Well it's about time. After days of scandal and several fansites calling for 'Big Brother' to own up to the presence of racism in the house this season, CBS and 'Big Brother' have finally admitted to the bad behaviour and inappropriate language of at least one houseguest.
Aaryn (not to be confused with 'Aryan') Gries, 22, recently lost her job with a modelling agency after she was caught making racial slurs on 'Big Brother's 24/7 online feeds. The latest episode of 'Big Brother' devoted an entire segment to a montage of Gries' harmful comments, including referring to Andy (another houseguest) as "a queer."
The segment in question featured several of the houseguests meeting in the HOH room to discuss Aaryn's behaviour. Howard, an African-American houseguest, was quoted as saying "some derogatory stuff has come out, the real her comes out, that she can’t apologize for. That would be my only, I guess, personal matter with it." Amanda Zuckerman also noted her displeasure with Aaryn's racist remarks.
So just how bad has it gotten? Aaryn Gries has been seen on camera saying each of the following things:
- Gries told Asian houseguest Helen Kim she should "go make some rice."
- She referred to looking like a "squinty Asian" while talking to houseguest Nick.
- Aaryn mocked Asian beauticians while in the kitchen, impersonating an Asian accent and saying "Why you no have boyfriend? It’s because you don’t want long nail!"
Howard, who is seemingly handling Aaryn's hate-speech quite well, still made it clear that the behaviour is unacceptable. "Even when these comments are made in fun," Howard explained, "they’re still hurtful and are disrespectful." CBS went on record yesterday expressing that they do not condone Aaryn's views and behaviour on the program. What's worse? This isn't an isolated problem limited to one person. Aaryn's fellow houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman has also been caught on the 24/7 feed referring to African-American houseguests and how "dark" they are. While Zimmerman's behaviour is just as abhorrent as Gries', no time on the program has been devoted to exposing Zimmerman.
While several fansites and the popular activist site Change.org have publically called for Gries to be removed from the program, Gries was "head of the household" on this week's broadcast, making her safe from any ouster. Time will tell how CBS decides to handle Gries' behaviour, however at the very least they have stopped pretending that the problem didn't exist.