Big Brother contestant Spencer Clawson might find himself out of work when he leaves the Big Brother house, as Union Pacific is distancing itself from its employee for praising Hitler and using abusive language on the reality show.
According to reports, Clawson is said to have praised Hilter as a gifted speaker, and called a houseguest, "Kermit the F***"
"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 said, in a statement on its website. “Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.”
Last week, two other contestants -- Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman -- lost their modeling agency jobs because of racist comments they made on the show.
CBS, which airs Big Brother, has also called offensive the racial slurs used by some of its contestants on the live Internet feed of the reality show. The channel dedicated a good portion of Sunday’s episode to showing its viewers some of the offensive comments made by Gries and Zimmerman.
The montage, according to Entertainment Weekly, shows Gries addressing a gay housemate as queer and telling Helen Kim, a houseguest of Asian origin, to “go make some rice.” At one point, she even says, “I probably look like a squinty Asian right now,” before mocking Asian nail salon workers by saying, “why you no have boyfriend? It’s because you don’t want long nail!”
Zimmerman’s racist comment about African-American contestant Candice Stewart was also briefly shown during Sunday’s episode. Zimmerman is believed to have said Stewart is on the dark side “because she’s already dark.”
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.