On Thursday night’s live eviction on the CBS reality competition “Big Brother” one of the houseguests now infamous for her racist and homophobic comments which prompted the Eye network to post a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode was evict by a unanimous vote. 22 year old Aaryn Gries walked out of the Big Brother house to a studio filled with an unsympathetic audience. As she walked out to greet host Julie Chen she was booed and a faint heckle could be heard from one member of the audience. Aaryn was completely unaware of the controversy that arose from her comments on the “big Brother” 24/7 feeds.
When Julie greeted Aaryn she said, “We have a lot to talk about including the mixed reception you just got.” The show which usually cuts away from the evicted houseguest and eavesdrop on the remaining players inside the house to see their reaction to the latest eviction didn’t happen. Instead Julie used the time to talk about game play and confront Aaryn about her insensitive and bigoted comments.
Julie brings up Aaryn’s comment by first pointing out that everything the houseguests do and say is recorded and seen 24 hours a day. Julie told Aaryn,
In the early days of this game you said some pretty harsh things about your fellow housemates. Amanda even tried to warn you, give you heads up, that some of your words… others were interpreting as being racist. How do you respond to that?
Aaryn responded by saying the she’s from the south saying,
Being Southern is a stereotype and I have said some things that have been taken completely out of context and wrong, and I do not mean to ever come off 'racist'... I… that's not me, and I apologize to anyone I've offended for that.
Julie then listed some of the things Aaryn said about Candice, Helen and Andy. The audience was clearly ramping up the vibe awaiting Aaryn’s response. Julie asked if she understood how her comments could be interpreted as racist, and as homophobic Aaryn replied,
I do, but I do not remember saying those things.
The audience reacted in disbelief, clearly not buying Aaryn’s explanation. She went on to say,
That wasn’t meant to be serious and if I said those things… I feel horrible for that; I regret that. I don't even know what else to say about that. But I'm not...
Julie offered Aaryn a way to mitigate some of the damage she caused to her reputation by asking if living in the “Big Brother” house had taught her anything about herself. Aaryn seem to have missed the mark a bit. She said that she learned a lot about life in general but didn’t have an eye opening great for television realization that she may be prejudice. Instead she said that she learned a lot from people in the house and that she was great friends with Andy and loved Helen and how hurt she was that she was seen as racist. She did however blame Texas for why she made her comments and that they weren’t meant to be hurtful to anyone.
Julie told her that after she watches the over 70 days of footage, she will probably have a different perspective on things. It probably won’t be until after September 18 before she’ll get a chance to find out about how her comments caused firestorm on the internet or that her modeling agency dropped her as a client. It has been reported that Aaryn’s family have hired a PR expert to help manage some of the fallout from her stint on the show. “Big Brother” airs Sundays and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and the live show airs Thursday at 9 p.m. in Atlanta on WGCL-TV, Comcast channels 9/809 and AT&T U-Verse channels 46/1046. Check your local listings for specific channel information for your area.