The #MeToo movement has moved in to the “Big Brother” house. During Sunday’s episode, brand new Head of Household Sam Bledsoe shocked the house with her nominations speech accusing Haleigh Broucher and Kaitlyn Herman of essentially betraying the movement against sexual harassment and assault. “Honestly I don’t care for how the two of you treat the young men in this house. I think that they deserve more respect and I think that it is the opposite of female empowerment,” Sam declared after nominating them for eviction.
Later in the Diary Room, Sam clarified her thoughts. “I think Haleigh and Kaitlyn are trying to manipulate the young men in the house. They always seem to be hanging all over them and, ‘I want a hug and I want a massage and play with my hair.'” Sam added, “I think that that sort of game play is cheap and it’s the easy way.”
Both nominees broke into tears, feeling that Sam completely misunderstood what’s going on. Haleigh said, “Do I flirt? Yes, so does every other female in this house. My family is watching this.” And Kaitlyn remarked, “I am not sitting here upset because I’m on the block. I’m more upset by the words that Sam said and the accusations that she’s putting against me on a personal level. It’s the opposite of women supporting women.”
Two of the young men that Sam referred to in her nominations speech are Faysal Shafaat and Tyler Crispen. Haleigh and Faysal are involved in a showmance while Kaitlyn is slowly falling for Tyler. While showmances have been a part of CBS’s reality TV show since the very beginning, this is the first time that an HOH nominated two flirtatious women for betraying female empowerment.
After winning the “Out on a Limb” HOH competition, Sam refused to let anyone try to campaign or influence her decision. She said she knew who she wanted to put up and that was that. Many of the houseguests were caught off-guard by Sam’s approach, with JC Mounduix even joking that she was running a “dictatorship.” Do YOU think Sam made the right decision by nominating Haleigh and Kaitlyn? Sound off down in the comments section.
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