'Big Brother' Racist Comments Air on Television, Rile Up Viewers

Image: 'Big Brother' Racist Comments Air on Television, Rile Up Viewers Aaryn Gries, left, and GinaMarie Zimmerman.

Monday, 08 Jul 2013 03:34 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Racist and homophobic comments from "Big Brother 15" houseguests — two of whom are paying the price for their opinions by losing their jobs — fired up social media sites as viewers responded to CBS' airing the comments on television Sunday.

Two houseguests in particular, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman, have been particularly vocal in their attacks on other guests. Gries was fired from the Zephyr Talent modeling agency last week, and Zimmerman, a beauty pageant coordinator, was let go from East Coast USA Pageant Inc.

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

One tweet questioned whether the show misspelled Gries’s first name.



CBS got some criticism from fans, too, because the show did not originally include the racist or homophobic comments in its regular telecast. The comments could only be heard on the show's online live stream.

One anonymous commenter on a CNN article said, “By editing out these comments, CBS and the BB production is silently condoning it. In fact, they are supporting it. … They are propping up racism and homophobia by hiding it away and SHOWCASING the perpetrators as nothing more than young people showmancing and having fun.”

Some people stood up for Gries as news of her opinions made the rounds.

On TMZ.com, where a video clip of her comments can be seen, Pablo wrote, “I don't think a shallow bigmouth is the same as genuine racism. She's a bone head for sure, but you're making her a racist caricature far more than she probably is in reality. Respect is priceless. Ruining people for their offhand comments about racism or being gay is often times just as hypocritical as treating those groups poorly.”

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

ET reported that "Big Brother" host Julie Chen spoke about the issue on a taping of “The Talk.”

“I have to be honest, it stung,” she said, according to ET. “Those things, in my opinion ... it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved