'Big Brother's' Julie Chen: Aaryn Gries is ignorant, young and immature
After airing that clip for the studio audience, "Big Brother" host Julie Chen says, "My heart is pounding. Am I the only one who feels so enraged? This is the third time I've watched that clip, and it does not get any easier. I think it shows us all that in 2013, race is still a deeply, deeply personal issue and it is so extremely hurtful. And unless you have ever been on the receiving issue end of it, you simply do not know what it's like to walk a mile in someone's shoes."
"Aaryn, in my opinion, has no clue what it's like to be on the receiving end," Chen adds. "I think she's ignorant, I think she's young, and I think she's immature. I hope she watches that and is as appalled as we all are."
The "Talk" co-hosts voiced opinions that she probably won't be and Aisha Tyler says that Aaryn has no idea what is awaiting her outside the house, like losing her modeling contract and being removed from representing a petite modeling search contest.
Twitter is a-buzz with calls to boot Aaryn off the show (or to boycott "Big Brother"). We've addressed that here, but we'll reiterate -- boycotting is not the answer if you are a "Big Brother" fan, and booting a contestant for their speech, no matter how hateful, flies in the face of everything "Big Brother" is about.
CBS has gone out of its way to make it clear it does not condone her comments (not that anyone should think all reality show contestants speak for the network they are on).
But certainly someone should not be booted from the show for saying something offensive -- those aren't the rules. Aaryn is playing a game and is free to espouse whatever views she likes. If you don't like it, don't watch. Nobody's forcing you, and Aaryn will feel plenty of heat about this when she gets evicted from the house.
Finally -- if CBS booted every reality contestant over the years who has said something offensive, we would have no more shows like "Big Brother."