‘Big Bro’s’ Evicted Houseguest Howard on Show’s Racism

“Big Brother”: Howard Overby talks to host Julie Chen (Aug 1, 2013)

*“Big Brother‘s” Howard Overby has become the first African American houseguest to be evicted from the house this season following weeks of racial controversy.

The 29-year-old youth counselor from Mississippi was up for eviction alongside fellow African American houseguest Candice Stewart and Amanda Zuckerman. The Head of Household was Aaryn Gries, whose racist comments have made headlines and caused her to be dropped by her modeling agency Amanda was America’s nominee for eviction, while Aaryn chose Candice to replace original pick Spencer Clawson once Spencer won the Power of Veto and took himself off the block.  

Aaryn Gries flips Candice's bed on Big Brother

Aaryn Gries flips Candice’s bed on Big Brother

Following Aaryn’s infamous bed-flipping incident (see above photo), Overby grew closer to Candice, forming an inseparable bond — with Overby telling Julie Chen in his post-eviction interview that they have a deep friendship. In the fifth post-eviction interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Overby discusses the houseguests’ controversial comments, his feelings about the Mean Girls (Aaryn, Gina and Kaitlin Barnaby), his picks for the final four and the two moments he would do over again.

The Hollywood Reporter: How are you feeling after your eviction? Has it sunk in yet that your game is over?

Howard Overby: More and more as hours go by. I was debriefed on a lot of things, leaving the house. From there, it was just taking a deep breath and it’s bittersweet. I definitely wanted to be the first African American to win this game. That wasn’t for me. I did what I was supposed to do in the house and I’m at peace with that and what’s to come is to come. I’m excited about the future. I just wanted to get back to being a civilian, to read a book that wasn’t the Bible, to watch TV. I watched TV — movies — until about 4 a.m. last night. I’m still energized right now. Then hearing some of these responses to how the show has been perceived and some of the happenings that happened in the house and what’s going on in society, that definitely put a damper on it from my heart. Even though I may be perceived on the good side of it, it still doesn’t feel good to be a part of it and have people see that, but at the same time it is good for people to see on the other side because that stuff still does exist and it’s very alive and well.

THR: How do you feel about being attached to a season that has been known for some of the houseguests’ controversial comments made in the house?

Overby: If I may answer that question …read more

Source: Electronic Urban Report