Big Brother's Jack Is Now Scolding Kemi About a Water Bottle

Brie Schwartz
Photo credit: Monty Brinton - CBS

From Oprah Magazine

  • While we anxiously await Wednesday's episode of Big Brother, we've been busying ourselves with the live feeds (and Twitter reactions to them.)
  • The latest comedic gem to surface involves house villain Jack passive aggressively telling Kemi not to keep her water bottle in the communal fridge—and the humor was not lost on fans.

It's no secret that Big Brother's Jack Matthews isn't a very popular dude (outside of Camp BB, at least). He's been so maligned that fans started a petition to get him kicked off the CBS show thanks to racist remarks he's been overheard saying on the live feeds. Many of his most "winning" lines have been directed towards the newest member of Camp Comeback, Kemi Faknule, who seems to really rile up the Jason Momoa lookalike.

However, after producers (reportedly) told him to cool it with the intolerance while the cameras are rolling (so, 24/7), he's seemed (relatively) chiller and even affable during the hours of unedited footage. But just when you think you've had a respite from the greasy machismo, this recently surfaced gem in which Jack patronizingly lectures Kemi about her water bottle (seriously) is a masterclass in how not to talk to someone. That is, unless they're your 4-year-old learning how to share. The upside? Kemi's collected reaction could be played in college courses about conflict resolution.

Photo credit: Sonja Flemming - CBS

In the clip that's been making the rounds because it's frankly hilarious—in the way that tone deaf mansplaining can be—Jack tells Kemi that he's unsettled by the fact that she's been putting her water bottle in the fridge, which is evidently a water bottle-free zone.

"When you went outside, I said to Nicole, you need help with a little bit of perspective—and I'm going to tell you why, and it's going to be out of respect for you, and I really care about you," he nervously tells Kemi, probably because he's afraid to be called out for "attacking" her again.

"You have a tendency to put your shaker bottle in the fridge as well as your drinks in the freezer. If all of us put our shaker bottles in the fridge, what would it look like?" he asks her as if she's a toddler new to English. There's a pregnant pause, and then Kemi calmly responds, "It would be full." "K," he says. "So what is so special about you that you get to put it in there?" he asks.

"I mean, I just noticed no one else did, so there was space," she coolly responds. Valid. "But, if we all did it, there would be no room in the fridge...we all sacrifice not putting our stuff and not having our stuff cold and prepping ice appropriately so that we can have our stuff cold and I just wanted to get that off my chest...." (He then proceeds to playfully slam his hands down like Tarzan) "...because I care about you (slam) and I think you're great (slam) and I don't want this to be derogatory in any shape or form, but I'm sitting here, eating my salad and I'm thinking, do I tell her, do I not tell her? I'm sweating. I don't know what to say, but I think you're an awesome person and I think there's a lot of things in my perspective that I need to work on and if I need to work on it, I hope you will tell me."

Here's the thing: insincerely saying "I think you're an awesome person," in no way absolves you from being obnoxious, or as Shakespeare said "protesting too much." If he did respect her, he'd say something like, "Kemster! No big, but would you mind keeping your protein shaker in the fridge to save room for our vat of cookie dough? Kewl, thx!" Or, he could do what most 20-something roommates do and leave a post-it on the freezer. Because this conversation didn't need a diatribe from someone who enjoys hearing himself talk. (Though, to be fair, they have no entertainment in the house.) If he had just shot her straight, he wouldn't have had to (literally) sweat.

Barely able to contain her laughter, Kemi heroically and without conflict says, "Okay, I will not leave my shaker bottle in the fridge."

And just like that, even without any technically inappropriate remarks, we're left to see Jack's curious colors again.

The Twitter response contains a lot of words that are not fit to print, but we'll leave you with this one while you peruse the others at your own will.

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