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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