CBS Airs Offensive Comments From 'Big Brother' Contestant Aaryn Gries
Three of the HouseGuests on this season of Big Brother came under fire last week for their bigoted remarks on the show's live feed at CBS.com, which lets fans see everything that goes on in the house 24 hours a day.
Producers aired parts of the live feed on the show this week, and during Sunday night's episode footage of contestant Aaryn Gries mocking Asians and African Americans, as well as throwing in a gay slur for good measure, made the final cut.
Gries (whose first name, ironically, reminds us of a word that's often used synonymously with racism) referred to gay HouseGuest Andy Herren "that queer" and said that contestant Helen Kim, who is Asian, should "shut up" and "go make some rice."
Aaryn also made fun of Asian nail salon workers, mocking them by saying, "Why you no have boyfriend? It's because you don't want long nail."
CBS ran a montage of Aaryn's bigoted comments following footage of her fellow HouseGuests discussing about her behavior.
"Does she not know we're on TV and you shouldn't says stuff like that?" Asked Judd Daughtery; while Howard Overby said that "the real her comes out, that she can’t apologize for."
Aaryn has since been dropped by the Texas modeling agency Zephyr Talent over her comments.
GinaMarie Zimmerman, who referred to welfare as "n***er insurance," was let go by her employer, East Coast USA Pageant, Inc., with whom she worked for for five years. Spencer Clawson's employer, Union Pacific, is also taking action to sever their ties with the railroad conductor, according to TMZ.com. Clawson praised Hitler and called a fellow housemate "Kermit the F*g."
Since the show shuts its HouseGuests away from the outside world during its duration, none of the three will find out their fate until they leave the house.
Fans have started a petition asking CBS to get rid of Gries, but for now she's landed the "Head of Household" (HoH) spot, meaning she's safe for another week.
CBS addressed the racist comments last week, saying in a statement, "Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 -- and seeing every moment of their lives
"At times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."
Watch the video below (warning: derogatory language)