One of the contestants, Aaryn Gries (pictured above), has been dropped by her modeling agency after her racist and homophobic comments hit the Internet. Among the comments made by the 22-year-old was a warning to her fellow houseguests that they need to be careful of black contestant Candice because they “might not be able to see the b**ch” in the dark, and that Asian contender Helen should “go make some rice.” She also said of Helen, “she is the first Asian I know that doesn’t do nails.” Additionally, Aaryn suggested that gay houseguest Andy’s nominations would be irrelevant because “no-one’s going to vote for whoever that queer puts up.”
Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas has now decided to drop Aaryn from their books following the controversy, TMZ reports.
“Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone,” the agency said. “We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.”
A petition at change.org has started to get Aaryn kicked off of the show. Other contestants who have been criticized for making racist or homophobic comments include GinaMarie Zimmerman, Spencer Clawson and David Girton.
“Big Brother” airs 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays on CBS. Tonight’s episode will mark the season’s first live eviction. Beginning July 11, “Big Brother” evictions will air live at 8 p.m. Thursdays.