‘Big Brother’: Contestant who made racist remarks to get PR help
“Big Brother” houseguest Aaryn Gries, who has made derogatory remarks about African American, Asian American and gay members of the house, has no idea that her remarks have sparked a controversy among viewers.
But when she exits the house, she will apparently get some help with “spin control” to deal with the potenial public fallout from her controversial comments.
Sources for the series said the mother of Gries, who lives in San Angelo, Texas, has already hired a publicist for the 22-year-old college student, making Gries perhaps the first contestant in “Big Brother” history to get representation while still living in the house.
Gries has already lost her job at a modeling agency as a result of the remarks. While she is still isolated and unaware of her dismissal, her mother is aware of the firing and is taking steps to redeem her daughter’s reputation.
In last Sunday’s episode, Gries mocked a female black contestant, adopting a stereotypical black accent. She has also been shown mocking Asian accents, telling a Asian houseguest that she should “shut up and go make some rice.”
“Big Brother” host Julie Chen has lashed out at Gries and fellow houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman, who has made similar remarks against minorities.
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