'Big Brother' Faces Backlash Over Racist, Homophobic Comments
Houseguest Aaryn during the season premiere of "Big Brother 15."
Just one week into the season, "Big Brother" is already facing a huge controversy over the cast members' alleged racist, homophobic, and sexist comments.
Nearly half of the houseguests made such slurs, according to Reality Blurred, on the CBS show's 24-hour online live feed. None of the remarks have aired during a broadcast episode, and it's unclear if the network plans to do so.
CBS issued a statement distancing itself from the houseguests' behavior:
"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."
Reality Blurred compiled examples of the many offensive comments, which include GinaMarie using the n-word, Aaryn telling Helen (who's Asian) to "make some f---ing rice," and Spencer calling Andy a "f-g." Kaitlin, David, Jeremy, and Amanda also made some remarks on the live feed.
Houseguests David and Jeremy during the season premiere of "Big Brother 15."
The backlash is building and affecting the cast members' regular lives as well. TMZ reports that 22-year-old college student Aaryn Gries was dropped by a modeling agency. Zephyr Talent said, "Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone … Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract."
GinaMarie Zimmerman also lost her job. The 32-year-old former beauty queen worked as a pageant coordinator for East Coast USA Pageant Inc. The company's CEO told Entertainment Weekly in statement, "We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is as we would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants ... In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal."