For the past week, inappropriate comments made by several of the Big Brother 15 houseguests have dominated headlines. Fans outraged by the dialogue in the house criticized the show for not showing the true colors of the offending players. Four episodes aired without a mention of any of the racist, homophobic, misogynist or anti-Semitic comments. That is until Sunday night’s episode.
Whether the criticism became too deafening for CBS to ignore, the show finally aired a few of the “gems” spewed by Aaryn Gries, by far the worst of the bunch. During today’s episode of The Talk, Julie Chen addressed Gries’ comments.
“You’ve seen me make jokes about being Asian-American … but I’m Asian and it’s always in good fun,” says Chen. “Those things, in my opinion, watching her say, ‘Go make a bowl of rice,’ it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean.”
Chen also commented on the producers’ decision to air them. She points out that the show did not finally choose to air the comments because it was time to “judge” the houseguests but rather because they are now affecting the game-play in the house.
“CBS and ‘Big Brother’ showed it because it is now driving a story, it’s now affecting how the other players want to see her gone. If it didn’t drive story and it didn’t have a dynamic on what it is to the elements of the game, it maybe wouldn’t — you can’t just put it in there and say, ‘Judge her, everybody,’” – Julie Chen
While Aaryn finally got exposed on national television, the others were given a pass. GinaMarie briefly was shown, but what about Spencer’s anti-Semitic views or Jeremy’s extremely misogynist comments? Hopefully, they all get their time in the spotlight as well. Check out Aaryn’s lowlight reel below.
Are you happy that Big Brother finally showed Aaryn’s comments? Do you think it’s because of Chen’s claims that it now affects gameplay? Who are you rooting for? Sound off below.