In the August 6th episode of Celebrity Big Brother, Christopher Biggins was given the boot after making quite the controversial remarks about AIDS. He called the disease “a bisexual disease”, sparking the Big Brother’s decision to remove him from the show.
The Controversial Remarks Caught On Tape
During the show, Biggins was filmed discussing the history of the LGBT community with Renee when he said, “Gays had been really badly treated, then suddenly they became respected…Then a killer disease came that was attributed to homosexuals. I think it was a bisexual disease to be honest.” He added: “What they didn’t realize were a lot of bisexuals that went to those [third world] countries and had sex with those people and brought it back to America.”
Earlier in the week he was also accused of biphobia by viewers, after discussing the LGBT community with Renee.”I think the worst type though is, I’m afraid to say, the bisexuals,” he said in scenes aired on Monday. “What it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay.”
What Wasn’t Aired
Although his comments about bisexuals were bad enough, apparently they weren’t the only reason Biggins was kicked off the show. Biggins was also rebuked in the Diary Room for comments made towards Katie earlier in the week that weren’t shown on air, mystifying the viewers. “In Monday, during a conversation with Katie where she remarked that she was not in the house to represent the Jewish community, your comment was plainly capable of causing offence to Katie and the viewing public,” Big Brother said, and Biggins seemed to agree with a simple “yes”.
“Big Brother spoke to you about your language. When Big Brother pointed out to you that your language was capable of great offence, you apologized and indicated you understood the seriousness of the situation.”
Then, Big Brother referred to his conversation with Renee on Monday’s show and the “unacceptable language regarding bisexuality” from Friday’s conversation, adding: “Big Brother is left with no other option but to remove you from the house.” Biggins claimed he was “very sorry and very sad” upon hearing the news.
Earlier in the episode Biggins told his fellow housemate Grant Bovey “I’ve made three mistakes in here so I’ve been chastised so I’ve become very aware and careful. “Of course the thing is as you relax it gets worse cause you think you’re at home.”
Biggins spoke to the publication The Sun about his controversial comments, admitting that he made reference to the Holocaust while talking to Katie Waissel. “I found Katie and said ‘I am mortified. I would never do anything to upset you. I love you and I’m really sorry’,” he said.