The TV personality’s comments sparked 20 complaints to the broadcasting watchdog, and Ofcom has now confirmed (via the Guardian): “We’re investigating whether a contestant’s comments about bisexual people were offensive and breached generally accepted standards.”
In the most recent series of ‘CBB’, a conversation between Christopher and Renee Graziano rang alarm bells with viewers, as he was heard telling her: “I think the worst type though, I’m afraid to say, is the bisexuals.
“What it is, is people not wanting to admit they’re gay… be honest, that’s what you’ve got to be.”
In a conversation later in the series, he also discussed HIV, claiming the virus was spread by bisexual people who had sex abroad, with infected people, before they “brought it back to their own families in America, and that’s how it became a worldwide disease”.
Christopher received a number of warnings while in the ‘CBB’ house and after he was eventually removed, it emerged he’d made comments made about the Holocaust, which never made it into the final broadcast.
These remarks will not be investigated, as the scenes were not screened on television.
The Channel 5 reality television show isn’t the only programme under investigation as on Monday (26 September), Ofcom also announced plans to further examine a ‘Coronation Street’ episode that included a ‘Kunta Kinte’ reference.