Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.
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."
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.
Last Thursday, Ragan Fox found himself the latest evicted houseguest from the Big Brother 12 house. The 34 year-old college professor from West Hollywood, CA saw his luck run out as he had no alliance members left in the game.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Ragan discusses the difficulty of being the Saboteur, while he didn’t form any alliances, and why he wouldn’t be friends with Rachel, even on facebook. Excerpts are below –
Q: What was the hardest part of being a successful Saboteur? Did the guilt of sneaking around ever get to you?
Ragan: Hardest part was having the added stress of sabotage when my game play was falling apart. The Saboteur duties emerged the same week I split from Brendon and Rachel.
Q: You never seemed to form any strong alliances in the house. You were quick to make friendships, but no alliances. Was that strategy or was it necessity?
Ragan: Again, this was a season of friendships not alliances. Several times I tried to form alliances but it never panned out. When Kristen left I tried to scoop Hayden up, but by that point he was already really good friends with Enzo and Lane. I could have been in an alliance with Brendon and Rachel, but that would have involved being in an alliance with Brendon and Rachel — no thanks!
Q: When you suspected the guy’s alliance, why didn’t you follow your gut and try to call them out in front of the rest of the house?
Ragan: I had a hunch about the boy’s week three. The minute you start pointing a finger at people especially early in the game that’s when you form a target on your own back. So going after them early in the game meant they would have come after me early in the game.
Q: Going into a Jury House with Rachel and Brendon, what do you think your first words to them will be? You said your feelings for Brendon had “evolved.” Why? Do you think your feelings for Rachel will evolve as well?
Ragan: My feelings for Brendon have evolved because Rachel brings out the worst in Brendon. Once she left he was a much friendlier person. Regarding Rachel, my feelings have not evolved. I have no interest pursuing any type of relationship with her. I would not even be friends with her on Facebook — that request would be “denied.” First words will be, “Happy to see me?!”
On last night’s episode of Big Brother, we saw Britney get eliminated after being informed of the Brigade alliance. And just like that on of the Brigade douchebags members will win Big Brother 12. The 3-part HOH competition began last night, and tonight we will find out who won the first part.
TELL US – OF THE FINAL THREE BIG BROTHER CONTESTANTS, WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?
CBS has now unveiled the cast of the best reality show ever hit reality show Big Brother. The 13 houseguests that will be taking part in the 12th season of what CBS is dubbing the “Summer of Sabotage,” include a model, a bartender, and a chemistry graduate student who is also a VIP cocktail waitress.
But what everyone wants to know is what is the big twist this season? Well according to executive producer Allison Grodner, a mole has been planted among the houseguests to do the viewers’ bidding and disrupt the players’ lives during this season which debuts July 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
The mole, who will be revealed to viewers during the July 15 episode, is being called the Saboteur and isn’t eligible to win the $500,000 grand prize.
“For the first time ever, we have someone in the house who, in a way, is playing their own game,” said Grodner, who stressed that the operative is not an actor but a real person who was picked alongside everyone else. “They’re playing for a cash prize, if they make it a certain amount of time in the house. If they don’t last, they’re out, and their cover is blown.”
The Saboteur is similar to season 8’s introduction of “America’s Player,” which allowed one contestant, Eric Stein, to complete viewer-voted tasks for cash, unbeknownst to his house mates. The main difference this time however is that the cast will be made aware of the saboteur’s existence beforehand.