As we all know, the 2016 presidential election was historic for many reasons: It was the first election in which a female candidate was a real contender for the presidency, it was the first time in more than 60 years that a candidate who had no experience as a governor or in Congress was elected, and it was also the first election in which social media majorly influenced the way we communicated about what was going on.
But, as historic an event as this was for America, it was even more historic in the Big Brother universe — the Big Brother: Over the Top cast became the first to ever be locked in the Big Brother house during an election.
That’s right — these poor kids lived in anguish for three days as the only people in the United States who didn’t know the results of the election. They were champing at the bit as host Julie Chen teased them before finally revealing that Donald Trump had emerged victorious.
Their jaws literally drop to the floor upon hearing the news.
While the initial shock that washes over the cast members’ faces is sad and at the same time almost comical, it’s also an incredibly telling commentary on how the millennial generation is feeling about the state of politics in our country right now. Every cast member left in the house at this point is within the millennial demographic, and their reactions are all the same horror.
“Julie, you’re joking,” said cast member Shelby Stockton. “What the fuck happened while we were in here?”
“Gay people, where were you? Minorities, where were you?” asks Jason Roy. “We got problems. Can we just stay in here for the next four years?”
“Oh, it’s going to be shitty when we get out,” Justin Duncan added.
Well, almost all the same. Cast member Danielle Lickey obviously represents the more politically inclined of her generation, as she made some astute observations before the election results were announced to the BB: OTT crew.
“The people who are supporting Hillary often… they’re like our age, and it’s not often that those are the people who are out voting,” she said, after she was the only one of the cast who didn’t raise her hand when asked if they thought Hillary Clinton had won the presidency. “And I feel like the people that were supporting Donald Trump — typically in past years — are the ones who get up and go out and vote. So I’m really hoping that our generation stood up and made their voice heard more than just their rants on social media. But I still think it’s a big possibility that Donald Trump won.”
Watch the full stream of the cast members’ discussion here.
Big Brother: Over the Top is now streaming on CBS All Access.
Do you think the Big Brother: Over the Top cast’s reaction to the election accurately represents how millennials are feeling right now?
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