Season 15 of Big Brother
kicked off just a few weeks ago, promising an action-packed summer of scheming and gameplay, however, the recent headlines
have taken a more serious tone. Aaryn Gries, 22, a contestant on the current season, has come under fire -- a lot of fire -- for her racist and homophobic remarks, which she made on camera as part of the show's 24/7 live-feed.
During the course of her stay in the house thus far, Gries is overheard making racist comments about fellow contestant Helen Kim, saying she should "go make rice," and later saying, "I probably look like a squinty Asian right now." She continued later, mocking nail salon workers saying, "Why you no have boyfriend? It's because you don't want long nail!" Other members of the house laughed.
"No one's going to vote for whoever that queer puts up," she whispered to her alliance, referencing gay housemate Andy Herren, who was called "Faggoty Ann" and "Kermit the Fag" by two other contestants in the house.
The backlash has been enormous. Gries modeling agency, Zephyr Talent, has dropped her. A Change.org petition has over 1400+ signatures, requesting CBS to take action. CBS addressed the controversy in last night's episode, showing a package of Gries and other houseguests comments. Today, Julie Chen, the show's host and co-host of The Talk said this:
"I have to be honest, it stung," she said. "Those things, in my opinion ... it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean. When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black, and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most. It stung. I took it personally. I’m a human being. The really sad part, it took me back to the '70s when I was growing up in Queens and I was 7 years old getting bullied, being called a chink. I thought, 'Wow I haven't heard comments like that [in years]. The year is 2013. I felt ignorant, there are still people in the country who feel and act that way? Yes there [are]. It made me sad. She’s 22 and she’s college educated."
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