Big Brother 17 is apparently on top of the pop culture Zeitgeist, casting a house guest who is a transgender woman, according to TMZ.
Audrey Middleton, who will be one of the houseguests on the upcoming “Big Brother,” was not always Audrey … she was born Adam.
TMZ has learned Audrey will become the first transgender on the U.S. version of the show, and she plans to use the program as a showcase … similar to what Caitlyn Jenner has been doing.
Audrey grew up in a small Georgia town as a boy, and life was far from easy. We’re told when she transitioned several years ago, her family had a hard time accepting it, but they’re now fully supportive and on board.
The 25-year-old was inspired by Caitlyn Jenner’s story, but she’s also just a big fan of “Big Brother.”
It’s a dicey move for producers, given the show has had its share of racist and homophobic houseguests. The show runs a livestream 24/7 and things happen. But we’re told it will all become a teaching moment and Audrey is pumped.
I watched the live feed interviews this morning. If this story is true (and it likely is) Amanda is holding on to the reveal until the live show. I found her sort of cold and guarded. If the houseguests don’t like her, it will be for reasons other than her being trans, I suspect.
Read more at TMZ
UPDATE: CBS has released a statement
Audrey Middleton is a Big Brother super fan who applied online, like many other hopeful Houseguests, and was open about her transition in the application process. It is customary for Big Brother Houseguests to share personal news inside the house, and Audrey plans to discuss her story with the houseguests in her own words during the premiere episode on Wednesday, June 24.