'Big Brother' Season 24 on CBS: Who is Matt Turner? Contestant called out by sister for being a 'bully'
'Big Brother,' the CBS reality show, returns for Season 24 on Wednesday, July 6, and the cast has been unveiled just in time. However, only hours after the cast was revealed, one of the contestants, Matt "Turner" Turner, was dragged through Twitter for allegations made by his sister.
'Big Brother' has returned. A personal stylist, an interior designer, a chemical processing engineer, a private chef, a hypnotherapist, a Vegas performer, an attorney, and others are in this season's cast. Among the many, a thrift store owner has already come under fire before the season has even premiered. Let's find out what got him blasted on Twitter by the show's fans before he even entered the 'Big Brother' house.
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Who is Matt 'Turner' Turner?
Matt Turner is a 23-year-old thrift store owner from New Bedford, Massachusetts, while his hometown is said to be North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Matt is said to have worked for famed YouTuber MrBeast before opening his thrift business. Between 2018 and 2019, he apparently collaborated with MrBeast aka Jimmy Donaldson. However, in May 2021, he stated that he was berated "almost every day" and that Donaldson frequently called him a “phrase used to insult people with mental disabilities,” which caused him to cry. According to the NY Times story, Donaldson first employed just friends to work for him, but as his business expanded, so did his crew. Matt told The New York Times that although his buddies were featured in videos, he struggled to get recognized. “I was not to be credited for anything I did,” Matt explained. “I’d ask for credit, he’d credit someone else.”
Matt stated that when he shared videos and wrote about his experience on social media, he received angry responses and even death threats from Donaldson's supporters. MrBeast responded to Rogue Rocket's request for comment by sending a tape that Matt had previously released, in which he presented his job experience in a much better light. Matt referred to the role as a "dream job" in the video, which has since been removed but is still available in re-uploads, and advised others to work for Donaldson. Matt then stated that his choice to leave the position was mutual, as the corporation understood he would not be there for the long haul. Matt explained that he was going to college, wanted to travel around Asia, and was thinking about moving to Los Angeles, so they agreed to split ways. He further said that when he stopped working there, Donaldson, who had been paying his rent while he was there, continued to pay for him to stay in his apartment and urged him to stay as long as he needed. Matt claimed he was even paid after leaving the position for an indeterminate amount of time.
However, these were not the only comments Matt made regarding his time working for Donaldson prior to the publication of The New York Times piece. He had previously posted multiple tweets, which were later removed, in which he described a harsh workplace in which he was "bullied" and "having mental breakdowns day after day." He also released another video, which has since been removed but partially re-uploaded by other channels, in which he stated that he only made good words about Donaldson to "clout chase" because he was terrified of what would happen if he spoke negatively about the YouTuber. Furthermore, he then presented a far more hostile picture of Donaldson, including one incident in which Donaldson reportedly erased an entire project and yelled at him after being dissatisfied with an edit.
Why is the thrift store owner chastised on Twitter?
After CBS announced the Season 24 cast, Matt's elder sister, Holly Tuner, turned to Twitter to share her experience with her younger brother. He had bullied her, her whole life, she claimed. She also accused him of influencing their mother into evicting her from their home while she was unemployed and homeless, sleeping at their parents' house because she had nowhere else to go. She went on to say that he has caused her severe, excruciating anxiety as a result of the way he has treated her, as well as panic episodes that continue to plague her to this day. His sister also reported that he frequently uses the "N-word."
In terms of claims, Holly discounted her brother's complaint about YouTuber MrBeast's treatment of him. She alleges Matt made up stories about him in order to cancel him and launch his own YouTube career.
just heard that my younger brother, Matt Turner, is on Big Brother this season. FYI: this kid bullied me my entire life. in 2020, when I was jobless and homeless, staying at my parents house for lack of a better place to go, he randomly showed up when he didn't need to and— holly turner (@ittybittyholly) July 5, 2022
Since then, fans on social media have been calling for Matt to be removed from the show. A fan wrote: "wait matt turner was the editor that FAKED mr beast being racist, was called out, went homeless and now's he on the show #bb24 GET HIM OUTTT."
wait matt turner was the editor that FAKED mr beast being racist, was called out, went homeless and now's he on the show #bb24 GET HIM OUTTT— Ceedee Lamb Burner 🇺🇦 (@Lamb_MVP) July 5, 2022
Fans are also siding with his sister Holly as more old tweets have surfaced where she claims to have received ill-treatment from her family including her brother. The fan wrote: "This is a tweet in 2015 about Matt Turner being a piece of sh!t to her and her being homeless, 7 years before he was cast and when both were unknown. I believe her. #bb24."
This is a tweet in 2015 about Matt Turner being a piece of sh!t to her and her being homeless, 7 years before he was cast and when both were unknown. I believe her. #bb24 https://t.co/R0adbEemzX— KUNT👑 (@HerMajesteeee) July 5, 2022
Another fan joked about his possibility of not making it to the 'Big Brother' house: "Can Matt Turner “get COVID” between now and tomorrow night? #BB24."
Can Matt Turner “get COVID” between now and tomorrow night? #BB24— Taylor & Michael F2 (@BigBro_Survivor) July 5, 2022
However, another old tweet where Holly claimed to have lied about her brother made few of the fans doubt her allegations. They tweeted: "@ittybittyholly how we know you’re not lying again since you’re getting the attention you need? #BB24 #MattTurner."
@ittybittyholly how we know you’re not lying again since you’re getting the attention you need? #BB24 #MattTurner pic.twitter.com/2P6uiwXSEx— Sky (@sodasalsa) July 5, 2022
Another fan exposed the sister with some of her old tweets where she can be seen using offensive slurs. They wrote: "Christmas at Matt Turner’s house you get Egg Nog Juneteenth at Matt Turner’s house you get Nigg Nog #bb24."
Christmas at Matt Turner’s house you get Egg Nog— Peter Parker (@pdelon03) July 5, 2022
Juneteenth at Matt Turner’s house you get Nigg Nog 🥴 #bb24 https://t.co/W2kxJ2MMhD
'Big Brother' Season 24 will premiere on CBS on Wednesday, July 6, at 8/7c, as well as streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+ and the CBS app. Following the premiere, additional episodes will air on Thursdays at 9/8c (with live evictions), as well as Sundays and Wednesdays at 8/7c. Throughout the season, the 'Big Brother' Live Feed will be accessible on Paramount+.