As anyone who has had the live feeds knows, Chima Simone, who was expelled from the Big Brother House, was using the word “terrorist” to describe fellow housemate Russell. What wasn’t shown on television however was just how often she used the term, and HOW she used the term. On television, the one time they showed her saying it, it was pretty mellow, and she explained it away as “He is terrorizing the people in the house.” However, that is NOT what she meant. All week long while she was HOH, she compared him to 9/11 and herself as the World Trade Center. At one point, when Natalie couldn’t see him on the HOH cam, Chima pointed him out saying look, he blends in, that’s what terrorists do. This went on and on and on all week. So for her to now say that isn’t what she meant, well, that is exactly what she meant.
This apology was e-mailed from Chima to her place of employment, HollyScoop.com, who has reportedly received many protests about her behavior in the house. Make of it what you will. Click “Read more” to see the whole apology, then come visit us in the forum to talk about it.
“Upon recently leaving the Big Brother show this season I have been privy to many judgments and criticisms made of every aspect of my being ranging from things as trivial as my appearance to more egregious comments referring to me as a racist.
As a woman of color, I have experienced racism first hand. I know what it is to be discriminated against so I would never want to inflict that pain onto someone else. I will, however, always stand up for myself. Many of you perceive my resolute candor objectionable, but I have always been outspoken and will remain so. I will never apologize for my looks, personality, or straightforwardness.
Nonetheless, I am particularly sorry that my words disparaged the regard and respect that should be shown to all cultures, especially the Middle Eastern community in this time of great turmoil within our nations. In describing Russell’s abusive, bullying, and threatening actions towards me and other houseguests, I referred to him as a terrorist. I used a phrase that was insensitive given his Middle Eastern descent and I apologize to all who are justifiably offended with my use of that racially charged term.
My sentiments concerning his behavior, however, remain intact. I do not agree with his antagonistic rampages throughout the house. Russell constantly demoralized many of us on a consistent basis and his conduct was alarming, daunting, and terrifying.
Fortunately, for me, I do not have to be subjected to those tirades anymore. I am going on with my life in the real world. I wish the remaining BB housemates the best of luck!”