Another Big Brother Canada houseguest has left the building and this one was a total shock. Warning, spoilers lie ahead.
After three weeks of mindful and meticulous gameplay, someone who you may have considered a frontrunner ended up on the chopping block and was ultimately voted out of the house.
Latoya Anderson is headed home to Pickering, Ontario, where she works as a police officer. Latoya opted to keep her profession a secret from the other contestants so she wouldn't be seen as a threat.
In an interview with Narcity, Latoya explained why she kept her profession from the other houseguests and what her experience has been like as a Black, female police officer over the past year.
Why did you keep your job a secret from the other houseguests?
"I didn't reveal it to anyone because I thought it would make me a target and I’m happy that I didn’t reveal it. At the end of the day, I still haven't revealed it. None of the houseguests know," said Latoya.
"They painted a picture of me that I was strong and smart and intimidating, and that I was a comp beast and that I was a manipulator and that I could flip the house."
She continued, "I had a target on my back from day one and I felt it. They said certain things to me that made me know that I was somebody that was going to stand out, so I feel like when I add that career title onto that, they’re definitely going to be even more intimidated."
"It’s funny because their nickname for me was LT — lieutenant — and they had no clue about my profession. I think it was the best decision to keep it a secret, I don’t think it would have helped my game."
Was it hard to keep your profession from everyone?
“Not being able to talk about my profession didn’t allow me to connect as much as I could have because it is such a huge part of who I am," she told us. "While everybody’s sharing stories about their careers and their lives, I couldn’t do that."
"There were even times when I caught myself almost slipping. I was going to say something about my coworkers, or why I eat on the go."
"I talked about the fact that I had been tased and pepper-sprayed before and they were like 'why would you ever do that!?' and I was just like "yeah, why would I ever do that," she laughed.
"And I said, "okay, I just need to stop talking because I’m going to blow my own cover."
What has it been like over the past year as a Black, female police officer?
“It’s been challenging," Latoya began. "But I think that with everything going on in the world, with the climate of the world, I think now more than ever, being a Black, female officer is so important. I think that my role and my representation is even more important."
"And staying strong in who I am and continuing to represent my community and do what I do with integrity, and fairness, and impartiality — I think that is more important now than ever."
"People need to see that there are good officers out there that care about the people that they serve," she continued.
"I take a lot of pride in what I do. I love my job, I love the work that I do, I love my community. I think that it’s a privilege and an honour to put on my uniform and my badge every day. Now, more than ever, I need to stay strong, hold my head high, and continue to do this work."