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 That attitude—that gays can’t be around children because they’d rape them—is a hugely bigoted and hopelessly outdated argument, traditionally used by homophobes to perpetuate hate crimes against gay people and deny them basic rights.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.