Big Brother 15 – Employer Reprimands Spencer Clawson for Controversial Remarks

Another Big Brother 15 housemate may be close to losing his job due to controversial statements made inside the house.

Spencer Clawson, a railroad conductor for Union Pacific, has been captured on Big Brother cameras calling one houseguest “Kermit the F*g” and praising Hitler as a gifted speaker.

Today, the company Spencer works for released a statement.

The values represented by Spencer Clawson’s comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific’s values. Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments.

Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.

It sounds like the company is laying the groundwork with the union to get rid of Spencer. Both Gina Marie and Aaryn have lost jobs due to racist comments on the show.


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  • IDreamIn4D

    worst Big Brother cast ever. nothing can top (or bottom of the barrel?) this cast for the most vile, save for a couple, like Elissa and Helen.

  • Incipit

    “…sounds like the company is laying the groundwork with the union…”

    With the addition of the sentence about Collective Bargaining Agreement Terms, it certainly does…although it’s not clear what that may accomplish.

    But Union Pacific is ‘very’ clear about not wanting Clawson and his values to be connected to them in any way in the public’s mind – just like the employers of the two women who have lost their positions.

    And another one bites the dust. What are the odds that there will be many of them left employed after the live feeds finally end? And I can’t seem to G.A.D.

  • ellen8

    This cast is so representative of what America is like these days and it’s really sad.

  • Soe

    I will lose respect for Julie – if she tows the CBS party line, ignoring all of these controversies in their exit interviews.

    Also, I don’t know why Big Brother edits out controversy, yet CBS lets Survivor ramp up things like “racist scandals” for ratings.

  • usedtobelucy

    …and yet I see so many folks in various topic threads here and elsewhere saying that America isn’t like this any more.

    If the younger generations — and that’s who is on this show — are so *over* racism and anti-gay bigotry and all we have to do from now on is just be ourselves cause it’s all kumbaya from here, where the heck did they get all these people?

    I really do suspect that they cast them on purpose for the controversy. But even if that’s the case, the show’s apparent ease in finding them and their obvious ease with saying this crap to total strangers (even if they do forget about the mics and cameras) suggests that underneath the nicey-nice new facade, a lot of America is still racist and homophobic as hell. If they say this to their new housemates, I can just imagine what they say to their friends back home.

  • usedtobelucy

    On the editing of this vs. Survivor — Wonder if they’re just trying different ratings strategies for different shows. Editing it out of the broadcast version entirely while leaving it completely accessible someplace else gives you two complete audiences — thus possibly more viewership (cause web viewership does count for something now with advertisers and so on), higher ratings, and more buzz. Two audiences for the price of one for the show. How far you can go with this stuff on network television is still an experimental question anyway, so I can imagine, at least, that they might try one way of using it on Survivor and a different way here?

  • Amy Beth

    Someone on another board mentioned that in addition to the the racist, etc. speech, Spencer stated that he used drugs. THAT will get you fired from a RR job faster than being a disgusting pig.

  • usedtobelucy


    He’s just a little fount of bad ideas, isn’t he? And I suppose he thinks he’s going to become a celebrity of some kind by getting himself on television so he can earn money using only his fame. Certainly hope that wish doesn’t come true.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Also, Spencer’s father is a County Circuit Judge in Arkansas. Here is another tidbit, Jeremy also has ties to Arkansas. He grew up in Benton, AR and still has a lot of family there.

  • hcpoirot

    Agree. The worst cast ever. Not only that most of them just came here to get TV screen time, did not had any strategy and ideas how to play this game, but it already proof at least 3 of them are racists. And they are young. (in their twenties)

  • akramwwhhoo

    You’re fired, you’re fired, everybody’s fired

  • Ronnie D

    This may shock some people, but Hitler was actually a great orator. He was a psychopath and murderer, of course, but he mesmerized the German population with his speeches. I don’t understand his Kermit the F@# comment though, especially since it’s well known that Kermit and Miss Piggy were a couple.

  • bridgette12

    I have some friends who work for the railroad and let me tell you, this guy is an idiot for putting all of this at risk.. He’s making some really good money as a railroad conductor, their benefit and health care package has a lot of unions wishing theirs were similar.

  • resunikcufecin

    These employers seem to be operating on shaky legal ground. What someone says in their spare time is really none of their business, even if they’re on a reality TV show. I would be surprised if they don’t face lawsuits over this.

  • girlygirl

    If Spencer is representing himself as an employee of the railroad while on BB, then they have every right to discipline him.

  • tripp_ncwy

    It seems most of these contestants are taking employer approved “leaves of absences” from their jobs so technically they are still employees so they are still under the same rules they would be if they were at work. So any of their statements or actions would be covered under any ” codes of conduct” in place by their employers.

  • breakdown

    Things you say publicly reflect on your employer. That’s why people are warned today to be careful what is said on their twitter or FB page.

  • EvenMoreron

    That hasn’t been my experience at all. I’ve been told by several companies that how you present yourself publicly and privately reflects on your professional life and the organization you represent. It just depends the kind of job you have but the area in the corporate world I work keeps a watchful eye.

  • Annatree

    how true. Did you ever think before the season start you would be rooting for Elissa? Sister of Rachel? I heard that the casting is a long process so some where along the line CBS should have had some idea what these ppl are like so I give CBS some of the blame for this hateful cast.

  • usedtobelucy

    He’s got way more protections than most because he’s got a union, but beyond what the union will protect you from employers still generally have the right to dump you for “just cause.”

    And in this case I doubt that the union would work too hard to save him, given the circumstances. When you sit around in front of video cameras that feed straight to the Internet and say stuff that could taint every organization you belong to, you aren’t going to end up with a lot of champions. I’m sure the union has plenty of people that they really *want* to protect because of things that matter — pretty sure that they’d do close to the minimum for dumb behavior like this.

  • pj

    People get fired for comments on Facebook.

  • catcatcat123

    SPencer should be thrown off Not for the bigotry he displays But for the fact that he sexually assualted one of the girls in the house. He said he touched her vagina etc. and that she wasn’t happy with that That to me is Sexual Assault, No one has the right to touch someone without their approval. This is SEXUAL Assault !

  • catcatcat123

    Spencer is an abuser he should be thrown off He sexually assualted one of the girls in the house. He said he touched her vagina etc. and that she wasn’t happy with that That to me is Sexual Assault, No one has the right to touch someone without their approval. This is SEXUAL Assault !