Houseguests Behaving Badly: Big Brother Fallout

Zephyr Talent Reality TV Racial Slurs Rachel Reilly Houseguests Homophobia Epithets Elissa Reilly CBS Brendon Villegas Big Brother Aaryn Gries It seems everyone is outraged by the racist and homophobic language from this new breed of Big Brother houseguests. Everyone, that is, but the folks at host network CBS, who seem to take a laissez faire approach to the slurs and told TMZ, “We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live internet feed to be offensive,” and went on to say that the 24-hour feed can sometimes expose unpleasantries among the guests and “at times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.” And? And nothing.

One bright spot, though, is that the show’s apparent worst offender, Aaryn Gries, the Paula Deen of the contestants, has been dropped by her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas, after referring to the gay houseguest as a “queer,” telling an Asian-American houseguest to “shut up and go and make some rice,” racist remarks about African-Americans, etc. “We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live internet feed to be offensive,” said the agency. “Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.” (Doesn’t the name Aaryn look and sound a bit… Aryan?)

Meanwhile, Rachel Reilly, who was the Big Brother winner in 2011 and whose sister Elissa is a controversial  houseguest this season, is upset by the racist and homophobic comments in the house. She and husband Brendon Villegas, whom you’ll remember she met and fell in love with on Big Brother and has since married, say, “Being former houseguests, we understand how people can turn on each other, but the offensive things that Aaryn, GinaMarie, Katlin, Spencer, and Jeremy say disgust us, and make us sick to our stomachs.” Developing? (via TMZ; photo: CBS)

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