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'Big Brother' evictee Kaitlin Barnaby: I'm shocked at some of the racist comments but I'm guilty by association


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/29/2013 

Big Brother houseguest Kaitlin Barnaby has attempted to separate herself from the controversial racist behavior in the house so far this season although she admits she wasn't completely innocent.

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Barnaby was in an alliance with Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman prior to her eviction, and the three girls were collectively called "the mean girls" outside of the house by home viewers. While Barnaby was shown making a few offensive comments, much of the focus has been on the racial and homophobic slurs Gries and Zimmerman have made about certain houseguests.

"There were parts of [their behavior] that I was unaware of and I was shocked that that's even in Aaryn and GinaMarie's personalities," Barnaby told Zap2it in a recent interview, referencing how Zimmerman has used the "n" word and Gries has mocked Asian Americans and black people.

"There were definitely times when I told them to put that to bed, but then there are other times when you just kind of awkwardly laugh through it. I was definitely guilty by association."

During Big Brother's live-feeds, Barnaby was shown saying the word "n---a" in a general sense and talking about how blacks stick together and they're the "tokens" in the house, according to Zap2it. When fellow houseguest Candice Stewart got confrontational with Gries once, Barnaby also said her "black side" was coming out, a comment she tried to justify.

"To my comment, Candice was always joking around that she had a 'white side' and a 'black side' to her because she's mixed [race]," she told the website.

"The night she was getting upset, that's the only reason I said that. It was not derogatory in any way. Candice and I are on great terms. It was definitely inappropriate on Aaryn and GinaMarie's behalf, I'm not defending them at all."

Barnaby said Gries certainly took the reins on the catty drama in the house.

"Aaryn was definitely the leader of our wolf pack, how much could I really yell at her? I think she knows she's in the wrong and she's definitely upset about it," Barnaby explained.

Barnaby told Zap2it the slurs some houseguests have used to describe gays and mentally-handicapped people aren't any less hurtful than those about race, however, she doesn't believe they deserve the same level of attention.

"Probably not as much as the racism, but it's definitely not the best terms to be using. I know that the f-word towards gay people was used multiple times and I yelled at people. I also yelled at people using the r-word for mentally challenged people because it's ridiculous. I told them is this really the way you want to be on national TV? It was very inappropriate," Barnaby said, adding that she believes Spencer Clawson was one of the worst culprits.

"I think Spencer -- I don't know if it necessarily had anything to do with the way he was raised or if he's from the South -- but I think he needed a bit of a muzzle when he talked... He is a very interesting and untrustworthy person, that's all I'll say," she noted.

Barnaby told Big Brother host Julie Chen in her post-eviction interview she had aligned with the wrong side of the house. When asked whether she wished she had worked closely with other people, Barnaby explained, "Yes and no."

"To get farther in the game, yes. With [Jeremy McGuire], I think I would really have liked for him to stay in an alliance of mine. But Aaryn, I probably would've chosen somebody different. But I gave her my loyalty on day 2. I tried to stay as loyal as possible. I think that was part of my downfall."

One thing Barnaby said she regrets is apparently how physical she got with McGuire while cameras were rolling. If there was anything she wishes she could've done differently it would be "taming" her relationship with him "a little more behind closed doors."

Added the houseguest, "But it is what it is and I don't regret anything."

As for whether her romance with McGuire will continue now that the pair are back in the real world, Barnaby told Zap2it she's not throwing out the possibility.

"You know, I'm open to it. We definitely live states away, but I'm going to stay in contact with him. I definitely had a connection with him, he was my best companion and best friend in that house, so I'm definitely open-minded about it," she said.

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