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Reality TV figure Tila Tequila has been removed as a participant from the television program Celebrity Big Brother after producers became aware that she had superimposed a picture of herself in Nazi regalia in front of a concentration camp, the BBC reported Saturday.
Tequila, whose real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, 33, posted the picture to her Facebook account in December 2013. The American glamour model also went on to claim to be Adolf Hitler reincarnated, called him a "brilliant artist" that was "ahead of his time," and added that she had "the same hopes and dreams as Hitler."
Forced to respond after numerous complaints were lobbed at show runners, a spokesman for Celebrity Big Brother claimed producers were unaware of her views.
"When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house," according to the spokesperson. "The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the program was untenable."
Director of Communications at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Jonathan Sacerdoti, told the BBC that "The British public has little time for attention seeking Nazi sympathizers like 'Tila Tequila.'"