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

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 That attitude—that gays can’t be around children because they’d rape them—is a hugely bigoted and hopelessly outdated argument, traditionally used by homophobes to perpetuate hate crimes against gay people and deny them basic rights.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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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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?
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Jul 14, 2011
@Rich2244 You are the most useless commenter on TV.com.
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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.
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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)....

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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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Jul 14, 2011
First of all the fact that this conversation took place on Big Brother explains SO much about why I don't watch this show. Second of all Dumbledore, much to some people's disappointment, is a fictional character. Who cares if he is or is not gay I personally think that there are two things at work here: one, each person who reads a story has their own ideas about what the characters look like and how they act and their personalities etc. and when the author of that story comes out and says how he or she envisioned the characters, it kinda ruins your individual vision of them. Second, it's a good idea for there to be some unconventional characters in books to teach children (and everyone else) about diversity and accepting people etc. But, there is an even more important issue here which is that even though the wizarding world seems like a far off place, they still have and face a lot of the same issues that we have in the muggle world. Which makes you wonder one other thing, how are gay people viewed in the wizarding world? Are they more or less accepted than here? Do people wait years to come out out fear or is it just accepted as one part of a diverse life?
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Jul 14, 2011
I almost feel sorry for him- Big Brother always brings out the absolute worst in people. Still as to why that is confounds me- you\'d think people could **** their way through a few weeks of extended PR time with a bunch of people in the same boat. He must really believe what he said in which case he can kindly screw off.
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Jul 14, 2011
I wouldn't be inclined to call him stupid, just uninformed. Depending upon where one grows up they may not have much exposure to homosexuals and those that are tend to keep quiet about it. Also consider that American attitudes towards homosexuality only really started to change around the 1960s so there's still a lot of people around where were raised with the idea that it was sinful. And it doesn't help that Hollywood tends to portray only the most extreme behavior (such as the flamboyant gay hairdresser) so the liberal media is partially to blame.
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Jul 14, 2011
Granted its Big Brother and therefore a load of crap but it does bring up an alarming point, unfortunately there are far more pople like this guy in the world than there are people with half a brain, most celebrities know better than to say something offensive even if its what they really think, when you show "ordinary" people having a conversation like that you normalise and make acceptable offesnive opinions. Again it shows the complete double standards of tv, imagine if he had been talking that way about Dumbledore being black...he would have been removed on the spot!
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Jul 14, 2011
eh, jeff and jordan aren't known as scientists or anything... anyone who knows them knows they are on the dumber side of things but in a charming way so there is nothing to be suprised about when they say dumb things. this is just yet another case of people making things out to be bigger than it actually is. if it was like the president saying something or a famous a-list celebrity than ok i can get why it would obtain some hype but jeff from big brother? i mean really. and i'm a huge big brother fan (well the uk version)
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Jul 14, 2011
Perhaps he's just suggesting that other people would see Dumbledore that way. People were already looking askance at Dumbledore and Harry's relationship before JKR's revelation. I'm with Jeff (whoever that is): “You don’t want to make that guy gay!”
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Jul 14, 2011
It's sad that in 2011 people still think that homosexuality and pedophilia are synonymous and anyone who suggests otherwise is accused of spreading "liberal propaganda." People need to be called out for their ignorance -- it has nothing to do with politics.
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Jul 14, 2011
i used to like him but now nope.thats why i try not to get into stars life b/c theyll do something that i hate and ill never like them again.i wish i wouldnt have read this..btw what ive learned ppl who are homophobic usly have gay issues within themselves.
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Jul 14, 2011
Am i the only one who does not believe there is any "reality" at all involved in all these reality shows? As i see it these shows are just as scripted as any other shows, but written with the intention to look "real." Nobody would behave, act or react like they do in these shows. It is all just an act. All done to provoke, and engage the viewers on basic human levels of feelings and emotion. Reality is quite boring actually, and most people are quite decent. Very few real people are loud, stupid and violent or have any and/or all of the bad character-traits displayed in these shows. One thing people like that have in (common in) reality though, is that they are unpredictable and anti-social and would be the worst to try to direct in a tv-show and there would be real problems. Amazingly enough there are never any REAL problems with these shows, just enough drama to make it exciting but never dangerous or truly unpredictable. Like the clip last week when someone allegedly could not drive in some "worlds worst driver show" and hit someone else, but nobody was really hurt. Seriously, they expect me to buy that they really did not have control over that situation? I do not buy any of that. Real, unpredictable danger on a tv-show would probably also be illegal as well in most countries. So if anyone in a show likes this says anything offensive, blame the guys who wrote the script or told them to say it. But, maybe it is just me.
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Jul 14, 2011
Stupid people stupid.
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Jul 14, 2011
Maybe we shouldn't trust Dumbledore around our children, casting those gay spells and whatnot... but that doesn't deflect from the real issue which is what woman would trust their open container of alcohol around a guy with spiked up hair (it's 2011dip s@*t) and a soul patch.
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Jul 14, 2011
Liberal Propaganda.
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Jul 14, 2011
Seth, your articles are useless and boring. Slow news day indeed.
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Jul 13, 2011
This made the homepage? Really? Slow news day, TV.com?
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Jul 13, 2011
So sad he used to be one of my favs now I dont give a sh!t about him. Grow up Jeff.
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