CBS’s Big Brother has been a summer tradition since 2000. Now in its 15th season, the reality show has seen its fair share of inappropriate behavior over the years, including violent threats and actions that have gotten a few contestants kicked out, and a number of contestants saying racist, sexist, homophobic and otherwise inappropriate things.
The sheer volume of prejudice coming out of the mouths of the current cast has made them noteworthy, however. Whereas in past seasons, it might be one or two “bad apples” spewing a few tasteless, offensive comments, this season at least half of the 16 houseguests have managed to expose themselves as bigots. A few highlights (?):
- Aaryn Gries, who is the only houseguest whose comments have aired on the show (Big Brother has a history of ignoring these controversies on the edited shows), has been one of the worst offenders. She has mocked contestant Helen Kim behind her back, saying she should, “go make some rice” as well as imitating the accents of Asian nail salon workers. She referred to houseguest Andy, who is gay, as “that queer.” She warned another houseguest to be careful what she said in the dark, because “you might not be able to see the bitch” (in reference to houseguest Candice, who is black).
- GinaMarie Zimmerman made a reference to “nigger insurance” (which, what is that, even?). She also insulted Helen by saying that she should be “kissing our ass and serving us some fucking rice.” She also said, “you know two blacks stick together. They’re like tokens.”
- Jeremy McGuire constantly refers to women as “bitches” and “c-nts”. He apparently called Helen (maybe to her face? I wasn’t clear on that) “the H-bomb”, and then later explained to Spencer that he was referring to Hiroshima and wondered if Helen was offended (for the record, Helen is Korean). He’s also used the word “faggot” and allegedly said “kike” numerous times.
- Spencer Clawson praised Hitler’s oratory abilities and spoke of the beneficial results of torturous medical experiments conducted by Nazi doctors. He also often speaks in a derogatory manner to Andy, once referring to him as “Kermit the fag” to his face. He also frequently calls women “c-nts.” In reference to Candice, he said “She doesn’t have any merits to be here. They had to have a black chick.”
- David Girton said that the sheets on one of the beds smelled bad because “black Candice” slept on them, then immediately acknowledged, “that was totally racist.” He’s since publicly apologized (David was the first person evicted from the Big Brother house).
- Amanda Zuckerman called Andy “Faggoty Ann” and refused to apologize for it when another houseguest, McCrae, called her out on it. (Though Amanda herself has expressed disgust over some of Aaryn’s worst behavior, and in fact tried to talk to Aaryn about it. Aaryn got offended, and said that people make jokes about blond women – she’s blond – so it’s okay for her to say racist, awful things nearly every hour of the day.) She also referenced “the fucking Chinamen”, apparently in reference to Helen – when told that Helen is Korean, her response was “same thing”.
- Kaitlin Barnaby said that she likes gay people but they’re “untrustworthy in a game like this.”
- Jessie Kowalski made this comment: “I think Amanda has a lot of money; she’s Jewish. I know it’s a stereotype but what Jew do you know isn’t loaded?
Honestly, these comments just comprise the tip of the iceberg – Aaryn, GinaMarie, Jeremy and Spencer rarely go more than few hours at most without saying something offensive. The hate spewing from many of these houseguests’ mouths has made an annual exercise in light summer entertainment into something considerably darker.
Jennie has contributed to Imperfect Women since its inception in 2009. She writes about politics, celebrity news, and anything else that catches her interest.