derrick frankie big brother 16 team america 'Big Brother 16': Frankie Grande blames America not being ready for a man in drag for mission failureAfter the hours-long Head of Household competition on the “Big Brother 16” live feeds Thursday (Aug. 28), the house was fairly quiet for the rest of the night, but there was one interesting conversation. Don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled, or just sign up for the live feeds to watch the remainder of the season yourself.

At just after 12:45 a.m. PT, Frankie and Derrick settled in Fire Room to talk about how badly America received their mission this week. At first, Frankie says that the mission failure must be because of how well-liked Donny is, which is a true statement.

“Team America was about Donny … I’m sure the way they edited it, it was all about the fact that we didn’t want to save him. Even if it that wasn’t the case, it probably looked like that. He’s really loved,” says Frankie.

First of all, that was the case. You didn’t want to save him or you would have made that your mission. Frankie may have ended up campaigning to save Donny, but he tossed that mission idea aside in favor of doing a stupid play that nobody liked.

Also, I would wager most of the house and probably Frankie in particular think that Donny is well-liked by only the “redneck, gun-toting Republican” fans. I think they will all be in for a big surprise when it turns out Donny’s pretty much universally liked by all “Big Brother” fans.

But wait! There’s more!

Frankie thinks the reason the mission failed was not because the play was dumb, not because it was unfunny, not because it was kind of mean — it’s because America (the America that voted a gay man onto Team America) is too backward to appreciate a man in drag.

Frankie says, “I thought it was the best idea for the situation. … A man in drag is not a popular concept to the rest of the world. Now that I’m thinking about it, a lot of America is not ready to see a man in drag and this is an American family show. There are a lot of American families that do not understand that.”

We’re all just too dumb to appreciate a man in drag, guys. Nevermind that that has been a comedy staple for decades — “Bosom Buddies,” anyone? Frankie cannot possibly wrap his head around the idea that people just didn’t like his play.

Derrick nails it when he pipes up, “The fact that we were bashing other houseguests probably didn’t help.”


The icing on this delusions-of-grandeur cake (should we call them “delusions of Grande”?) is that Frankie thought this “choose your own mission” thing was a “freebie” to reward them for doing so well this summer.

“I thought this was a gift because of how well we’ve been doing, because I’m building schools in Africa with the money,” says Frankie, in a put-out, snotty voice.

He really better stop saying that because nobody actually believes that’s what he’s doing with the money.

Nominations should be later today and, unsurprisingly, Nicole and Christine are Caleb’s targets. Is this the most boring “Big Brother” season ever? It’s right up there.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."