CBS and Julie Chen Starting to Reveal BIG BROTHER Aaryn’s True Colors — Is It Enough?


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I’ve made my feelings about Big Brother houseguest Aaryn Gries pretty clear — in fact, I’ve called her evil and referred to her as “the devil incarnate.” You can read that post here.

It seems the blonde mean girl’s racist and homophobic comments have gotten so egregious, and have been so relentless, that even the usually neutral CBS and Big Brother host Julie Chen have started to reveal their feelings about Aaryn’s behavior. And it’s about damn time. The question is — is it enough?

On last night’s episode, Julie pointedly noted, “As you know, you are all watched and heard 24/7 in there.” Though it was in the guise of her usual live episode questioning, it was undoubtedly a nod to the online discussion happening around Aaryn’s racist comments. I, and others, have been baffled by the fact that Aaryn is able to says the things she says with such blatant disregard for how America must be perceiving her. (Or, for that matter, her employer — she has lost her job in the outside world, after all.)

Julie threw a question to Amanda about whether the houseguests ever forget they are being recorded, but then very deliberately posed the same question to Aaryn. Aaryn’s typically ridiculous response was, “I don’t forget, I’m just a very open person, so everyone who’s here knows a lot about me, and so does America now.”

There was then a full 3 seconds of silence. That is a lot of time in live television.

And then Julie said, “Yes. We all do.”


Immediately following that questioning, Julie turned to a taped segment in which the houseguests discussed Aaryn’s racist remarks, and Amanda tried to talk to Aaryn about how her comments were being perceived. Aaryn responded, “That’s the most obnoxious, annoying thing I’ve ever heard…I’m not even gonna acknowledge it, because it’s the biggest joke. I really just think that it’s the most immature thing ever. They call me Barbie and all sorts of —- about me being blonde all the time, so what’s the difference? I wish that I cared more about this, but I don’t…”

Amanda then said, “She’s not remorseful, she didn’t want to apologize, and that just kind of shows her character.”

Cut to Julie, who somberly said, “Stay with us.”

That may be as close as CBS is going to get to commenting directly on the situation. They let Amanda’s words speak for them. And Amanda’s words were a pretty strong indictment of who Aaryn is.

While Julie’s job as host of the show is to remain, in some ways, objective, she did say this past week on her morning show The Talk that she took Aaryn’s comments, particularly the ones about Asian-Americans, personally. Who can blame her? It must be difficult to approach Aaryn as she would any other houseguest when she is very aware of the things that have come out of her mouth. It will be fascinating to see what happens when Aaryn finally gets evicted from the show, and she sits across from Julie for her exit interview.

Do you think CBS and Julie Chen are doing the right thing by starting to show more of Aaryn’s comments on the televised broadcasts? Should they be showing even more of her racist comments? Should they go a step further and actually kick her off the show? Will they at least interview her parents or people who know her from real life on a future live episode, as they often do, so we can see how she turned out to be the soulless creature she is?

Let me know what you think.

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7 Responses to CBS and Julie Chen Starting to Reveal BIG BROTHER Aaryn’s True Colors — Is It Enough?

  1. CBS has every right to continue going forward with the season. Sure, there’s a lot of ugliness in that house right now, but there’s a lot of ugliness in society. Kicking Aaryn out of BB won’t make that disappear. We should be seeing it if that’s what’s happening inside the house. I wrote a blog about it too and have some additional thoughts here –>

  2. coconutspeak says:

    I agree with the previous comment. I am Hispanic and have experiences racism far too many times. The BB House is indeed a social experiment that will show the consequences of such behavior and evil dogma. This girl and others will learn that your character matters in today’s society. She needs to learn the hard way and she will. She’s already lost her job (as well as Gina Marie).

  3. Ada says:

    I would like to see her get evicted by Big Brother just based on the fact that someone who has an ugly a soul as that should not get the 15 minutes of fame prolonged so she can keep denigrating entire cultures on national TV. As an Asian, I find it so hard to stomach watching my television when BB cuts to a shot of her. It’s absolutely disgusting how this girl can have no cares as to who she hurts with her words and actions. Worst player to have been chosen for the show ever. She, GinaMarie, Jeremy and Kaitlin are just horrific.

  4. I agree that Aaryn should not be thrown off the show. The players should come to that decision on their own. Unfortunetly, this is a show in which your character can not be easily disguised. Racism is alive and is everywhere. I understand that being evicted from the show for PHYSICAL behavior is necessary, of course. We are adults and surely as adults, we know that racism exists. Although it is very difficult to watch it play out, and hearing those remarks are very painful to those that they are directed towards, let’s not be naive as if we are all shocked that this is a part of who someone is. She WILL suffer consequences for her behavior, as I’ve heard she already has. I do hope that it is made know, LOUD AND CLEAR, when she is evicted by her fellow house guests that this IS the reason why they evicted her!!! I have to add that I didn’t like her from the beginning, even before she started with her racial comments, because she was so infatuated with David, the surfer guy. He is a twenty something adult, still living at home, and only works a seasonal job and collects unemployment most of the year! He lives off of hard working tax payers. Obviously doesn’t have much of an education by the looks of how he played the game in which you were required to spell words. So sad!

  5. Gia says:

    Aaryn should be evicted from the show. If anything, to show that her actions and words are not tollerated. Hopefully, when she is evicted, Julie Chen will read to her America’s comments, then procede to tell her she’s been fired from her job. Very harsh, but she’s made her bed…….now she will have to lie in it! (Instead of throwing someone else’s mattress off of their bed). wink wink.

  6. I believe that Aaryn will keep on doing what she says because she has no idea that it hurts people.
    She in for a big shock when she gets out of the BB house when people turn on her for all her remarks.

  7. I also agree with what Gia said in her comments.

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