Big Brother 15 has been consumed by controversy with several houseguests spewing hateful and racist remarks every chance they get. Aaryn Gries, a 22-year-old college student/model from Texas, has been denounced by fans of the show and mainstream media, which led to the end of her modeling contract, for her ignorance.
Of course, the uncensored live feeds clearly show that Aaryn is not alone, but CBS has decided that she shall be the poster child for everything that's wrong with Big Brother 15. (Please don't think I feel sorry for her – I do not.)
Howard Overby, a 29-year-old youth counselor from Mississippi, was targeted by Aaryn (Head of Household) and Amanda Zuckerman (Queen of Bullydom) and evicted on Thursday. Immediately following his eviction, Howard told Julie Chen, enduring racism inside the Big Brother house was the "hardest thing in the world."
More and more, Big Brother host Julie Chen is opening up about the hate inside the Big Brother house this season, and she seems to be most offended by Aaryn Gries. Rightfully so! Aaryn – along with GinaMarie Zimmerman – has been fired from her job since entering the Big Brother house. Of course, she's still sequestered, so she has no idea!
Anyway, back to Julie's thoughts on Aaryn, who has personally attacked African-American, Asian-American, and gay BB15 houseguests. "The fact that a young person in this day and age would engage in such racism is very disturbing," said Julie. "When I was growing up in Queens in the '70s, I heard 'chink' and 'ching-chong' and they pulled their eyes – but that was in the '70s!"
In the diary room, Amanda once said, "I'd say on top of Aaryn being a raging bitch, she's very naive and sheltered, and she makes comments that are completely inappropriate where she makes fun of other people for what they look like and their ethnicity," adding, "I think it's going to hurt her a lot — in the game and outside the game."
Don't get me wrong, Amanda is right, everything she says about Aaryn is dead on. However, she is also a hypocrite, and the video evidence (for non feed watchers) is finally on YouTube.
On the video, Amanda says about Candice Stewart, "She wore my f–king headband and didn't ask. She took it off your f–king head and put it on her greasy-ass, nappy-hair head." Y'all, it gets worse, much worse. Amanda is a mean, unscrupulous person.
Since her eviction, Kaitlin admitted she didn't know Aaryn was campaigning against her, adding, "The fact that they kept her instead of me – I hope she finds a way to stay in that house – for karma."
Also, when it comes to being a mean girl,Kaitlin insisted she's simply "guilty by association" because she was "sweet to everyone."Is Kaitlin a mean girl or a victim? She wants us to believe it's the latter – you be the judge!
As a huge fan of Big Brother – and avid follower of the uncensored live feeds – I'm sickened by the racism, misogyny, and homophobia coming from the Big Brother 15 cast this summer week. Oy. I have to repeatedly remind myself that it's only the first week.
Apparently, CBS/Big Brother has asked the houseguests to not make racial or derogatory remarks against others in the house, but that's the EXTENT of CBS/Big Brother's willingness to get involved.
Whether or not the racial slurs make it to the CBS broadcasts of Big Brother remains to be seen, but in my opinion, hiding it exacerbates the problem. My guess, CBS will pretend the racism, misogyny, and homophobia inside the Big Brother house does not exist, which is unfortunate.
Big Brother 15 premieres Wednesday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS.
Following the premiere on Wednesday, Big Brother will air three nights weekly – Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The live eviction show hosted by the lovely Julie Chen happens on Wednesdays this season. Also new, Big Brother: After Dark will air on TV Guide Network (TVGN), not Showtime.