Adam Jasinski, one of the houseguest's on CBS's Big Brother 9, has outraged the autism community by calling the autistic children he supposedly works so hard helping "retards." Jasinski stated that he would spend his winnings to start a hair salon for those with developmental disabilities, whom he referred to as "retards." When challenged by another houseguest on the use of the "retard" to refer to autistic children, Jasinski responded, "I can call them whatever I want. I work with them all day, OK?"
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CBS released the following statement to Wizbang Pop!:
- "Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7--and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Adam to be offensive, but believe they were countered by the immediate reaction of shock and condemnation from a fellow Houseguest (Sheila).
Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."