Big Brother Airs Derogatory Comments On CBS, At Least One Houseguest Loses Job [Video]
Big Brother 15 houseguests have been in the Big Brother house for less than two weeks. Sadly, the house has been filled with derogatory comments in that short time.
On Sunday night, CBS aired some of those derogatory comments along with some of the Big Brother houseguests' reaction to them.
The derogatory comments have drawn a lot of attention. So did CBS's decision to ignore the comments by not airing them.
Many felt that by not airing the comments CBS was not accurately portraying those on the show and missing an opportunity to fight back against such hateful language.
CBS issued a statement on July 2, but it wasn't enough. On Sunday night, Big Brother finally aired some of the comments and reaction from houseguests.
Why air the comments now? Julie Chen, host of Big Brother, explained Monday afternoon on The Talk:
CBS and Big Brother showed it because it is now driving the story. It is now effecting how the other players want to see her (Aaryn) gone.
Chen also talked about her reaction to the anti-Asian comments:
It stung. I took it personally. ...it took me back to the 70's when I was growing up in Queens and when I was 7-years-old getting bullied.
A combination of public pressure and the sudden power of Aaryn in the Big Brother house as the current "Head of Household" likely influenced the decision as well.
The houseguests' employers are watching...and aren't impressed.
Big Brother houseguest Spencer Clawson has made inappropriate comments. He is an employee of Union Pacific. Union Pacific issued the following statement:
The values represented by Spencer Clawson's comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific's values. Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments.
Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.
Big Brother houseguest Aaryn has lost her job as a model because of her derogatory comments. Zephyr Talent issued this statement:
Zephyr Talent appreciates the overwhelming support of our difficult decision to release Aaryn Elizabeth Gries from her contract. We wish Aaryn the best of luck in her future endeavors, and recognize that while not everyone will support our decision, we feel that this is in the best interest of our other clients and our company.
Zephyr Talent fully supports free speech, but we also know that free speech does not mean free of consequences. Zephyr Talent, as a company, has always and will continue to be strong supporters of the LGBT community, and we celebrate all races, religions and cultures. While we disagree with Aaryn’s statements, we defend her right to make them; however, due to their direct conflict with many of the values we hold at Zephyr, we cannot continue to allow her to represent our company, nor do we feel comfortable representing her. We feel certain that there will be other agencies which will have no conflict representing her, and wish her nothing but the best.
Hiding these comments does nothing for anyone. CBS's decision to air the comments will allow some to learn and grow as they see the hurt that these words can cause. It will allow some good to come from the negative atmosphere which remains in the Big Brother house.