‘Big Brother’ Airs Racist Remarks, Host Julie Chen Says: ‘I Took It Personally’

by | July 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Big Brother, TV News

"Big Brother 15" Houseguest Aaryn Gries (Photo: CBS)

On Sunday night, CBS finally decided to air some of the racist and homophobic comments made by several houseguests competing this season on “Big Brother 15.”

While several cast members have been guilty of making insensitive remarks, the show zeroed in on 22-year-old college student/model Aaryn Gries — who last week was dropped by her modeling agency over the racism controversy — and dedicated an entire montage to Aaryn’s disturbing comments.

Aaryn’s unbecoming behavior included telling Asian housemate Helen Kim “to go make some rice,” a derogatory reference to Asian nail salons, and joking to housemate Nick Uhas that “I probably look like a squinty Asian right now.”

She didn’t stop at racism, though. Aaryn also made homophobic slurs in reference to gay housemate Andy Herren, saying
“No one’s going to vote for whoever that queer puts up.”

Another houseguest was exposed on-air for making racist remarks. GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32, who also lost her job last week when she was fired from the East Coast USA Pageant, was seen making jokes to Gries about African-American cast member Candice Stewart, when she said Candice is on the dark side “because she’s already dark.”

Meanwhile, housemate Spencer Clawson, a railroad conductor for Union Pacific, may become the third player to lose his day job over the derogatory display taking place on the show. TMZ claims Clawson may be fired for his own abhorrent comments, after he was heard calling another player “Kermit the F**” and giving Hitler a compliment.

Watch Sunday Night’s Episode of “Big Brother” Below:

The televised footage comes after the hateful language was captured on the 24/7 live Internet feeds last week and created a controversy online.

Several of the houseguests in the “Big Brother” house were seen complaining about the shocking comments and showing their disbelief over what was going on, however, no one directly confronted the offending parties face-to-face (yet).

“Big Brother” host Julie Chen revealed she too was offended by the racist remarks made by the cast. Chen discussed the controversy and expressed her disappointment Monday on her daytime show “The Talk.”

“When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most. It stung,” Chen said on Monday’s show. “I took it personally. I’m a human being.”

“The year is 2013,” she added. “I felt ignorant, there are still people in the country who feel and act that way? Yes, there [are]. It made me sad.”