Taylor Hale made historical past on the September 25 finale of “Big Brother.” The Michigan magnificence queen grew to become the primary black girl to win a non-celebrity season of the long-running CBS show after the jury voted 8 to 1 in her favor.
In addition to taking dwelling the $750,000 grand prize, Hale gained America’s Favorite Player, receiving a $50,000 money prize and bringing her complete winnings to $800,000.
Hale’s “Big Brother” journey was a lesson in resilience. The private stylist was mistreated by just a few of her fellow houseguests, who made assumptions about her character and motives within the recreation with out proof.
The 27-year-old sat on the eviction block six instances all through the season and always needed to struggle to shift the houseguests’ notion of her within the recreation. How Hale managed to go from enemy primary to receiving a virtually unanimous vote to win on finale evening is a testomony to the grace and kindness she demonstrated all through the season.
Hale mentioned it greatest in her speech on finale evening.
“I’ve bled out essentially the most on this recreation, however I’ve bandaged myself collectively each single time and gotten up and continued to struggle as a result of, like so many different ladies on the earth, that’s what we’ve got to do to get to the tip,” she informed the jury. “I’ve overcome a lot on this recreation, and I’ve come to know that I’m not a defend; I’m a sword. I’m not a sufferer. I’m a victor.”
Heavy had the possibility to talk with Taylor concerning the season and profitable “Big Brother.”
Here’s what it is advisable to know:
Taylor Hale on Winning ‘Big Brother’
Heavy: How does it really feel to be the primary black girl to win a non-celebrity season of “Big Brother?” What does that title imply to you?
Taylor: There have been 24 seasons of this recreation and the final season that I noticed earlier than I entered the sport was season three, the place Danielle Reyes sat within the finale two seats and ended up dropping. I personally assume she ought to have gained that recreation. It was simply outstanding gameplay. So to obtain the flip of the vote that she ought to have had and win your complete recreation, figuring out your complete trajectory of black ladies within the recreation. So many people have been bullied, belittled, painted out to be villains, aggressive, totally different microaggressions cast upon us, and evicted method too quickly. It was very rewarding to me to hold the trauma, the hurt, and the harm that a number of these ladies needed to expertise and undergo it myself and nonetheless come out victorious as a result of we deserve ourselves as victors within the recreation.
Heavy: Your speech on finale evening was among the best speeches in “Big Brother” historical past. How a lot preparation went into that speech?
Taylor: I began engaged on the speech a couple of day and a half earlier than really delivering it. I believe when issues appear too rehearsed, it is simply disingenuous. And if that was my largest critique in the beginning of the sport, I couldn’t be disingenuous on the finish. I simply informed the reality about my expertise within the recreation. I informed my fact about what it was prefer to be a lady within the recreation. I informed my fact about what it was prefer to be an individual of coloration within the recreation. I informed my fact about how my expertise was rather more social than I anticipated it to be and the way easy statistics [like] competitors wins are a element of the sport however they aren’t the dominating issue of the sport. So to take all these elements, wrap it up in a bow and say that is who I’m, that is my play, you might be both going to take it, or you aren’t.
I’m glad that [the votes] ended up delivering my favor however engaged on that speech was not a matter of scripting and plotting…It was only a matter of telling the reality of my expertise.
Heavy: The vote on finale evening was 8 to 1. Were you stunned in any respect by the jury votes? Whose vote stunned you essentially the most?
Taylor: I used to be shocked. Eight [is] my fortunate quantity, so I’m glad it ended up eight to 1. It might’ve been 9…Turner. I’ll have a chat with him later. I’m kidding. I like that child. I used to be shocked by a handful of the votes: Indy, primary. She and I began to construct a relationship after I put her on the block and evicted her. She put the important thing within the block and mentioned, ‘This goes to my favourite individual.’ [Indy] and Monte had been very shut for almost all of the season. I used to be constructive that was a vote for Monte. I used to be constructive that, given my shaky relationship with Terrance and the way Terrance and Monte had been very shut, I used to be constructive that was a vote for Monte. Kyle and I had some actually nice conversations early within the recreation about how his mother and grandma are very energetic feminists…however I knew that he had a stronger relationship in the home with Monte… Really it is the boys’s votes that stunned me. Even Michael, truthfully…Eight to 1 blew me out of the water. I believe it is one thing to be mentioned concerning the confidence Monte needed to take me to the tip…and never acknowledging that there’s a lot stronger of a case to be made for me.
Heavy: On finale evening, you came upon the reality about Dyre fest and that Joseph had not really betrayed you. What was it like to seek out out the reality and have you ever and Joseph had an opportunity an opportunity to get that stiff cocktail but?
Taylor: Yes, we’ve got had just a few stiff cocktails. But it was infuriating. It’s good gameplay to lie about what occurred exterior and it is precisely what we mentioned we had been afraid would occur. But there are issues that I might not have performed personally had I identified that Joseph didn’t betray me. I believe even [in the way it was communicated to me] that Joseph betrayed me, I believe that these conversations went somewhat bit too far. I believe they went to personally deeply hurting me as a substitute of simply utilizing recreation to harm me. That’s a tricky factor to appreciate. Sitting there on closing two and realizing that my closest ally and my sanity within the recreation was at all times the person who I assumed he was…Joseph and I are on actually good phrases. We bought breakfast. We’re getting lunch immediately. We’re hanging out in L.A. We’re having a very good time.
Taylor Reveals She Thought About Leaving the Show
Heavy: Let’s speak about among the mistreatment in the home. It was arduous to look at at instances, so I can not even think about residing it. How did you get although a few of these harder moments? And did you think about leaving the show at any level?
Taylor: So really that day, Joseph’s birthday, I do not even know what that episode’s [going to] be like. But that day was the Veto comp Woodstack. After the Daniel state of affairs, it wasn’t simply that [situation] that was painful to expertise, it was additionally wanting round and no person within the room [was] standing up for me. There was nothing however silence. I had damaged phrases attempting to defend myself. And once you’re being accused of utilizing somebody’s sick mother as a psychological toy for a recreation, there [is] solely a lot you possibly can say to defend your self. Again, I have not seen [the episode] but, so I can solely imagine that [at the time] Daniel actually thought that is what I used to be doing and that is why he reacted the way in which he did. I’m not excusing it, however I’ll perceive somewhat bit extra if that is actually who he thought I used to be. That being mentioned, yeah, I thought of throwing Woodstack. I thought of simply saying, ‘That’s sufficient.’ If one individual is [going to] yell at me that is one factor but when individuals are solely going to inform me they do not assume it is proper afterwards…Why am I right here?
Heavy: If you needed to summarize your “Big Brother” journey in three phrases, what would they be?
Taylor: Redemptive, chaotic, and…..victorious!
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