‘Big Brother’ Fallout: Model Dropped by Agency, Another Loses Job After Racial Slurs

by | July 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Big Brother

"Big Brother" Houseguest Aaryn Gries (Photo: CBS)

UPDATED: Another “Big Brother” house guest has had her private life derailed after she was caught on-camera (and tape) dropping the n-word in the uncensored, 24/7 Internet version of the CBS reality series. According to TMZ.com, “Big Brother” participant GinaMarie Zimmerman was fired Wednesday from her job at East Coast USA Pageant Inc., where she had worked for five years as a pageant coordinator. TMZ had a statement from the pageant company. “We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past,” the statement said. “We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. 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.”

PREVIOUSLY:Big Brother” contestants have been known to behave badly over the years, but this crop of Season 15 houseguests may be some of the worst offenders yet.

A dizzying number of racist, homophobic, sexist and misogynistic comments have been uttered by nearly half the cast (meaning, it’s not just one or two bad eggs this time), which were captured on the “Big Brother” 24/7 live Internet feeds and immediately created a stir online. The guilty parties heard making ugly talk in the last week (mostly over the weekend) include Aaryn, Kaitlin, GinaMarie, David, Jeremy, Spencer and Amanda, according to multiple reports.

CBS has been editing out the offensive remarks before the three weekly episodes air on television, so viewers will not be privy to all of the houseguests’ antics … or to their true (?) personalities. This might matter at some point, considering one of the “twists” to this season involves viewers voting for each week’s Most Valuable Player, a title that earns the MVP “power” in the game. (So, if “BB” fans aren’t seeing the full picture, they won’t be making fully-informed choices.) Reality TV expert Andy Denhart has compiled a round-up of the hamsters’ most hateful words for those inclined to read more about it.

CBS has issued a statement on the foul-mouthed firestorm, saying they too are offended by the cast’s insensitive comments.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

So far, there have been repercussions for at least one of the “Big Brother” houseguests due to their racially offensive remarks. Aaryn Gries, a 22-year-old Texas college student/model, has just been dropped by her modeling agency. Stating that it did not condone Aaryn’s “prejudices and other beliefs,” the agency has decided, “upon much consideration,” to “release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.”

Aaryn has been heard on the live feeds saying some outrageous things to her fellow castmates. Among them, according to TheWrap: Aaryn told Helen, who is Asian American, to “shut up and go make some rice” and remarked that “she is the first Asian I know who doesn’t do nails.” She’s referred to gay housemate Andy as a “queer.” And she said that African-American contestants Candice and Howard would be sticking together “because of the black thing.” She also warned the houseguests to be careful what they say about Candice in the dark when the lights are off because “you might not be able to see that b*tch.”

So much for model behavior….

Meanwhile, for those that are watching “Big Brother” this season, CBS announced that “Big Brother” is moving out of the Tuesday line-up, and episodes of “NCIS” (8/7c), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9/8c) and “Person of Interest” (10/9c) are moving in.

“Big Brother” will now be broadcast on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with the live eviction show shifting to Thursday beginning July 11.

 

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