Frankie Grande in Hot Water For Rape Joke

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Big Brother contestant Frankie Grande has found himself in hot water over an offensive comment he made regarding a fellow contestant, in which he jokingly told two other male house guests that they should rape her. The comment was made on a recent episode of the CBS reality show.

Grande suggested to the male house guests that they should team up with each other to take every aspect of female contestant Victoria’s virginity. Following the comment, the 31-year-old began to make various obscene gestures to illustrate the meaning of his comment. The family of the girl is furious, saying that jokes regarding forcing a woman to engage in intercourse are never funny, regardless of the intent. Victoria’s mother Lizabeth has given the statement that she feels Grande’s words have now made her daughter a possible target of rape, and that she is extremely worried for her safety. She also expressed her discontent that producers did nothing to stop the comment from being aired, nor did they discipline Grande in any way. Lizabeth and the rest of the family are asking for an apology not only from Grande’s parents, but also his sister Ariana. The mother went on to say that she feels the situation would be quite different in the contestant’s eyes if the comments were being made about his younger sister.

Grande has stirred up quite a storm of controversy since his run on the show began. Just a few days ago, he voiced his opinion that lesbians choose their sexuality, and that no woman is born that way. He believes that women change their mind after dating multiple men and not being successful in the relationship, whereas men are born gay and can do nothing about their orientation from the start. At the end of July, the Florida native was ripped by both other contestants and the public for telling fellow contestant Joscasta that she should kill herself. The woman’s sister gave several statements detailing her fury at the comment, and expressing her disdain for Grande and what she felt was his astoundingly high level of immaturity.

The recent drop in popularity for the brother of pop princess Ariana came as a shock to many viewers, as it was just last month that the house members rallied around him in support, following the death of he and Ariana’s grandfather. Upon hearing the news, the man broke down completely and was consoled by his fellow contestants. His sister kept the news away from Grande for as long as she could, per the grandfather’s request. He reportedly did not want the news of his death to interrupt his grandson’s success on the show, and he enlisted Ariana to keep the news away from her brother as long as possible. Contestants are not allowed any contact with anyone outside of the show, nor are they allowed to access the internet or social media websites, but there are the occasional instances of slip-ups or conduct breaching. A decision was eventually reached to inform contestant Frankie Grande of the news, of which he was told a few days later.

Frankie Grande has yet to give a statement regarding the offensive rape joke he made on a recent episode of Big Brother. The other contestant’s relatives, however, are still insisting that they receive an apology from his family.

by Rebecca Grace

Sources:
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24 Responses to "Frankie Grande in Hot Water For Rape Joke"

  1. Ray   September 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Obviously Ariana Grande and her parents have no problem with Frankie Grande’s disgusting comments and actions. Nor does Julie Chen and CBS. Why would July Chen have Frankie Grande on The Talk show the day after the Big Brother finale. Also Frankie Grande says he wants to audition with his heartthrob Zach for The Amazing Race which is another CBS show. Also is Frankie going to give his earnings from the show’s challenges to charity in Africa. He said that if he won the $500.000.00 he would donate it to his charity. Would he really, get serious.

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  2. Rev CC Davis   September 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    If Arianna is going to stand behind Frankie’s every action and comment by defending him, it’s obvious why his mud falls on her too. She should have said something if she didn’t agree. In life and law, silence is interpreted as agreement. She’s certainly not shy, reserved or caring about her own actions or statements. Parents pay for music, CD’s, memorabilia and concerts for their kids. It’s never a good idea to offend good families, say horrible things to fans or forget who makes you rich and famous to begin with. The Grande’s need fans and not the other way around. I’ll pay for my kids to have music from Selena, Zendaya, Katy and the performers with strong morals and family values. Ariana who?

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  3. Ray   September 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I found it strange that when Frankie was evicted that he was not booed when he left the house. considering how loudly Christine was booed when she left the house. Also when Julie interviewed him the audience was totally silent during the whole interview. Sounds like this was totally orchestrated by CBS.

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  4. sheila   September 25, 2014 at 5:07 am

    BB keeps a camera on these people 24/7! Hello! There is no doubt that You will see and hear disgusting, disagreeable and inappropriate actions or statements. If you are offended don’t watch! If you are sensitive DON’T apply to be on the show! You really don’t get to be amazed and appaled after watching this show for several seasons by what you see and hear! If you are intelligent then you realise the possible consequences of the position you have agreed to be in! Wake Up! These are people you are watching! Lastly.. Who made Derrick the Knight in Shining Armor?

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  5. Lou   September 4, 2014 at 4:08 am

    CBS needs to step up to the plate and address this disgusting and outrageous behavior initiated by Frankie Grande. Not thrilled with some of the other contestants’ duplicity in joining in the “fun.” There were problems last year in BB and they were addressed. Should make no difference at all in who a contestant is related to.

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    • Sue   September 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

      I think that Frankie has been talked to in the DR. He seems a bit subdued (by Frankie standards) and he made that strange apology to Christine. He still won’t be expecting the intense fall-out for exposing his authentic self, though.

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  6. Anna   September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Amen Margaret! I seems to be getting worse in the B.B. house. Last year there was racist comments. How far will Julie and her husband allow things to go?!

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  7. Michelle   September 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Frankie is most definitely a disgusting person for saying the things he says & does but I don’t feel that a 31 year old MAN’s parents & little sister need to apologize for HIS horrendous actions & behavior. It has nothing to do with them. He may no act 31…. but unfortunately, he is. Producers could have put a stop to his behavior but then again, let him live & learn.
    As far as Victoria being “unsafe” in the house & someone going to rape her. I find that HIGHLY unlikely!!!! Other than Frankie, the rest of the men in the house seem very respectful… If anyone’s going to get raped it will be 1 of the other hot guys by Frankie the way he carries on humping them!!!!!!

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    • Dawn   September 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

      I don’t think her family is saying someone in the house will rape her but rather it would make her a target after she gets out of the house. I agree with everything else you said though! Frankie is disgusting. I like him the first few episodes..just thinking he was a little quirky. Now, he is just foul and gross.

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  8. Kevin   September 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    The views expressed on Big Brother are those of the contestant, not their family. Frankie needs to apologize big time when the season ends, but nothing is needed from his family.

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  9. Margaret   September 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    If another contestant made gay comments towards Frankie they would be thrown off the show.

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    • Michelle   September 3, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I don’t think they’d be thrown off the show but every gay person would come out of the woodwork!!!

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  10. Abby Bowman   September 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Frankie’s comments were way out of line, but Victoria ‘ s family should leave Ariana out of it. She is famous and that makes me think $$$ when Ariana is brought into something her grown, older half brother says. If Ariana wasn’t famous, no apology would have been expected from her. I don’t think other Houseguests are bad people. Derrick and Cody are playing the game well. They may seem conniving, but it’s big brother! I know most people really like Donny, he’s a nice man, but just because Derrick and Cody were on opposite sides of Donny doesn’t make them bad people. Last season was horrible. There were a lot of racist remarks, and Elyssa was bullied to the extreme! Ginamarie made some very racist remarks and made it to the final 2. What gets me is, before the show big brother would apologize for comments being made in the house. If it got to the point of having to apologize for Houseguests, then those hgs should have been removed. By allowing the offensive hgs to stay, sounded like they were condoning this kind of behavior.

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  11. [email protected]   September 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Frankie is a self centered idiot but no way is his family at fault because he chooses to be a idiot!!!!

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  12. Elaine McQuiggan   September 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

    It’s all about the ratings as far as CBS goes. Julie Chen should publicly shame him – if her husband allows her to.

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  13. Sue   August 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Mary: You are absolutely right, send him home. The most decent people have been treated so badly this year. It’s interesting to see whether good people will stand up to bullying. Is life-changing money the reason that people won’t? I did hope for more from Derrick but I do still think he is a decent man.

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  14. Lydia Sinclair   August 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Frankies comments and actions were absolutely disgusting but his family in NO WAY including his little sister 21 year old Arianna owe Victoria’s family an apology. Frankie is the only one that should be saying sorry to both Victoria and her family. Big Brother has has some really nasty contestants in the last 2 seasons, Andy talked about Elissa’s family including her son and step son.. By far the most viel contestant on all season’s. Aaryn, Amanda, Gina Marie and some of the others were racists and extreme bullies in the house last season. It was ten times worse last season. I stopped watching and wasn’t sure I could stand it this year. For the most part the contestants this year are just playing the game. Yea they lie, cheat and back stab. But that’s part of the show. What Frankie said and did was uncalled for and he needs to be called out on it. The same way Julie Chen called Aaryn out.

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  15. mary   August 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    SEND FRANKIE HOME NOT TO JURY!!!!

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  16. Susan Prevost   August 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Caleb said, “all righty then, that was inappropriate”, Cody said, “that was foul”, and Derrick talked about Vic’s dad. They did say something but I do wish the guys would come down harder on Frankie, especially when he is groping them or being so nasty about the women in the house He has tested them to see how far he can go and they haven’t set any boundaries….so he keeps getting worse. Hopefully he leaves this week (sorry, jury house).

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  17. Andy Kosh   August 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    CBS you Suck 4 Allowing this to Go On. Knowing Full Well that Some Children do Stay up Late and watch this Ridiculous Show you put on. Trash as I Read it. Julie Chen should be Ashamed of Herself Hosting this Crap. Shaking my Damn Head at All who Allows this. Everyone on you who works 4 CBS and this is Big Brother Show.

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  18. Ray Labelle   August 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    It’s sickening having to listen to Frankie always making comments about doing sexual acts with some of the men In the house. Come on Big Brother send him home. He is still in a position to win the $500.000.00 and that would be disgusting.

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  19. tiger   August 31, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I too am offended at Frankie’s words and graphic actions. I paid for one month of live feeds but after seeing how filthy and disgusting production allowed Frankie to become, and then continue for at least 10 min before taking the cameras off him, I will not paid for another month nor in the future seasons. Thankfully, Victoria and Nichole were in the kitchen while this demonstration was going on but Christine was there, in fact she is the one that asked, with the alcohol that was being provided, if there was going to be any sex tonight, which is what spurred Frankie into action. The policeman in the room should have shut it down since the production crew would not, even if it put him at risk of losing 500k. I do admit, Derrick did say that Victoria’s dad would be cringing seeing Frankie acting out what a gang rape of his daughter, would look like. Revolting, dehumanizing and vile!

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  20. tameableheart   August 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Why should his family have to apologize? why center them out? what does demanding an apology from Ariana prove?? that she is upset by what Frankie said? I’m sure she is, I’me sure the whole family is.
    But frankie is an ADULT, his family is NOT responsible for what an ADULT says. Granted he is a disgusting adult, but still, his words are his own, he is the one that should apologize not the family IMO.
    I wondered while seeing this idiot make all these remarks, what would he say/do/think if guys were joking about raping his sister and laughing? would he still think this was funny? I bet not.

    I honestly hope that CBS makes a huge announcement about what went on with the people in that room. Rape is not a funny, Frankie is a very sorry excuse of a man.
    Christine, Cody, Derrick, Caleb, are just as disgusting as Frankie is.

    I honestly hope that CBS, Julie, someone says something about this…

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