Big Brother's Jeff Schroeder Goes on a Homophobic Rant Against Dumbledore

By Seth Abramovitch

Jul 13, 2011

If you’re one of those Big Brother freaks who spends every summer locked inside a command center, pounding 5-Hour Energy drinks and scanning a wall of monitors in the hopes that one of the 15 feeds you subscribe to will turn up something worthwhile—well, last night was your lucky night. Contestant Jeff Schroeder, who first appeared on Big Brother 11, got into a heated debate with housemate Kalia Booker over the rumored sexual preference of a fictional character: Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels. (Kalia is right, by the way. While nothing in the books explicitly proves it, Rowling told a crowd at Carnegie Hall in 2007, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.” It was a revelation which made perfect sense somehow, but, predictably, set off a tidal wave of gay wizard jokes.)

To say this news took Jeff by surprise would be an understatement. Noting at first that Dumbledore “doesn’t have any gay tendencies,” Jeff grew increasingly agitated and irate. “He’s in school with little kids!” he shouted. “You don’t want to make that guy gay!” Asked to expound, Jeff explained, “It isn't right to have it in a little kid's book, and have the head master locked away in this magical land, be gay. That isn't the right kind of writing to do.” He never actually said it, but it was pretty clear what he was getting at: that Dumbledore’s sexuality would automatically predispose him to being a pedophile and sex predator. He was suggesting that Dumbledore would molest boy wizards! That attitude—that gays can’t be around children because they’d rape them—is a hugely bigoted and hopelessly outdated argument, traditionally used by homophobes to perpetuate hate crimes against gay people and deny them basic rights. It makes Jeff look really, really bad. And the fact that he argued so passionately for it over a completely fictional character in a children’s book makes him look even worse. Idiot.

Watch the video of Schroeder's tirade at TMZ.

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  • KathleenMitc Sep 09, 2011

    I really dont belive it came out the right way. I dont think he ment that he didnt want his son going to a school with a gay teacher because he was gay. I belive he ment that he didnt want his son to get confused and when realised he was, then to get beat up and tormented in elementary/high school, where alot of kids WOULD do stuff such as that. I feel bad for Jeff.

  • ibnuts Aug 29, 2011

    I think the writer of this article is a militant gay and is trying to assign meaning to Jeff's words that he did not mean himself. Homosexuals seem to do this often to draw more people to their causes. He shouts when he's joking around. This is much ado about nothing.

  • IsabellaMonah Aug 12, 2011

    ... Who cares, really? God, Dumbledore is a fictional character for goodness sake... It does NOT mean he is homophobic. He was probably kidding. This so-called 'shouting' is what he does when he is kidding around... For God's sake, people!!

  • CrisAnnette Aug 09, 2011

    I applaud Jeff for speaking his mind. And isn't it contradictory to accuse him of being homophobic and hating him for it? He has a right to his feelings and preferences. I don't agree with homosexuality either, however I do not have a phobia towards them. And yes, I agree with Jeff's Harry Potter conclusions, not because I automatically think of the fictional character as being a pedophile or such, but because it is possible that his preferences would be or could be suggested to the students, just as any preference could be.

  • Ravynwolfe Jul 24, 2011

    Jeff..you're being an uneducated ass. There are more straight pedophiles out in the world today than there are gay ones. Being a homosexual does not make you a pedophile. I don't know how in the world you connect those two. That's like me saying every single man should be suspect because most of pedophiles are men. Make sense? And here I really did like you. Well..I still like your girlfriend unless she agrees with this insanity.

  • LeahBrown1 Aug 19, 2011

    I am not sure which article you read or if you even listened to the live feed but NO WHERE, and at NO TIME did Jeff say that this headmaster was a pedophile. He simply (in Jeff's "excited" tone) stated that a fictional character, in a childrens book, that runs a school should not be gay. That is his opinion, which he is entitled to and the writer of this article, Seth Abramovitch, should know that by putting words in Jeff's mouth and making such accusations is slander.

  • wowlolol Jul 21, 2011

    Alright first of all big brother is a great show and obviously its a good show since it is on like the 13th season second. Who cares about harry potter you act as if he made fun of a real person dumbledore is a FICTIONAL character so it doesn't matter at all and to get offended by it is stupid...and third for people to judge him for stating his opinion is dumb your all stating your opinions on here...and jeff and jordin aren't dumb

  • mayaderen Jul 15, 2011

    I don't watch reality TV and I bet I am not missing out on anything.. this article proves it!
    PS: I always thought of Dumbledore as a celibate man not particularly interested in men or woman, but he's like a 120 years old in the times the books take place so I guess that's reasonable. He definitely did have that whole love/hate affair with Grindelwald.. did anyone miss that?

  • Seth_TV Jul 14, 2011

    @Rich2244 You are the most useless commenter on TV.com.

  • mermayd Jul 14, 2011

    I'm more shocked that big Brother is still airing somewhere. People on that show are only there for their idiotic ideas so it's hardly surprisingly that a contestant is spouting cr*p.

  • kbx_gal Aug 04, 2011

    Wake up M.F. the reason these people are on this show is for $500,000. This is game in order to win money...these people do not go on to have a SUCCESSFUL ACTING CAREER... they are there for the money. Just like Survivor, the Amazing Race, etc. This is not Jersey Shore... Save your comments for the shit shows (aka the previously mentioned Jersey Shore)....

  • shootingstar609 Jul 14, 2011

    @CJ42090= you are absolutely right! It has nothing to do with politics or propaganda of any political viewpoint. People do need to be called out on their ignorance. The only way to diffuse a stereotype is to meet it head on with information.

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