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04/19/2007


CBS Airs Disclaimer Over Racist, Homophobic Statements from 'Big Brother' Houseguests: VIDEO

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For the first time in 15 seasons, CBS aired a disclaimer before broadcast of Big Brother in response to outrage over racist, homophobic, and other prejudiced remarks by some of the houseguests.

JeremyLast night's episode featured one segment in which Amanda called out Aaryn for her racism, warning that Aaryn was going to be judged by America. The houseguests, of course, have no idea what repercussions their remarks are having in the real world.

A new clip from the live feeds shows BB15 houseguest Howie, who is black, leaving the backyard after Jeremy (right) calls himself "African" because he has flies landing on him while he is eating.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
Big Brother's Aaryn Gries Thinks 'It's a Joke' That People Say She's Racist: VIDEO [tlrd]
Jewish Anti-Defamation League Condemns 'Big Brother' Hate Speech [tlrd]
Julie Chen Says She is 'Offended, Hurt' by Racism, Homophobia on 'BB15': VIDEO [tlrd]
All of Big Brother's Racism and Homophobia in One Video: WATCH [tlrd]

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Big Brother's Aaryn Gries Thinks 'It's a Joke' That People Say She's Racist: VIDEO

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Aaryn Gries, the 22-year-old college student at the epicenter over the controversy over the racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and sexist comments emerging from the show's live feeds, says she doesn't care and thinks it's obnoxious that people are accusing her of racism in a segment aired on the broadcast version last night.

Says Gries when warned that other housemates think her comments are wrong:

"That's the most obnoxious, annoying thing I've ever heard...I'm not even gonna acknowledge it, because it's the biggest joke. I really just think that it's the most immature thing ever. They call me Barbie and all sorts of ---- about me being blonde all the time, so what's the difference? I wish that I cared more about this, but I don't..."

For a sample of the comments, click HERE.

Since the segment aired, another fight erupted in the house after Aaryn mocked the black housemates in a voice TMZ describes as "a callback to a white slavemaster talking to slave on a plantation."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jewish Anti-Defamation League Condemns 'Big Brother' Hate Speech

Abraham H FoxmanCBS's reality show Big Brother likely hasn't had this much attention in years; a shame it's for all the wrong reasons. In a single terrible season, you have racism against blacks and Asians, no small amount of homophobia, and praise for Hitler and hate crimes

Condemnation for the offending contestants has been loud and swift, and has even cost them their jobs once word got out. Meanwhile, fans of gay contestant Andy have set up a fundraising charity to combat homophobia and racism by supporting the Trevor Project.

On July 9th, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League added to the dogpile with an open letter from National Director Abraham H. Foxman to Leslie Moonves, the Chairman of CBS, requesting that the station either remove the contestants from the show, or:

Should you decide to retain them, we suggest that you provide a statement accompanying the feed that not only condemns the hate speech, but states that you are broadcasting it so that viewers will see for themselves how ugly and poisonous such prejudice and bigotry are, and will understand the importance of  standing up to it. 

As of this writing there has been no public response from Mr. Moonves or CBS.


Fans of Gay 'Big Brother' Contestant Andy Herren Fundraise for Charity Against Homophobia, Racism

Andy HerrenChances are that you've already heard about the controversy surrounding certain Big Brother contestants and their bigoted remarks. You may have even seen the video that compiled all of the various bigoted clips into one. 

Now, fans and friends of Andy Herren, an openly gay contestant on Big Brother 15, want to channel the subsequent controversy towards a good cause, and "raise awareness and promote positivity." While Herren himself is unable to contact the outside world, the #FandyNation, have set up Plan G fundraising page, and are using it to raise funds for The Trevor Project. 

"While seeing this negativity in the world can cause additional negative emotions, we see it as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote positivity.Those of us at #FandyNation (fans of Andy) home base fully believe that in the face of prejudice we all have an opportunity to change the message into one that makes a positive impact. That's why we're raising money for a cause we and Andy care about, The Trevor Project."

Their goal is to raise at least $25,000 while the current season of Big Brother airs, as well as to promote #BB15Equality across various social media platforms. Anyone wishing to participate in the campaign can check out their page, or track their hashtag on Twitter.


Julie Chen Says She is 'Offended, Hurt' by Racism, Homophobia on 'Big Brother': VIDEO

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On yesterday's episode of The Talk, Big Brother host Julie Chen discussed the racist, homophobic, sexist remarks that contestants on this year's show have been making.

Watch The Talk clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Chen:

Gries"When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black, and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, you know...the Asian ones hit me the most. I heard about her describing Asians as 'squinty-eyed' and 'go make a bowl of rice.' She said that about Helen, who is Chinese and in the house. It stung. I took it personally. I'm a human being. And the really sad part was, it took me back to the 70's when I was growing up in Queens and when I was 7 years old getting bullied, being called a 'chink', and people pulling their eyes. But it took me back so many years, and I thought to myself, 'Wow, I haven’t heard comments like that' —  year is 2013. And then I felt ignorant. There are still people in the country who feel that way and act that way? Yes there is, yes there is. And afterwards, it just made me sad because she’s 22 and she’s college educated."

Watch a supercut of all the bigoted remarks HERE.

Chen says that CBS aired the remarks because it is now driving a story:

"CBS and Big Brother showed it because it is now driving a story. It is now affecting how the other players want to see her gone. You know, 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, you can’t just put it in there and say, 'Judge her, everybody.' It has to have to do with the game and the rules of the game...She and the other houseguests have no idea that it has made national headlines."

Tmz_chenTMZ caught up with Chen as well, asking her how she felt about the remarks:

"Personally I was offended. I was offended by all the comments - the anti-gay, the anti-black, but especially the anti-Asian ones for obvious reasons. I think she's young. I'm hopeful that when she gets out, she reads the headlines and that 'll force her to change the way she thinks."

TMZ also asked if Aaryn's modeling agency was right to fire her. Responded Chen:

"I don't know anything about the modeling world. I don't know if she's that famous enough that people will associate her face with those comments."

Watch both The Talk and TMZ clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, Spencer Clawson's mom insist he's not a bigot. Spencer has praised Hitler and called the gay contestant "Kermit the fag". Spencer's mom insists his bigotry is inspired by peer pressure:

 "Spencer really is a great guy. This is not a guy that’s a bigot or a racist. And he’s not that way at home. He's a great guy...If you're in a group, you go along with the group talk and that is what is happening with him...This is a reality show. The purpose of the show is scheming behind each other's backs."

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All of Big Brother's Racism and Homophobia in One Video: WATCH

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A Big Brother 15 bigotry supercut. That video I posted earlier of the excerpts CBS chose to air on the version broadcast in prime time was just the tip of the iceberg. All of this is taken from the live internet feeds.

Homophobia begins around 7:00.

Watch (warning: language), AFTER THE JUMP...

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