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BB10: Gay Cowboy Steven Refers to Libra as 'That Colored Girl'

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Big Brother 10 hasn't been on for a week, and already the first racist remarks have been caught on the live feeds, from gay cowboy Steven. Rants Steven about housemate Libra: "Cause that colored girl ain't controlling nothin'. She has me so mad right now. She is, like, full on herself with power."

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  1. Andy, come on now, you are kidding on this one right??? Thank God I don't watch this sort of mindless show, where do they find these churls??? I guess next he'll be wearing the Confederate flag to put the fear of God in that gal.

    Posted by: Luke | Jul 14, 2008 3:49:09 PM


  2. Tell John McCain that gay Steven was raised by a gay couple: JOHNNY LANE and OSCAR. See how he turned out.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 14, 2008 3:51:23 PM


  3. I've actually had to argue with people from certain parts of the country that colored is indeed an offensive way to describe black people.

    Its just amazing to me that in 2008 people are still this socially retarded.

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 14, 2008 3:55:56 PM


  4. It hurts me as a gay black man to see that racism is still prevalent in the gay community. I would think that the bigotry we face as gay men would be a good enough reason to fight against other forms of discrimination in our society. Shame on you Steven!

    Posted by: Calvin | Jul 14, 2008 3:56:18 PM


  5. Uh oh! I guess Steven doesn't like it when the "coloreds" forget their place!

    Idiot.

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 14, 2008 4:03:27 PM


  6. there is a difference between ignorance and racism, and I think this might be the former.

    Ignorance is referring to someone by a term that is no longer PC. We need to keep in mind that he is from rural Texas, and a rodeo cowboy. Use of a non-PC term could be simple ignorance. If the people who have surrounded him all of his life use such terms, he may (may) not know any better. Hopefully this will be a learning experience.

    THis would be racist if he said he didn't like her because she is "colored," or he wanted to evict her because she is "colored"

    there is a difference, though neither are desirable.

    Posted by: Dan B | Jul 14, 2008 4:09:20 PM


  7. Although it certainly suggests a non-sequitur mention of her race (why isn't she just "that girl" rather than "that colored girl"?), I dunno that I'd want to call it a "racist remark" - at best it seems more "racially tinged." "Colored" happens to be a fairly neutral term for race in southern dialects - alot like the fairly neutral "black" in urban dialects. Colored is clearly a dated word - and it dates from a time when many people may have used it negatively - but people still use it without any intended negative connotation at all.

    Posted by: Kipp | Jul 14, 2008 4:09:40 PM


  8. While Dan B is technically right, in that simply using the term "colored" is (arguably) not in and of itself racist, that should in no way be inferred to mean that this cowboy Steven is not, in fact, a racist.

    He is certainly ignorant, but he is probably also a full-fledged racist. I mean, these "Real World" members obviously understand that for the first time in their lives, anything and everything they say or do is going to be seen and recorded for all eternity in countless places. And yet he still chooses to display such backward-thinking so blatantly? That's not ignorant, that's racist.

    He's also certainly a prick.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Jul 14, 2008 4:18:39 PM


  9. ummmm, maybe stating the obvious here but what kind of tool gets involved with a reality show.

    I have no proof of this but I have always thought that it was after Andy Warhol met Lance Loud that he said, "In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." These shows are exactly what he was talking about.

    In the future anonymity will be sexy. How sexy is Anonymous after only just a few months of protests.

    Posted by: Walker | Jul 14, 2008 4:19:09 PM


  10. Sad! He should know first-hand how ugly bigotry is.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 14, 2008 4:24:44 PM


  11. Kipp, by the tone of your comment, I have no real alternative to taking you seriously. Are you actually convinced that your rationalization holds water?

    Rural Texas, Urban Texas and Suburban Texas alike all have equal access to current standards of communication and "colored" hasn't been an acceptable term for people of African descent for over thirty years. Those that use racially-tinged descriptors for those different than themselves are intentionally differentiating and willfully using the language with intent. Claiming ignorance in this day and age is akin to claiming you were raised on Mars.

    "Colored" is NOT a neutral term and as a lily-white WASP with a family history in this country that began in 1662, I'm offended that anyone would even attempt to use such logic with me. I know your comment wasn't personally addressed to me, but I find it particularly annoying that, as a long-time resident of Texas, anyone would excuse a person's stupidity simply because of his or her residential geographic location.

    This particular dipshit managed to get himself cast on television which would suggest that he has a bit more knowledge of cultural standards than he even allowed himself by being so offensive. How about we stop making excuses for people and start demanding accountability?

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Jul 14, 2008 4:28:27 PM


  12. Oh, fucking PUHLEEZE!!!!

    "Ignorance" my lily white ass! Now had you written, "I don't think it's so much racism as retardation" then I might have agreed with you but, again, why has Towleroad begun to stink with so many queens makling excuses for various bigots the last few weeks? Is this the dark side of the proverbial moon of more and more younger NONgays turning away from the bigotries of their elders—dizzy young queens defending it?

    But this cowgirl is THIRTY FUCKING FIVE! Ignorance??? Has he been in a coma 34 of those years? "The people who've surrounded him all his life"??? Surrounded him WHERE? Gilligan's Island? Since 1950????

    And this is but another reason I hate this show with a passion—and all those like it that purposely set up such conflicts not to "teach" people but for the homo sapien equivalent of cock fighting [in this case, VERY homo and too many will be more interested in the size of HIS cock than his intellectual or ethical SHORTcomings]. And the bells were ringing for him everytime they ran the promos in which he said he hadn't "been around" many minorities or ethnicities or whatever. And his designed nemesis uno will be the black minister's son who proclaimed in the same promos that he doesn't judge gays, we're just all gonna burn in Hell, that's all.

    Step away from the television. Just say No to Chenbot and the programmed mental slumming!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 14, 2008 4:31:18 PM


  13. dan, he's from dallas, far from "rural texas." if you've been here for more than 15 minutes you know not to call black people colored. i know many people who rodeo and who grew up in rural areas, and they know good and well not to call me colored. people here aren't as ignorant one may think.

    Posted by: rae | Jul 14, 2008 4:33:07 PM


  14. This is another reason why I stopped watching this show. Every gay person they have on is a complete and utter moron!

    Posted by: Bud | Jul 14, 2008 4:39:08 PM


  15. From his official CBS bio [emphasis mine]:

    Steven is a GEOGRAPHIC CONSULTANT by day and a rodeo cowboy by night. He is a champion bull rider in the gay rodeo CIRCUIT. He attended the SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY in Huntsville, TX as well as the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS in Denton. He earned a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN GENERAL AGRICULTURE/MARKETING and lists graduating from college as his proudest accomplishment. He also WORKED ON A MASTER'S DEGREE in Applied Geography."

    Having had some very negative experiences there, I typically refer to TexASS, but even I can't imagined anyone making it to a bachelor's degree in one of its schools, or traveling across the country on the gay rodeo circuit, and not having someone responded to his use of that 40+ yr. old term with some kind of correcting rejoinder.

    Or is he the same way about modern respectful speech as he brags about politics—by his own account, WILLFULLY ignorant of ANY candidate's name because he hates "politics." Would luv to be there when someone informs him a "colored guy" is running for President.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 14, 2008 4:49:04 PM


  16. Every season the gay contestants get dumber and more vapid. It's hateful to say "colored" and as a gay man on national tv, he should be more responsible.

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 14, 2008 4:50:30 PM


  17. call me fickle, but if he's hunky, well hung, and cute, i'll forgive a man anything...

    Posted by: the queen | Jul 14, 2008 4:51:42 PM


  18. Derrick

    The guy might be Johnny Lane himself.

    ughhhhh

    "colored" has no historical use except derogatory to refer to African Americans

    Just reaffirming why I don't and never will watch the show.

    Like Michael Bedwell said......................"purposely set up such conflicts not to "teach" people but for the homo sapien equivalent of cock fighting [in this case, VERY homo and too many will be more interested in the size of HIS cock than his intellectual or ethical SHORTcomings]. And the bells were ringing for him everytime they ran the promos in which he said he hadn't "been around" many minorities or ethnicities or whatever. And his designed nemesis uno will be the black minister's son who proclaimed in the same promos that he doesn't judge gays, we're just all gonna burn in Hell, that's all.

    Step away from the television. Just say No to Chenbot and the programmed mental slumming!"

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 14, 2008 4:53:47 PM


  19. Unfortunately, the irony that this gay cowboy is at ease with his racism shows how some white gay men live in a world where their whiteness and its privilege still allows them to think of themselves as superior to others even if they are victims of someone else's homophobia

    I also wonder about sexism here. Might this guys dislike of Libra be a result of the combination of her being a strong woman and her being African-American? Gender and racial issues tend to leverage off each other.

    The assistant general managers of the Dogers is an Asian woman Ms Ng. A couple of years ago, an older white male baseball executive made comments about her Chinese background. He used Chinglish to tease her even though, of course, she is an American who speaks perfect English. Ms. Ng believed that the bigot would have been less likely to make such comments to her if she were a man: her gender made the man feel empowered to talk down to her.

    Posted by: noah | Jul 14, 2008 4:54:11 PM


  20. MB

    "he brags about politics—by his own account, WILLFULLY ignorant of ANY candidate's name because he hates "politics." "

    Too many are like that. Just make sure their supply of whatever latest club drug is secure and the line of one night stands keeps flowing. Nothing of depth matters to such.

    Urghhhhhh

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jul 14, 2008 4:56:52 PM


  21. Who watches this crap? Seriously, if you can't think of something better to do with your time, you're in trouble.

    Posted by: busytimmy | Jul 14, 2008 5:01:39 PM


  22. He may dislike Libra because he's a Capricorn.

    (sorry, had to make a bad astrology joke here!)

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 14, 2008 5:06:55 PM


  23. Bottom line -- the statement is A) sexist, B) racially tinged, and C) pretty offensive. She's a woman, not "a girl," and she's obviously strong enough to challenge him. He has to put her down by using her gender and ethnicity.

    What's worse is, the housemates chuckle (uncomfortably or not) after his offensive remark is spewed. They don't say a word.

    All this Texas, Southern, cowboy, rodeo talk is crap. Anyone living in 2008 America, college-educated, connected to media, knows exactly why this is offensive to so many. Ignorance is not an excuse.

    Posted by: JTluvr | Jul 14, 2008 5:13:51 PM


  24. Um, sorry, but I'm quite sure this pricktooldouche is perceptive enough to know that using the term "colored" is as outdated as the term Negro.

    Please.

    And by the way, it was probably scripted as this garbage usually is.

    Posted by: banji | Jul 14, 2008 5:18:11 PM


  25. Anyone who says "colored" in 2008 is racist, period. There have been enough decades since anyone used that term commonly. Plus, isn't the whole subtext of why he's so angry with the black girl the fact that she's a black girl "full on herself with power?" She's uppity. Gross. And gross that so many people still bend over backwards to excuse it.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 14, 2008 5:21:41 PM


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