Aaryn Gries: I wish someone had told me my racist comments were racist
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/20/2013
Aaryn Gries says she thought her racially-charged "jokes" wouldn't offend people because no one ever told her they weren't funny.
The Big Brother houseguest, a 22-year-old college student from San Angelo, TX, admits she's been making racist "jokes" for years but insists she didn't know they were insulting since "no one had expressed that I was taken that way," TMZ reported.
Gries told the website she wishes she had been warned that her comments were offensive prior to entering the diverseBig Brother house -- which included African-American contestants Howard Overby and Candice Stewart along with Asian-American houseguest Helen Kim. Gries had also referred to gay houseguest Andy Herren as a "queer" during the season.
"I am not a racist," Gries added. "Sometimes you can say mindless things that will haunt you."
"You know, [my contract's] not there anymore, but to be honest with you, it really wasn't that great of an agency anyway," she boasted to CBS' KCBS-TV affiliate in Los Angeles after Big Brother's finale aired Wednesday night.
"And I have six meetings with six new agencies tomorrow, so it's a better step."