother, who in the wake of being eliminated from the show claimed series producers tried to goad her into playing the part of a sassy black woman. The reporter also reminded CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl and SVP Programming Thom Sherman about Survivor contestant Julia Carter’s 4,600-word essay on her experience during Season 38, which entailed a racial slur being used on the first day and the backlash she received after discussing exclusion in the first four episodes. (read more)