Big Brother All-Stars has been over for a couple of months now, but the drama and fun with its stars are still going strong right into the end of 2020. Recently, fans were up in a tizzy, and for a second it looked like pitchforks were being raised against beloved host Julie Chen. It all stems from a gift the host sent former houseguest Kevin Campbell, which confused him greatly.
For context, Kevin Campbell revealed during Big Brother All-Stars that when he came out as gay, he was publicly shamed in his church and excommunicated from the Jehovah's Witness religion. The experience certainly impacted his outlook on religion, which then made it weird when he opened up a care package from CBS and found a bible and Christian-themed snacks specifically from host Julie Chen. Check out the video of Kevin unboxing the gift below, and his reaction.
In the original video, it's clear Kevin Campbell is a bit confused by the gesture. While Kevin didn't explicitly lay out his thoughts on the situation in his video, other Big Brother fans went to bat for him to call out Julie Chen for what they believed was an insensitive gift.
To send someone excommunicated from his church for being gay a bible is really annoying. This is why we keep our religion to ourselves.
There was also the crowd on the other end of the spectrum, who felt it was wrong of Kevin and the fans to react any negative way to the gift. After all, a gift is a gift, even if it may not be a great one for the person receiving it.
That was so disrespectful. It’s a gift you don’t like it don’t use it.
This discourse went back and forth between fans on Twitter before Kevin Campbell himself finally hopped back on the platform to get specific about how he felt about the gift. Kevin thanked fans for weighing in on the situation and laid out where he stood with Julie Chen after receiving the gift.
Y’all are sending me with the responses! I knew you’d have fun with me! For the record although I have a negative experience with religion, I wasn’t offended. Just confused...but this past summer revealed I’m often confused. Grateful for the love from JCM and BB.
Ultimately, Kevin Campbell holds no ill will towards Julie Chen for her religious gift. Even if he won't be using her gifted bible, he seems grateful to have received a gift, and that CBS would send him a care package for being on Big Brother All-Stars at a time where it wasn't easy for anyone to do many things.
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