This season’s winner of the long-running CBS hit Big Brother is the openly gay, part-time professor from Aurora, Illinois Andy Herren. The 26-year-old was awarded the $500,000 top prize after a jury of fellow contestants decided that despite his two-timing strategy, Herren played the game better than anyone else. This season of Big Brother made national headlines for the contestants ofter vulgar and racist candor, which cost many of the house guests their jobs—including Herren. College of DuPage, where Herren taught, was careful in distancing themselves from the bad press this season caused: “Andy Herren has formerly worked for College of DuPage as a part-time instructor. He does not currently work for the college. Any behavior or language he uses on the CBS reality show ‘Big Brother’ does not represent the opinions or values of College of DuPage.” Herren during the show was called “a queer” among other homophobic comments that prompted Andy’s friends and fans (#fandynation) to raise money for the Trevor Project instead of mailing in angry letters to CBS—all in all they raised nearly $2,000.
Check out a video of last night’s finale where host Julie Chen asks the contestants about making their ignorant comments….