The TV Watercooler had the opportunity to participate in a panel interview alongside two other Canadian outlets following Thursday (Oct. 1) triple eviction episode of Big Brother: All-Stars. Kevin Campbell discusses using his time on the platform for meaningful conversations around race, why he didn’t get along with Cody and who he hopes to see make it to the end.
How is this season different from the first time you played? If you had survived the night, what would have been your strategy moving towards finale?
Oh my god – it has been such an honour to play on All-Stars! How did I get on All-Stars? Clearly, a clerical error occurred! It’s been an honour, even though I’ve been on the block so many times. I think that it’s actually kind of cool because I got to play in every single Veto competition, so I was constantly having a chance to save myself. It’s totally different than my first experience but I love the variety of it. If I had saved myself [this week], I would have probably have taken a shot at who’s running the house. It ranges from Cody, to Tyler, to Memphis. Somebody in that area.
You and David had some deep conversation. You made sure your block speech counted with a message. What do you hope that your fans and fans of the show in general take away from your time on the show?
I think that I hope my fans take away that I made every moment matter. Especially during the live moments or the speech moments, I knew that I could control those moments and wanted to make sure that I could touch on the issues that matter to me and affect me personally. When I had a great conversation with David, which I think was aired, that was really my own perspective on my own experience. I wanted to make sure that if there was anybody else that could relate and understand, I wanted to make sure that I expressed my own unique perspective.
That’s what’s great about this platform. It’s that you are able to share your own perspective and the diversity that this house represents, everybody has a unique perspective and I’m glad that I was able to share that.
Which relationships in the house mattered to you the most?
The relationships that mattered to me the most are with David, Da’Vonne, Bayleigh, Enzo and Dani. That’s it!
Why don’t you think that you didn’t get along with Cody?
Cody and I didn’t really get along this season because he nominated me week one and gave me a fake answer as to why. He made it seem as if I had to make an effort to get to know him. He didn’t make much of an effort. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of how he knew Nicole F., and I thought that was an unfair advantage. On top of that, I felt that he was always playing to the cameras and always “on.” I wasn’t a huge fan of tha.t I just wasn’t a fan. You know what’s great? It’s that you don’t have to be a fan of everybody. You don’t have to. So, I wasn’t a fan of his. And he probably wasn’t a fan of mine.
You expressed how horrible it is to be discounted by both sides of your heritage. Did you feel that way in the house?
Being biracial, I sometimes feel that I’m not accepted by either side. The African American community doesn’t really see me as fully them. The Japanese community doesn’t recognize me either. So, therefore, where do I fit in? The majority of the house was Caucasian, and they didn’t except me as them. So, I kind of felt “otherized.” It’s not hurtful, because that sounds crazy, but it really was a deep conversation with David and I’ll have that conversation with Da’Vonne in the jury house, but the African Americans in the house didn’t count me as part of them. I thought that if my own community doesn’t count me as part of them, then who counts me? It just made me feel othered. And that doesn’t feel good sometimes.
Who are you hoping to see make it to the end of the game?
I’m hoping to see maybe Enzo get to the end of the game. I wouldn’t be mad at Tyler making it to the end of the game or even Nicole F. Zingbot! Can I say Zingbot? Can he make it to the end of the game and win? Ultimately, any of those people.
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The TV Watercooler had the opportunity to participate in a panel interview alongside two other Canadian outlets following Thursday (Oct. 1) triple eviction episode of Big Brother: All-Stars. Kevin Campbell discusses using his time on the platform for meaningful conversations around race, why he didn’t get along with Cody and who he hopes to see make it to the end. #BigBrother #BB22
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