Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Talent agency releases Aaryn Gries after racist, homophobic 'Big Brother' remarks

Aaryn Gries has become the Paula Deen of reality TV, with racist and homophobic comments -- that were seen on the show, "Big Brother," landing her in hot water. On Wednesday,  the modeling agency Zephyr Talent, which is based in Austin, Texas, cut ties with her.

The comments were broadcast online via continuous live feeds at CBS.com.

Gries reportedly made derogatory comments about multiple houseguests on the 24-hour live stream. In one case, she told an Asian-American contestant to “shut up and go make some rice.” Another anti-Asian reference: "She is the first Asian I know who doesn't do nails."

In another incident, she referred to a gay contestant as a "queer."

She also referred to an African-American cast member by saying “Be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that b-tch.” In another case, Gries said "They (referring to two African-American contestants) are going to stick together because of the black thing."

In a statement, Zephyr Talent said:
Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone.

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.
The furor has spread online, from whence it came. On Monday, Ed King of West Hollywood submitted a petition on Change.org asking CBS to boot Gries from the show. It had gathered close to 4,000 signatures as of mid-Thursday morning, Pacific time. Several signees posted comments on the page explaining why they signed.

Tim Granahan said:
As a white man I feel it is important to stand up to bigots like Aaryn. Silence is acceptance CBS. Do the right thing and get this bigot of TV. If not I will have no choice to believe that CBS is an active partner in perpetuating racism and bigotry by providing a platform for it to be promoted world wide.
Referring to the Paula Deen case, Dianna Jamie said:
If Paula Deen made a racist remark 36 yeaaars (sic) ago and not on TV and looses (sic) her job her restaurants her endorsements etc this girl should not be allowed to stay on the show!

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