CBS distances itself from offensive ‘Big Brother’ comments
The cast members of CBS’ hit reality series “Big Brother” raised eyebrows this week with offensive comments carried over the show’s live-streaming Internet feed. And now the network is moving to distance itself from those comments.
In a statement released Tuesday, CBS said, “‘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. 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.”
Cast member Aaryn Gries, a university student from Texas, has come under particular scrutiny for her disparaging remarks about a gay housemate and telling an Asian American housemate to “Shut up and go make some rice.”
Other comments were made about African American members of the house during a conversation between Aaryn, GinaMarie and Kaitlyn.
Meanwhile, Aaryn has reportedly been dropped by her Texas-based modeling agency after her decidedly un-pretty comments received national attention. TMZ carried a statement from the agency, Zephyr Talent, here.
Aaryn is currently still in the house, which means she’ll have a whole lot of bad news awaiting her when (or if) she’s eventually booted out.
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