Celebrity Big Brother premiered in the UK this week, with a US vs UK theme, and a contestant has already been disqualified.
Reality star, Tila Tequila was asked to leave the show after a blog post written in 2013 that was sympathetic to Hitler was discovered. Titled “Why I Sympathize With Hitler Part 1: True History Unveiled,” she called the deceased dictator a “good man” and “man of compassion,” adding that she had the same “hopes an dreams” as Hitler.
“I feel extremely compassionate and sympathy for the man with a ruined legacy as well as a forever condemned great people of Germany!” Tequila added.
I understand the Jewish people went through some s–t too,” Yeah…you know…those 6 million Jews Hitler murdered. “But hey guess what?? SO DID THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED IN EVERY SINGLE WAR THST TOOK PLACE! “You were NOT the only ones! So please, if the rest of us can forgive and forget maybe it’s time you do also!!! [sic]”
A bizarre photo of herself glammed up with a gun, sporting a Nazi armband, posing in front of the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz was posted on Instagram following the blog post.
Tequila, whose real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, has since apologized via Twitter.
It took a Change.Org petition from he U.K.-based group Campaign Against Antisemitism to call the blog post to Celebrity Big Brother producers’ attention.
“Unfortunately, Channel 5 and Endemol did not know about the views and attitudes Tila had expressed in social media postings prior to her involvement in Celebrity Big Brother. When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house,” a rep for Channel 5 said in a statement. “The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the program was untenable.”
In her twitter apology, Tila claimed she was drug addicted at the time, and not thinking straight:
“Back in 2013, I made a statement about Hitler not being a bad person and immediately realized soon after that I had made a terrible mistake that would ultimately come back to haunt me. During that time, I had been suffering from severe depression and drug addiction for many years prior to that. I also attempted to commit suicide in 2012 and overdosed on prescription pills. I wanted to die. I felt worthless and unloved as that pain continued to grow, causing me to further spiral out of control.”
I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible, reckless and selfish actions and I hope that everyone can forgive me for the pain that I may have caused,” Tequila continued. ” I want to be a good role model for my daughter because I don’t want her to go through what I had to endure. I hope that I will be given a second chance at life to make things right again.”
I am in no way, shape or form nor antisemitic and absolutely 100 percent not a Nazi supporter [sic]. It was a careless mistake I made in 2013 while suffering severe depression, drug addiction and [being] suicidal. This is not the woman I have grown up to be today and the loving mother that I have become. I humbly ask for forgiveness from everyone I may have hurt or offended.”
I hope that Celebrity Big Brother will give me a second chance.”
Tequila may not be paid for her time on the show. Other US “celebrities” in the house are Farrah Abraham, Janice Dickinson and Jenna Jameson. That’s quite the stellar Z list of “stars” right there.
It’s hard to believe as Tequila went through the casting process, Endemol didn’t discover her past. A simple Google search would have uncovered it. Unless they knew it, but didn’t anticipate the backlash–which is also pretty unbelievable.