June 21, 2006, - 10:39 am

When “Big Brother” is a Racist: Will CBS Return Violent Farrakhanite to “Reality” Show?

By Debbie Schlussel
“Big Brother” is one of the most inane, ennui-inducing programs on television. But, tonight, there might be some excitement. Very disturbing excitement.
The show, hosted by the excessively glib Julie Chen, is announcing candidates for its 7th season “All-Star” show (they let the two viewers of the show vote on them). Will CBS have the guts and decency not to include “Will Mega,” a racist, anti-Semitic Black supremacist out of the voting?
Don’t bet on it. In 2000, the network favored ratings over doing the right thing and picked him for the viewers they thought his racist rantings would attract. If he’s included again, this time, it’s even more of an outrage. This time, CBS can’t pretend they didn’t know of his job as the late Khalid Abdul Muhammad’s National Field Director and role in a violent riot against cops (16 police were injured) at the Million Youth March.

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CBS Reality Star/Racist Will Mega & Mentor Khalid Muhammad

And since racist William most recently worked as an aide for losing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Sandals (more here)–who lost to Bobby Casey for the chance to beat Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum–he’s looking for something to do with his time.
As I wrote in The Jerusalem Post, he

called whites and Jews “evil and unrighteous,” and the enemy.

More disturbing is an excerpt from my column about him in 2000, when this silly show began on the Rather Not Network:

Cast member William is a Philadelphia youth counselor who helps kids. That’s what CBS wants you and his housemates to think. In reality, William Collins a/k/a Hiram Ashantee, according to the New York Daily News, is a racist hatemonger and top aide to former Louis Farrakhan sidekick Khalid Abdul Muhammad.
You know–the same Khalid Muhammad, who calls Jews “bloodsuckers,” and Whites and the Pope “crackers” and “devils.” Yup, the same Muhammad who with William a/k/a Ashantee standing by his side, urged the crowd to attack police and grab their guns at the Sept. 5, 1998, Million Youth March in Harlem. William a/k/a Ashantee–one of Muhammad’s top organizers–stood by as 16 cops were injured. Nice pick, CBS. Thanks for giving a racist bigot an unfettered forum for his evil views.
And thanks for lying. CBS doesn’t indicate “William’s” real identity or activities anywhere–i.e., that he’s a member of the “New Black Panther Party.” Interesting, since he’s basically told the show’s White people they’re racists. Look who’s talking. (He also asked Eddie, who lost his leg to cancer, “Does having one leg help you get women?”) . . . .
Casting Director Brad Bishop tells the BB website that “we certainly wouldn’t select anyone who supported hateful or discriminatory rhetoric. The people to be chosen are average.” A Black Supremacist is “average?” In one news photo, “William” appears with Muhammad under a banner that says “Let’s Separate [from Whites].” CBS should give him that opportunity now, but won’t.
Now that the show is starting to rally in the ratings because of William’s provocations with everyone, CBS wouldn’t possibly sacrifice the almighty ratings to erase hate and bigotry. Hypocritical CBS–whose vigorous background check surely informed them of William’s “affiliation”–says it “feels very comfortable” with racist, anti-Semitic William and supports “diversity” and his right to “think and speak freely.” Incredible! So, why isn’t there also an undisclosed White Supremacist clowning around on the show in the guise of a nice suburban guy? Just to make things fair.

Since then, as I wrote in the Jerusalem Post column, William

was an unsuccessful November 2003 candidate for the Philadelphia City Council. He announced his candidacy at the 2003 Philadelphia Hip-Hop Summit (hosted by [billionaire Hip Hop mogul and Farrakhan apologist Russell] Simmons) and is the Philadelphia delegate to the National Hip-Hop Political Action Committee.

And William is very proud of his racist, anti-Semitic past with Muhammad. Here’s a portion of his bio from a militant (ie., racist) Black speaker’s bureau:

Mega led a special missions force of armed Black Nationalists, revolutionaries . . . .
Following this effort, Mega joined the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Within the party Mega mobilized thousands of black youth to participate in the Million Youth March in Harlem, New York. Mega’s initiative and exhibition of true leadership facilitated his rapid rise through the ranks of the party to the position of Philadelphia Chapter Chairman. During Mega’s tour of duty as chairman, the Philadelphia chapter grew in membership tremendously and was considered the East Coast Regional Headquarters. In 1999, Mega was promoted to the position of National Field Marshal. Under the auspices of this position, he began traveling throughout the country teaching the ten-point program in a diverse array of venues – from street corners to college campuses.

Tell CBS to keep this racist off the air.

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11 Responses

Well aparently there might have been a big enough stink about it becasue this loser was not on last night as one of the potential contestants to be voted into the house.
Make any calls to CBS Debbie?
I SENT THE PIECE TO A FRIEND WHO IS A PROGRAMMING VEEP AT CBS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Avatar on June 22, 2006 at 12:10 pm

I like your idea of fair play. Could you imagine someone on there badmouthing Muslims and quoting those charming verses from the Krapan. That would be good TV.

John Sobieski on June 23, 2006 at 1:15 am

Hi Debbie,
If he is such an anti-semite, why would he be a Field Director for a jewish candidate, Alan Sandals? What has he ever said that is antt-semitic? I see that you quoted some other guy as saying anti-semitic things, but you don’t attribute any anti-semitic statements to him.
Also, I watched the show and I heard him say that he left the Black Panther Party before he was even on the show and that was over six years ago. So on what basis do you find that he is an anti-semite? If he is, according to your definition, an anti-semite, is their any room for people to grow and change their ideologies? I heard him say that he left the Black Party for ideological differences. The guy who won, Eddie, was an atheist. Eddie can’t be pro-judaism if he’s an atheist, so does that make him anti-semitic as well? If so, how come you haven’t come out with anti-semitic statements about him? You call Will a violent Farrakhanite. There was no discussion about him being a member of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. And you say that he is violent. What act of violence has he committed that makes you label him as violent?
YOU DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT LEFT-WING JEWS. THEY REACH OUT TO HATERS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND SHUN ALLIES, SUCH AS THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHERE THEY MUST CATER TO THIS ELEMENT. JOE LIEBERMAN DID THIS IN REACHING OUT TO FARRAKHAN AND PRAISING HIM, WHILE RUNNING FOR VP.
WILL MEGA HAS NOT GROWN OR CHANGED AND HAS SAID THAT HE LEFT THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY NOT OVER IDEOLOGY. IN FACT, AFTER HE WAS KICKED OUT OF THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE, HE SAID HE AGREED WITH KHALID ABDUL MUHAMMED’S STATEMENTS ABOUT JEWS AND, HIMSELF, SAID ANTI-SEMITIC THINGS, WHICH ARE IN THE JERUSALEM POST COLUMN TO WHICH I LINKED.
THE GUY WAS THE NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR FOR KHALID ABDUL MUHAMMAD, THE FAMOUS SPEAKER OF THE JEWISH JEWELRY SPEECH (“WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL THEMSELVES GOLDBERG, RUBY, SILVERSTEIN? . . .”) AND SAID THAT JEWISH DOCTORS INFECT BLACK BABIES WITH AIDS SO THEY WILL DIE. HE STOOD IN THE BACKGROUND DURING THE MILLION YOUTH MARCH AS MUHAMMAD STARTED A RIOT AND URGED ATTACKS ON THE POLICE, WHICH RESULTED IN 16 COPS INJURED.
IF YOU HAVEN’T YET GOTTEN A CLUE ABOUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH WILL MEGA, THEN YOU ARE IRRETRIEVABLY CLUELESS AND BEYOND ALL RECOVERY.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Jess on June 26, 2006 at 6:28 pm

“YOU DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT LEFT-WING JEWS. THEY REACH OUT TO HATERS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE …”
So much anger, Deb…why? Are you referring to Alan Sandals here? Why are you talking about HIS motives? The question that was raised is whether or not Will Mega is anti-semitic. If Will Mega was anti-semitic, wouldn’t he shun Alan Sandals rather than campaign for him whatever Sandal’s motives were? You are condemning Will for an affiliation with which he terminated before he even appeared on Big Brother for “ideological differences”. Do you know what that means?
“HE STOOD IN THE BACKGROUND DURING THE MILLION YOUTH MARCH AS MUHAMMAD STARTED A RIOT AND URGED ATTACKS ON THE POLICE, WHICH RESULTED IN 16 COPS INJURED.”
Key words here are “HE STOOD IN THE BACKGROUND” as in did not participate…as did several other shocked onlookers. And this was six years ago!! You keep quoting Khalid Muhammad…not Will Mega! In the interest of fairness, I have to say that your position is weak. And by the way, I couldn’t help but notice in your reference that you are quoting YOURSELF in the Jeruselem Post’s OPINION SECTION. LOL

Jess on June 28, 2006 at 11:10 am

No hard feelings, Deb. I like your zeal and I check your blogs all the time, but give me some facts. You said that he hasn?t grown or changed. How do you know this? You mention on several occasions what “Will Mega said…”, but you are vague about where and when these alleged statements were made and in what context. What information do you have to justify your position on this guy, today?

Jess on June 28, 2006 at 1:44 pm

I have read this string of comments on Will and I must say that I am appalled of the invalidity of what has been said here. You did not provide exact quotes that Will said these supposed racist comments. You merely quoted an article that you wrote. Will has admittedly been a part of those organizations referenced but is no longer a part of them. He is a wonderful father and community leader. Say what you want about his politics and beliefs, but he is a good person. I know him personally and my ethnic background (mixed race) had no bearing on our relationship and was NEVER brought up as an issue.

C on July 7, 2006 at 9:03 pm

I must say that being a minority here in America has showed me only one view and it has nothing to do with me. It seems as if anyone who decides to stand up for their rights is a racist in most peoples eyes. It is strange however, that everyone can talk about what they have went through without anyone saying anything against them. In fact the US has even went after war criminals that imprisoned and tortured the Jewish people. Where was and is any of this support for the African American community. Nowhere I guess This country was built on their blood, sweat, and tears and no one cried foul. What would I expect from people such as yourself though. Just remember that that doesn’t kill you will eventually make you stronger.

Sij on November 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

Everyone has the same rights as everyone else, there is no need to make things up to start pity parties. Most of the time things are taken the wrong way and

turned into something they are not.

In the case of william this article is accurate, anyone who cannot see this is likely just as bad as him themselves. Clearly you don’t see how he treats

whites in the community. There is a difference between speaking your mind and starting fights with people just for the purpose of calling them racists as

william likes to do. He isn’t the type of person that is interested in others opinions on anything, only getting others to see his. And if they don’t he will

say random meaningless quotes and talk over you.

I’m all for giving people a second chance, but if you saw the show you’d see even though he may have left the black kkk by then his views hadn’t changed, he

was clearly the same close minded arrogant hateful person, and just to be clear having confidence doesn’t mean being an arrogant douche bag. Just not a fan

of people who tell others what they are doing wrong while doing the exact same thing or worse themselves.

And this country wasn’t built off their blood sweat and tears. you clearly forgot about the other 9/10s of the population that worked hard and gave their

lives to make this country. if anything you should be saying that it was built on the bodies of the Native Americans, but I guess you could care less about

us right… Not really sure how you believe there were enough blacks to do all the work, but whatever. Trust me when it comes to screwing people over the

government doesn’t only go after minorities, they like to get everyone involved that they can.

Anyway I don’t feel that the people commenting here are people who would want to have a real conversation, only nitpick at others comments to try and

discredit what they are saying. When it comes down to it a great deal of people have crappy lives, it seems a bit ignorant to try and assume yours is worse.

And if all you have to say back to me is “you don’t know what you’re talking about”. Well, then you are right. You win. Good day.

Khine on October 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’m with Khine on this. Whether he left the BP and never actively participated in violence, I remember watching that jerk on TV and his hateful, bully ways.

I’m a minority woman, and am just 3 or 4 years older than Brittany. And he would accuse her of being racist. I never sensed that from her. Her only “crime” was that she was a happy, positive young woman–and I say that having been raised in a very unhappy home and had trouble fitting in while looking very different from all the other kids. Brittany was no racist.

The problem: Some dudes–the angrier the better–just can’t stand that a young woman is happy and carefree. And Will Mega with his echo-chamber Jordan would just bully everyone in the house for not being as cynical & snarky as they were. I don’t know if Jordan has grown up since then, but someone like Will just never sheds that hateful personality unless and until something catastrophic happens in their life to turn their attitude around. I don’t know if that has happened for him.

Black Panther, Muslim sympathizer, anti-Semite or not. Will Mega is one angry, hateful, bitter jealous dude who used his fast-running-mouth and domineering size to badger people he disagrees with.

C on December 16, 2012 at 4:58 am

Debbie, it is interesting that NOW Julie Chen is saying “I had no idea these people were racists” when in fact the show has a history of racism. Why does Chen associate with such people?

jgg on July 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

While I’m at it–how come it’s OK for Democrats to be racist but not Republicans?

jgg on July 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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