Tila Tequila Removed From U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother Over Nazi-sympathizing Past

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Tila Tequila dressed wearing a swastika armband.Credit: Screenshot from antisemitism.uk

Reality TV veteran Tila Tequila was removed from the most recent season of "Celebrity Big Brother" on Saturday after several anti-Semitic, Nazi-sympathizing social media posts came to light.

Britain's Channel 5 opted to remove Tequila from the popular reality TV show after the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) alerted the network to her history of posting rambling pro-Nazi rants and pictures of her wearing a swastika armband photoshopped in front of the gates of Auschwitz.

After Facebook shut down her account following the picture's publication, an outraged Tequila began referring to Facebook as "Jewbook."

Channel 5 said it had been unaware of Tequila's past Hitler admiration. However, the CAA took Channel 5 to task for failing to perform due diligence in researching Tequila's past.

"When you Google 'Tila Tequila' the top search results include her anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi rants. It is hard to believe that a team of researchers, bookers, producers and commissioning editors missed this well known part of her background," Jonathan Sacerdoti, Director of Communications at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said.

"Even her Wikipedia entry mentioned her Nazi sympathies," Sacerdoti added.

Tequila told The Sun that her past posts were the result of a drug addiction and depression, triggered by the 2010 death of her girlfriend Casey Johnson.

Tequila added that the photoshopped picture was posted in 2013, the year after she suffered a brain aneurysm caused by an overdose.

She told The Sun that she hopes the show will give her a second chance, while the CAA expressed hope that "she will now be shunned by the media."

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