It was a very exciting and historic night in multiple ways during Big Brother's live eviction Thursday, starting with the eviction of Claire Rehfuss, the last remaining white houseguest. With Claire evicted, for the first time in the history of Big Brother, the top seven houseguests were all people of color. However, it didn't stop there.
Thanks to Thursday's episode being a double eviction night, the season's longest-standing alliance, "The Cookout," which is made up of all the Black contestants this season and has been together since day one, managed to evict the only remaining non-Cookout houseguest, Alyssa Lopez, leaving their alliance completely intact and as the final six houseguests.
On top of achieving the incredible feat of never having a Black contestant evicted the entire season, all of the final six contestants being Black ensures that Big Brother will have its first-ever Black winner. It only took 21 years and 23 seasons to make it happen.
This is a huge deal for CBS's long-running reality show, which is notorious for facing race-related controversy every season. In years past, the show has failed to cast a balanced and diverse group of contestants, and minorities have historically been among the first houseguests to be evicted.
However, after CBS vowed in November of 2020 to cast its unscripted reality shows with at least 50 percent BIPOC contestants, Big Brother saw the most diverse cast ever.
Twitter was celebrating Thursday night, with the entire fandom declaring The Cookout the best alliance in BB history, while also recognizing the milestone achievement that Big Brother U.S. now has an entirely Black house for the first time in 21 years.
THERE WE HAVE IT, YOU GUYS!!!!!
THE FINAL 6 WILL BE THE COOKOUT.
Their entire alliance has made it to the F6.
We're about to see Big Brother US with an entirely Black house for the first time in 21 years.
This is legitimately HISTORIC!
I'm so proud of them! #BB23
— ✨ 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐍𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐇 ✨ (@BBTeamNorth) September 10, 2021
THE COOKOUT ALLIANCE HAS MADE FINAL SIX THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN US BB HISTORY A BLACK PERSON WILL DEFINITELY WIN #bb23 THEY MADE HISTORY pic.twitter.com/sO4wzQV4kS
— bb enjoyer (derogatory) (@delsreality) September 10, 2021
You’re looking at the most successful 6 person alliance in Big Brother history. 🔥#BB23pic.twitter.com/VclsSfULQU
— BBAU Returns (@BBAUReturns) September 10, 2021
big brother season 23 will have a black winner 🥲🥳 #bb23pic.twitter.com/HsiBZQenK1
— m | COOKOUT F6 (@sssmmcc) September 10, 2021
The Cookout really got every last person out the door without anyone figuring it out. #bb23
— Tooms (@ToomsBB_) September 10, 2021
They just rewrote history I’ve never been more proud of an alliance #BB23pic.twitter.com/vgDBfBA92U
— Ty (@tyygaryen) September 10, 2021
The Cookout have made history. 🙌 The final 6 players of #BB23. pic.twitter.com/aTWc2XpEm1
— Peridiam (@BillyGiese) September 10, 2021
First ever all black final six 😭🤎🤎
Big Brother History!#Bb23pic.twitter.com/iKJEsvndNf
— Mel ✨ (@melbrown000) September 10, 2021
even with this clip, the people who call this season racist will never understand the true goal of the cookout. it wasn’t to evict white people just because they’re white… it was to make history & guarantee themselves a black winner. #BB23pic.twitter.com/9rH0AjBdRw
— ً (@evctions) September 9, 2021
Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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