“Big Brother 16” contestant Frankie Grande started his summertime sequester with the potential to be the most popular person in the house, but he’s quickly turning off the other houseguests—and viewers. Grande’s latest faux pas? The self-described social media guru cracked a graphic rape joke about fellow houseguest Victoria Rafaeli. On Sunday, TMZ revealed that Rafael’s family is angry and wants an apology.
Grande’s told “BB16” contestants Cody Calafiore and Caleb Reynolds that they should get Victoria drunk and “double team” her and "take all her virginities." Rafael’s mother, Lizabeth, now feels her daughter is “a target for rape,” and is demanding an apology from Frankie – and his famous sister, pop star Ariana Grande.
MJ’s Big Blog also posted video of the disturbing exchange, in which none of Rafaeli’s fellow houseguests come to her defense—not even married father Derrick Levasseur or the only female in the room, Christine Brecht. But Grande appears to be the most vocal offender in the video, and it’s not the first time the once popular contestant has said something that has turned viewers off.
E! News revealed earlier this week that Grande, who is openly gay, said that while homosexual men are born gay, women who like other women choose to be lesbians. "Any lesbians choose to become lesbians later in life," Grande told his housemates. "Women who have been with man after man after man after man choose to become a lesbian later in life. Gay men it doesn't work so much that way. “
Grande also blamed America for his recent make-your-own mission failure, which had him dressing in drag to mimic ousted an ousted female houseguest. According to Zap 2 It, Grande wouldn’t admit that his idea to put on a “Big Brother” play was weak, and instead said America had problem with seeing a man in drag on TV. “A man in drag is not a popular concept to the rest of the world,” he said. “Now that I'm thinking about it, a lot of America is not ready to see a man in drag and this is an American family show. There are a lot of American families that do not understand that.”
In another upsetting incident, the 31-year-old former Broadway star also remarked that ousted houseguest Jacosta Odom "can kill herself” if she didn’t like his eviction nominations.
Frankie Grande is lucky he has more than one million social media followers, because he’s going to need to get the word out to do some damage control once he exits the “Big Brother” house.
"Big Brother" airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on CBS.