The Scottish dancer referenced that “prejudice” in the public vote could have led to the 18-year-old’s exit from the house
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY ITV2
In last night’s episode of Big Brother, the public saw 18-year-old Hallie evicted from the iconic house. Hallie, who came out to her housemates as trans in the first week of the show, has been heralded for providing much-needed visibility and representation for the trans community throughout her time on the series.
Having been nominated by her housemates for eviction, it was the public vote which sent her home.
After her eviction, one of her best friends in the house – fellow contestant Olivia – feared that transphobia could have been a factor in her eviction.
“What do you think she might have done?” Kerry asked the group after the shock result.
“People can have prejudice towards certain things,” Olivia commented. “I just think it really puts it in perspective, like, how many people sat at home and opted to use their vote to get rid of someone.”
“I think it’s wrong on so many levels,” the Scottish dancer continued. “I’m just baffled, man. Out of the three people nominated, right? They don’t feel a specific way about two of them, but they really despise one of them.”
Hallie was up for eviction against Trish and Dylan. Other housemates didn’t agree with Olivia’s comments about Hallie’s eviction, with fellow housemate Jenkin saying: “I don’t understand how Hallie being trans has got anything to do with the voting. Everyone is from a minority, do you know what I’m saying?”
Viewers at home took particular issue with Jenkin’s comments and went to X (formerly known as Twitter) to express their views.
Another viewer also praised Olivia for calling out potential transphobia: “So disappointed in Jenkin & Chanelle. I think Olivia is just bringing up the very real & serious issue of the current state of the UK and the horror and hatred that the trans community go through! She IMO is completely right and is calling it out!”
Hallie took the eviction in her stride, and her exit interview was full of her signature confidence. “I thought, ‘This is my moment. I’m going to take it and I’m going to milk it.’ I had my sunglasses on ready, looking like a diva, and I stepped out on that runway and strutted my stuff. I just let the world know that this is Hallie and I am that b***h!” she said to the Big Brother hosts after her eviction.
“It meant a lot to me to represent my community because I feel like trans visibility is very important. I wanted to inspire and make my community proud and just show them that they can be confident and unapologetically themselves.”
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