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  1. DeeVee says

    She had done some bumpers for the show saying “Now that’s good television!” the other week, so I’m sure she felt an extra duty to call out this hateful crap.

  2. ripper says

    Whatever. You can’t be complicit in putting the worst elements of society on television and then profess to be offended that they behaved in exactly the way you intended them to.

  3. Jaysonn says

    Aaryn is not the only one on the show to make these kinds of comments. 2 of the contestants have lost their jobs, because of these statements. They need to show all the comments made.

  4. pedro says

    Why aren’t they blasting the guy who made the “Kermit the fag” comment when the gay contestant wore a green outfit? They are going to single out the dumb racist b*tch from Texas and leave the three to four other racist homophobes alone?

  5. Jack says

    I agree. Part of the game is that America gets to vote on some aspects of the game. Show the players and their true colors.

    I honestly can’t wait to see what happens when these people get voted off. They are under contract to go out and do press after the fact. Can you imagine how uncomfortable those gigs are going to be?

  6. wiredream says

    It’s an execrable show – always has been, always will be. How can we really take Chen as a serious journalist all these years hosting such squalid TV? She’s Maury Povich with a vagina.

  7. Betty Treacle says

    I’m glad CBS are finally dealing with this, although by limiting it to Aaryn, rather than showing how 5-6 other people have been making these sorts of remarks they’re limiting the extent of the problem, and I think it’s a bit unfair that one contestant becomes the focus of all the negative attention. America has a much bigger problem with hatred and bigotry – and this series of BB should be reflecting that.

    The Chenbot is my heroine. And I won’t have any trash talked about her here.

  8. Ted says

    Julie Chen can be offended all she likes. But at the end of the day…EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THIS PLANET IS PREJUDICE to one degree or another. I’m almost sure she has made a derogatory remark about others sometime in her life…she isn’t perfect. As a gay man…I have heard the word “fag” all of my life…I doesn’t offended me. People who are offended…need a reason to be offended.

  9. Jack M says

    Too bad the network isn’t offended enough to announce that Big Brother will not be returning next summer. Money and ratings are always the bottom line.

  10. says

    @Ted

    I’ll agree that everyone across the board has some prejudice whether they wish to admit it or not, but for the most part it goes unseen/unheard. These people knew they’d be filmed pretty much 24/7 and unless they’ve been living under a rock somewhere, know that the majority of people don’t approve of that kind of language. By all means have your prejudices and say what you want but don’t expect everyone to just be passive about it.

    It’s like the Free Speech argument all over again. Whenever someone gets flack for making unsavory comments they try to act like their right to Free Speech is being attacked. What they don’t understand is that it’s a two way street. You can call me a n***er f*g but don’t expect me to not say something back or others to call you out on your bigotry.

  11. Jason says

    @Derrick…LOL. “These people knew they’d be filmed pretty much 24/7 and unless they’ve been living under a rock somewhere, know that the majority of people don’t approve of that kind of language.” OK. If people don’t approve of that kind of language…they shouldn’t use it. But to expect others not to use that kind of language because the major of people don’t approve of it is … idiotic.

  12. Michael says

    I watched the first or two seasons but quickly got over the gay man always being portrayed as flamboyant and unattractive while the straight people are buff and beautiful. Since I don’t have cable I tuned in this season and am glad I did. It’s good to see Karma playing the game this season but what did CBS expect when they play up stereotypes as often as possible?

    Can’t wait for the exit interviews. Hopefully CBS doesn’t gloss over it.

    Also, Aaryn cheated while playing yhe HOH competition yet CBS ignored it….

  13. Chris in Irvine says

    I hope that when Aaryn and the Ginamarie are expelled, Julie Chen asks them SPECIFICALLY about their racist/homophobic comments…on LIVE TV

  14. bandanajack says

    i’m kind of astonished that no commenter thus far has felt the need to point out that chen didn’t find the crass comments offensive until they hit the asian slams. there have been anti gay and anti black comments for years, but it takes a direct hit for some of these people to realize its wrong. empathy, people, empathy. without it you are soulless.

  15. walter says

    sorry to hell with the show why allow this to continue and reward with air time fire the offenders and kick them to the curb and if they can’t cbs should cancel the season. but controversy makes good television good television makes good ratings good ratings make big bucks. cbs needs to decide the money or the ethics

  16. shibby says

    The rice comment (and the others) was offensive because it was intended to be derogatory. This wasn’t a discussion about the culinary equipment in various households or even a case of taking playful jabs at each other. This was about “How can I hurt this person or put them down?” It’s also a stereotype despite the comments to the contrary. Do people not understand what the word means?

  17. GregV says

    I find it interesting that some people, like Julie, are more offended by relatively innocuous comments like “go make a bowl of rice” directed at her own minority group than by the far uglier comments (like Spencer saying he wishes Andy would be a victim of an anti-gay hate crime) directed against gay “houseguests” and, indeed, against gay people every day struggling to survive in societies from Alabama to Uganda.

    If all we gay people had to deal with was people saying, “Oh, go drink a latte,” I would that the struggle agsinst bigotry as we know it would be essentially over.

  18. Wildgate says

    My things is why haven’t the sponsors of this show called upon CBS to do something about it. I wouldn’t think they would want their products associated with such blatant bigotry. And its not just Aaryn that is doing it. I seems to be at least 5 or 6 others doing these racist, women degrading comments, along with homophobia. We should be outraged with CBS for allowing this to go on.

  19. David Chen says

    @Sam – Really? Pretty much everyone eats rice! Her comment was insulting and I’m willing to bet that you’ve made a few yourself without care or concern. Would it have been ok if a Native American contestant said to a Caucasian contestant. Go steal someones land” Because we all know the history of America. It was founded by proven bullies, thieves rapists, murderers and racists.” I mean History will back this up, so does it hold true for you or your family? Do you see where I’m going with this?

  20. Bellah says

    Julie Chen was “surprised” oh thats right she isnt living in the real world where as a woman of color who is percieved to be gay, who is overweight who is lightskinned and percieved to be white and is married to a black man sees and hears and experiences bigotry every day of my life

  21. Michael says

    Yeah, it’s pretty outlandish she’s more affected by a rice comment than that of one wishing another would be a victim and killed via a hate crime.

  22. Mike Ryan says

    My best friends are a married same-sex couple and they have a six year old son. We were out to dinner one night and a table of tourists close enough snickered loudly over the fact that we were gay and made a brutal fag remark aimed at the boy. That threw my friend out of his chair hopping mad. The guy was furious. He lit into the women who made the fag remark and the place went silent expecting a full physical fight to break out by the other three men accompanying the women.

    The four were smug and sat speechless looking around and seeing the disdain of the other patrons. “Sorry, she didn’t mean it the way it came out…” said one of the guys but that didn’t stop my friend and his tirade went on even longer. Everyone had put down their glasses, knives and forks in anticipation and a few low voices were telling them they should go. Finally the hostess came over and asked the four to leave.

    The heart-breaking part was look on the face of their son, whom I consider a nephew. I knew his Dads could deal with it but the little boy’s eyes, even at 6, were on the brink of tears. He was afraid for his parents.

  23. Chitown kev says

    I’m black and to this day I have relatives that will not put a full course meal on a table that doesn’t include rice.

    and yes, that includes breakfast.

    And my personal favorite is rice for breakfast( with biscuits, eggs, and salmon croquettes).

    Just an FYI.

  24. dpbfeb says

    I have to admit that once I’m again I’m shocked. Not by the clip but by the posters here.

    1. Julie Chen is married to the president of CBS I don’t think she gets to make programing decisions.

    2. If you were to hear all of the anti- Asian, Black and Gay comments it would have taken the whole segment.

    3. She’s Asian so the Asian comments are going to hit home more the same way White Gays tend to think racist comments are ok because (add your excuse)

    4. What’s wrong with us. We want everyone to stand up for us and our rights, but I’m sorry let’s take a look at ourselves and see if we’re being good friends to other minorities.

  25. daws says

    Thankfully that other clip came up because they didn’t show everything. It wasn’t just that girl, there were others saying disgusting things. And it wasn’t just homophobic and racist comments, there was also misogynistic ones too.

    I think it’s foul that CBS is just using this to jack up the ratings. Imagine what the backlash will be if one of the racist/homophobic/misogynistic people actually win the show and all that prize money?

  26. Armando says

    These people are playing for money and like all rags to riches stories we want the good people to win. People are being rewarded for essentially being who they are. We don’t want to see people who are racist, bigoted or otherwise unworthy to win.

  27. Chance says

    Are you people really that thick? I’m sure Julie Chen found all of the bigoted comments offensive, but of course the derogatory remarks towards Asians is going to hit closer to home. Duh. She’s Asian. Don’t sit up here and pretend that bigotry and epithets that specifically target people of your ethnic group aren’t especially personal for you.

  28. Harrison says

    Personally I thought the most telling comment was when Julie Chen said that the reason they decided to include the footage on the TV telecast (as opposed to in the 24-hour live feed) was because it was impacting the contestants in their game play, i.e. they might want to vote out this Aaryn girl because she has been so vocal and rude in her comments–regardless of what the other people have said, maybe no one feels as riled up by them as they do with her. This isn’t the first time that someone on Big Brother has been caught saying something dumb but this may be the first time they showed it. A few years back, one of the contestants went on and on about how gay people shouldn’t be allowed to be teachers, I’m sure it was covered on here, but it didn’t make the live show because it wasn’t in line with the “all-American boy” image they had crafted for this contestant.

  29. GregV says

    @dpbfeb: I guess you would label me a “white gay” and no, I don’t think racist comments are fine and I don’t think most others do.

    “Don’t sit up here and pretend that bigotry and epithets that specifically target people of your ethnic group aren’t especially personal for you.”

    @Chance:I actually think that there is probably a tendency smong gay people to stand up for others more so than for ourselves. I know I grew up speaking up when others made anti- black/Jewish/, Native American/etc. comments but I wasn’t as adamant about defending against the comments that hurt me the most and always felt like it should be the duty of heterosexuals to speak up against anti-gay bigotry, and the anti-gay comments were often the worst of the worst.

    My point was that we as gay people are so used to really ugly discrimination that we tend to let more minor annoyances slide right off our backs.
    For example, Julie and Les’ marriage would have been illegal in a lot of states way back in 1967, but gay couples are still fighting for the same rights in largely those same states 46 years later. And horrific anti-gay hate crimes are still happening around the world.
    If I imagine the reverse situation (a Big Brother houseguest wishes a violent hate crime on an Asian and another uses a food stereotype to tell a gay person to “go have brunch,” would I be more upset about the latter because I myself am gay? Not at all. Wishing violence on someone is much more offensive than an innocuous stereotype like that gays eat brunch, Asians eat rice and Englishmen drink tea.

  30. Zeta says

    Whatever. You can’t be complicit in putting the worst elements of society on television and then profess to be offended that they behaved in exactly the way you intended them to.

    Posted by: ripper | Jul 9, 2013 12:35:55 PM

    And that’s all that needs to be said.

  31. Zeta says

    If I imagine the reverse situation (a Big Brother houseguest wishes a violent hate crime on an Asian and another uses a food stereotype to tell a gay person to “go have brunch,” would I be more upset about the latter because I myself am gay? Not at all. Wishing violence on someone is much more offensive than an innocuous stereotype like that gays eat brunch, Asians eat rice and Englishmen drink tea.
    Posted by: GregV | Jul 10, 2013 12:38:46 AM

    Your privilege is showing.

  32. jrbimmer says

    If the “rice” comments are so innocuous, then I dare any of you to go up to a black person and tell them to go cook up some fried chicken.

  33. Tom says

    I find it extremely interesting how so many comments seem to suggest that somehow racial comments are somehow more and less “innocuous” than homophobic ones.

    it just goes to affirm my suspicion that a lot of people in the gay community are only “leaders of social justice” when it comes to an issue that affects them personally.

    guess which ethnic group gets bullied the most? guess what comments they have to hear when they’re getting bullied? no doubt some “innocuous comments about rice”

    and really bringing up Uganda? you people act like Asian people aren’t victims of hate crimes. You act like no one in America has gotten killed or harassed or injured for being Asian.

  34. RN1973 says

    These comments have been made by comedians of all races for years. The difference between them and this show is that the cast of the show say the same things, not for laughs, even though they think they are. Do standup and make fun of your own race too. Laugh about it, ensure you are not going too deep with the comments. We are all different people and I think when Arryn was told by her friend the perception of her in the game b/c of her comments she was so annoyed, that’s shameful. That should have been a wake up call saying ‘We don’t think you’re funny!’, but she just brushed it off. Keep it toned down and humorous. It would have been in her best interest to apologize to the house and to definitely watch ‘how’ she says things moving forward.

  35. SuzieE says

    I feel this way about it. Since Julie Chen’s husband is the President of CBS the right thing to do is expel not only Aaron but the other guilty house guests as well and replace them with people from past shows. That way ratings will still stay up and CBS will look really good. Don’t understand why that hasn’t been done yet?

  36. Scott Houston says

    Julie Chen is the ultimate hypocrite. Tons of plastic surgery to strip away her Asian ethnicity and features in an attempt to be “Americanized” in her looks.

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