'Big Brother' finally airs highly-criticized racial and homophobic remarks during broadcast
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/08/2013
Big Brother's broadcasts have begun to show some of its houseguests' true colors.
After making no acknowledgement of the controversial comments and slurs the show's live-feed viewers have seen some of Big Brother's houseguests make during the season's first four episodes, Sunday night's CBS broadcast finally brought Aaryn Gries' racist and homophobic comments to light on-air.
"Dude, shut up. Go make some rice," Gries was shown saying. "I look, probably, like a squinty Asian right now... No one's going to vote for whoever that queer puts up."
During a short edited series of different remarks made by Gries, houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman was shown at one point joining in on the trash-talking.
"[Candice Stewart] is already on the dark side because she's already dark," Zimmerman joked.
"Be careful what you say in the dark because you might not be able to see the b-tch," Gries replied.
Amanda Zuckerman was also shown describing Gries in a confessional, calling her a "raging b-tch" and insisting she's "naive" and "sheltered."
"She makes comments that are completely inappropriate where she makes fun of other people for what they look like and their ethnicity, and I think it's going to hurt her a lot in the game and outside the game," Zuckerman explained during last night's show.
Added houseguest Howard Overby, "I've heard Aaryn say some derogatory comments toward a couple people in the house in certain situations. Granted, it does affect me indirectly, but it's not directed towards me. Even when these comments are made in fun, they still hurt and are disrespectful, especially when that person isn't there to hear it and back themselves up."
While Gries' and Zimmerman's comments were the focus of Sunday night's controversial footage, several other houseguests have been shown making similar comments during the 24/7 live-feeds. They include Jeremy McGuire, Spencer Clawson and Kaitlin Barnaby.
After live-feed viewers began complaining about the comments on social media and message boards, Gries and Zimmerman both lost their jobs.
Prior to Sunday night's episode, CBS had released a statement condemning the racial and homophobic slurs but failed to explain why the network was continuing to present the houseguests in an inaccurate, favorable light -- especially in light of this season's new twist is which a "Big Brother MVP" houseguest is crowned each week based upon their popularity with home viewers.