- Tiffany Mitchell, who won “America’s Favorite Player” on season 23 of “Big Brother,” stood up for her history-making alliance.
- Mitchell, 41, was part of an all-Black alliance that led to the first Black winner on the long-running CBS series.
- “It is not my job, nor my role, nor my obligation to explain racism or reverse racism to anyone,” she told Insider.
Tiffany Mitchell, who was awarded the title of “America’s Favorite Player,” during the 23rd season of CBS’ “Big Brother” that aired its finale last week, said it wasn’t her job to explain to fans why the all-Black alliance she spearheaded wasn’t “racist.”
“It is an honor to have such a contribution to something that has been so overwhelmingly received and that will be historic,” Mitchell, a 41-year-old from Detroit told Insider of her role in the history-making alliance. “I am just privileged to be a part of this season and that I was able to make the contribution so great in that it worked.”
The all-Black alliance — called “The Cookout” — made its way to the end of “Big Brother,” ensuring that all six of its players occupied spots in the show’s top six.
Xavier Prather, a 27-year-old lawyer who lives in Milwaukee, became the first Black winner in the history of the CBS show, taking home the $750,000 prize more than two decades after “Big Brother” first aired. Season 23 also marked the first time in “Big Brother” history that the nine-person jury of eliminated houseguests who choose the winner included no white men.
Mitchell won a $50,000 prize last week when she beat all 16 houseguests on “BB23” for the audience-voted “America’s Favorite Player” award. It was the largest prize ever awarded for that title on “Big Brother” after CBS raised the total for all three “Big Brother” prizes last season.
Despite the widespread support for the first Black winner of the long-running CBS show, some fans have accused the all-Black alliance of being racist toward the non-Black players, as Insider previously reported.
“It is unfortunate that they don’t see the bigger picture. Unity is welcomed in all other communities and cultures when people come together except for in the African-American culture,” Mitchell told Insider.
Mitchell said “The Cookout” was not different that previous alliances on past “Big Brother” seasons in that a group came together to advance in the game by eliminating the players who were not in their alliance.
“It is not my job, nor my role, nor my obligation to explain racism or reverse racism to anyone,” Mitchell told Insider. “I am not the educator in this situation. Those people will have to get educated on racism and reverse racism. If there even is such a thing.”
Mitchell told Insider the alliance was not about division.
“It’s unfortunate, but that is for them to figure out how they choose to emotionally handle that situation. It’s not, it’s not my weight to bear,” she added of such claims from fans.
All six members of “The Cookout” spoke to Insider last week about their role in the game-changing alliance. The players said the alliance was successful because the players worked together to achieve something bigger than their own goals in the game.
The alliance was formed following a pledge by CBS late last year to cast 50% Black and Indigenous people of color on all of its unscripted shows going forward.