The chief executive of CBS calls the racial slurs heard on his network’s reality program Big Brother “absolutely appalling,” but defended the show as a “social experiment.” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Unfortunately, it’s a reflection of what some people in America are feeling,” said Leslie Moonves to a group of reporters on a press tour of the fall television season.
Moonves remarks follows similar comments by his wife Julie Chen who is the host of the program.
The slurs on the program made by contestants Gina Marie Zimmerman (pictured left) and Aaryn Gries (pictured right) against Asians, blacks and gays have generated much talk on the internet and increased ratings for the program.
Moonves believes Big Brother is more than just an entertainment program, but has social value as a mirror on society.