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Julie Chen Grills Evicted 'Big Brother' Contestant Aaryn Gries for Homophobic and Racist Slurs: VIDEO

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Last night's episode of Big Brother saw 22-year-old Texas college student Aaryn Gries evicted from the house in a unanimous vote. While a formidable competitor in physical challenges, Gries's gameplay was overshadowed by the racist and homophobic comments she made earlier this season that were recorded on the show's live feeds.

Gries's ousting from the house (accompanied by a chilly reception from the studio audience) finally allowed her to face some of the consequences of her game talk. And while Gries initially attempted to sweep the issue under the rug by saying her comments were "taken completely out of context," host Julie Chen pulled no punches in grilling Gries during the exit interview.


Screen Shot 2013-08-30 at 1.31.46 PMCHEN: "We want to point out everyone in the house went in knowing that everything they say, everything they do gets broadcast live on the internet. So when you say the intention was not to hurt anyone, let me just read back some of the things you said. Referring to [African-American contestant] Candice, you said 'Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not see the b*tch.' Referring to [Asian-American contestant] Helen, you said 'Shut up, go make some rice.' Referring to [openly gay contestant] Andy, you said "No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up." Can you see how those things could be interpreted as racist and as homophobic?"

GRIES: "I do, but I do not remember saying those things [audience laughs]. And those things were not meant to be serious and if I said those things I feel horrible for that and I regret that. I don't even know what else to say about that...

Towards the end of the interview, however, Gries seems to finally understand the gravity of her situation:

"I honestly feel horrible. I feel like, in Texas we say things that are, sometimes we joke and we don't mean it and I really feel bad that this is how its being seen and how I've come across to people. I don't want to seem like that person and I really do respect everyone in this game although we've had some hard times cause we're all fighting for our lives in the game."

Because Gries is heading to the jury house portion of the game, she was unfortunately not informed of her newly minted unemployment status as a result of the statements.


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  1. Sweetheart, don't play the aw shucks that's how we roll in Texas card here... I'll be the first to admit we (Texans) have our fair share of racist, homophobic idiots (see Perry, et al), but while they (and you) make us look bad, you're not a true representation of most folks around here.

    Posted by: Mike in Houston | Aug 31, 2013 9:12:09 AM

  2. Julie Chen let her off easy.....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 31, 2013 9:37:00 AM

  3. Agree @ankerich Julie Chen let her of soooo easy. I really hated Aaryn. Now I feel sorry for her. She got hit with reality and it needs to be processed. I hope is able to.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 31, 2013 9:47:01 AM

  4. Scripted publicity stunts. Wake up, people. It distracts from real serious issues TPTB don't want discussed and and don't want to answer for.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2013 10:11:52 AM

  5. I think Julie handled the interview well. The girl has lost her job and is a semi-national hate figure. She isn't the only one who made those sorts of comments in the house. And she's very young. If Julie had been any tougher, there'd be complaints she'd bullied the girl, which would make her appear like the victim, when the focus should be on challenging her racist and homophobic comments.

    I guess in online comment world it's atypical for someone to say "I think someone did something right". But there you go. It's a first for the internet.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Aug 31, 2013 10:50:35 AM

  6. Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the stupid.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 31, 2013 10:55:08 AM

  7. No, dear, we don't all just talk that way and joke and don't mean it. There are some that do, and they, like you, are one of the reasons so many think of us as backward bigots.

    Posted by: Rhonda | Aug 31, 2013 11:33:25 AM

  8. Thank you for my first giggle of the morning, Steve. :D

    Posted by: colin | Aug 31, 2013 11:34:26 AM

  9. I don't like how she's being singled out. There were lots of other bad people this season and last season but they mostly show Aaryn's and scapegoat her. I don't like her but she's far from the only one who needs a wake-up call.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 31, 2013 11:37:36 AM

  10. My God, I'm so bored with the .."if I offended anyone......" sh1t.

    Grow a pair.....apologize or STFU.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 31, 2013 12:02:06 PM

  11. "I honestly feel horrible. I feel like, in Texas we say things that are, sometimes we joke"...Nuff said.

    Posted by: sword | Aug 31, 2013 12:29:19 PM

  12. I forgive her. She's been told. She doesn't need to be piled onto by retribution-minded viewers.

    Posted by: will | Aug 31, 2013 12:33:55 PM

  13. So it's not her fault for what she said, it's Texas's fault for having a racist, homophobic climate? I thought conservatives were all for taking responsibility for what you say and do?

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Aug 31, 2013 12:34:52 PM

  14. Maybe she should go back to Texas and try to change that climate.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Aug 31, 2013 12:35:54 PM

  15. No sweetheart, that isn't the way it is in Texas or even in Mississippi. It's the way it is in the groups that YOU hang out with. Racists hang out with racists and homophobes hang out with homophobes; bigots hang out with bigots. They don't hang out with the open minded, intelligent and educated people in Texas. There may be a lot of bigots in Texas but YOU choose the birds that you flock with because they share YOUR feather.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 31, 2013 12:57:13 PM

  16. lmao this was hysterical, Julie's shade was masterful as usual

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 31, 2013 1:13:45 PM

  17. What a bunch of contrived, boring trash.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Aug 31, 2013 1:55:33 PM

  18. She blames the state she was brought up in. BWHWHAHAHAHA! Classic. "I take no responsibility, I was brought up to be a homophobic racists but it's all a joke."

    Poor girl. And sadly so indicitive of so many of the segregated ignorant in this country.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 31, 2013 2:07:23 PM

  19. OMG! I'm sorry! I forgot you out of existence! I totally took you out of context! All the way out and threw you away! Sorry! What?

    Posted by: kodiak | Aug 31, 2013 2:12:31 PM

  20. People that don't watch the show have no room to comment. You are couped up in a 5 room house with 15 other people for 3 months. There is no TV, no internet, no phone. You are trying to garner trust with other players in the game and some people feel the way to do that is to hate on players that another player hates. While some of the racial slurs are over the top, no one is themselves in this game and it is not fair to pass punishment onto somebody when they have no way to even defend themselves. The live feeds are always taken out of context when they are shown on a news program because you are still only hearing a sound bite.

    Posted by: Richard | Aug 31, 2013 4:16:54 PM

  21. lol, even though I don't think too highly of Texas, blaming her state is just another way for Ms. Gries to take personal responsibility for her words and behaviors.........

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 31, 2013 4:55:34 PM

  22. "and if I said those things I feel horrible for that and I regret that"
    God I hate non-apologies. Like, "Sorry if I offended anyone."

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 31, 2013 5:18:28 PM

  23. Fake and trashy.

    Posted by: daws | Aug 31, 2013 6:05:14 PM

  24. Do you people really watch this garbage ?

    Really ?

    I'm SO disappointed.

    Posted by: Buckie | Aug 31, 2013 11:14:13 PM

  25. @richard: "While some of the racial slurs are over the top, no one is themselves in this game..."

    Actually, I think it's just the opposite. Not even the greatest method actor in the world would be able to create and inhabit a character 24/7 for weeks. The racist and homophobic things she said were exactly what she believes.

    More proof: If it all was just an act, wouldn't that have been the first thing she would have said when Julie Chen confronted her?

    Posted by: alex | Aug 31, 2013 11:51:49 PM

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