Christopher Biggins Kicked Out of Big Brother House for Biphobic Comments

Celebrity-Big-BrotherIt’s not often you see a celeb publicly shamed for a spot of casual biphobia, alas. But that seems to be exactly what’s happened to actor Christopher Biggins, who has just been turfed out of the Big Brother house for “making comments capable of causing widespread offence”.  

The folks at Channel 5 are being a bit cagey about exactly which comments these are. However, it seems incredibly likely that his suggestion that “bisexuals are the worst kind” because they are simply “people not wanting to admit they’re gay” who can’t “pick a team” might well have been the catalyst.

Biggins made the comments on Tuesday during a discussion with fellow housemate Renee Graziano. His words caused an outcry, inspiring three major LGBT charities with whom he boasts a longstanding involvement – Stonewall, The Peter Tatchell Foundation and the Terrence Higgins Trust – to announce that they would no longer allow him to have ties with them until he apologised.

It’s great that he’s gone, but on the other hand, it feels very sad and galling that this is still an exception that proves a rule. It would be nice to believe that this high-profile case will accelerate the development of a widespread intolerance for biphobia in mainstream entertainment and media… but I’m not necessarily holding my breath.

 

 

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Charlotte Dingle

Charlotte 'Lottie' Dingle is Biscuit's founding editor. When she's not running freelancing for a diverse bunch of clients ranging from Cosmo to Occupy, she enjoys teaching life drawing, discussing life/the universe/everything with her beloved (but smelly) 22-year-old cat, writing flash fiction for her MA course, getting pretentious tattoos, listening to folk music, creating surrealist art, trying to change the world and drinking red wine. Oh, and My Little Pony. Don't forget My Little Pony. Her favourite biscuits are cream crackers (do they count as biscuits?).

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