Big Brother 16 contestant Caleb Reynolds is certainly easy on the eyes but the homophobic, Islamophobic and racist comments he made during a political discussion on his personal Instagram account were difficult for many to accept.
The controversy reminded fans of the show of all the turmoil from last season when a few contestants made similar remarks that were caught on camera during the 24/7 live feed. This history only fueled the immediate backlash that resulted in Caleb’s remarks getting circulated on Big Brother fan sites, blogs like ours and even TMZ.
In an attempt to set the record straight Caleb’s dad, Paul Reynolds, spoke with Glenn Beck’s libertarian/conservative leaning website TheBlaze.
Before we get Paul’s reaction – here’s the comments that stirred all this up even before Caleb stepped into the Big Brother house:
“You believe in murder? You agree with f*gs? I guess so but I don’t agree with murdering A innocent baby which he clearly doesn’t mind. Nothin has changed these last four years. You know it. Your just a democrat that wants that Muslim monkey in office. I’m done with you, your dismissed.”
Here’s a sample of what Caleb Reynold’s dad had to say, “It was a political debate. That screenshot doesn’t show the full context of the discussion. Caleb never says an ill word about anybody. It was completely out of character for him to get that upset.”
Paul also said that sites were insinuating that his son, who served in the military, was suffering from PTSD. This combined with his affinity for hunting was fueling negative comments that he could be an actual physical threat to the other contestants.
Mr. Reynolds founded Veterans Xtreme Adventures, a non-profit that provides wounded veterans with hunting opportunities and other therapeutic excursions. Caleb works within this organization for his dad.
Paul also believes that his son is being unfairly pegged as a racist because of his southern accent and his Christian faith. “If you’re conservative, Christian and patriotic you just about have to run and hide in this world,” he lamented. Paul then said, “Caleb is not a racist or a homophobe, he’s the furthest thing from it. He’s being labeled being a hateful person, when he’s the most lovable guy that’s out there.”
When asked as part of his bio question and answer via CBS Caleb said that one of the items he would take into the house is his, “Bible just to get my daily word in and scriptures to give me guidance and peace.” When asked what would be hard about being in the house for him he said, “Throwing a sexy girl that likes me under the bus will be hard but I will do what I have to do. So kiss me, lay with me, have sex with me, tell me you love me, I’m still in it to win.”
Paul hopes that Caleb will use the opportunity to not only advance his modeling and singing career aspirations, but that he’ll bear witness to his Christian raising. “We can only hope he’ll maintain himself like he was raised and like he really is. I hope he becomes a witness. I also don’t want him to become the ugly Christian that turns everyone off.”
Considering that he’s caught up in this racism controversy and already “reality TV famous” it’s somewhat ironic that when asked what he would do if the show made him famous he answered in part, “I would try my best not to turn into another Justin Bieber.”