"This season some viewers have complained that Aaryn Gries, one of the competitors on the show, has made offensive statements about blacks, gays and women during the live feed.
Some subscribers have expressed outrage, including season 12 “Big Brother” competitor Ragan Fox, who has penned an open letter on his blog to CBS. Fox wants CBS to show more so that viewers can get a sense of what the competitors are really like. “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?” Fox’s blog reads.
More than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking CBS to remove Gries. “Racism and Homophobia shouldn’t be allowed while competing in a TV show that streams live 24 hours a day,” the petition reads.
In the wake of the petition, Zephy Talent, the agency that represents Gries, has dropped the 22-year-old.
“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. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by Aaryn, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are hers alone and do not represent the views or opinions of Zephyr Talent. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent,”
Sorry Aaryn, I personally hope that you get to stay. The viewers and other cast members should learn to understand the true meaning of reality.
Of course, if you believe the conservative leaning Rasmussen people (the ones who picked Mitt Romney to win it all), the reality for most people in the majority population these days is that black folks are the ones with racism issues. Go figure.
"A poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen found African-Americans are more likely to be viewed as racist than whites.
Thirty-seven percent of poll respondents said "most black Americans" are racist, compared to just 15 percent who said most whites are racist and 18 percent who said most Hispanics are racist.
Black respondents ranked their own demographic as more likely to be racist. Thirty-one percent of African-Americans said most blacks are racist, according to the polling organization, while only 24 percent of those respondents said most whites are racist.
"There is a huge ideological difference on this topic," Rasmussen noted in a release accompanying the poll. "Among conservative Americans, 49 [percent] consider most blacks racist, and only 12 [percent] see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27 [percent] see most white Americans as racist, and 21 [percent] say the same about black Americans."
Eugene Puryear, a national organizer for the ANSWER Coalition – an activist group whose acronym stands for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism – thinks some Americans misunderstand the issue.
"Oftentimes the assertiveness of African-Americans is seen as reverse racism," Puryear told U.S. News. "The fact of the matter is personal hatred isn't really the issue; the issue of racism is about poverty and inequality." [Source]
I never knew that I would live to see the day when whites would play the victim card as much as they do now. Especially white folks on the right. They have essentially flipped the script on this whole racism discussion.
Now it's the poor white folks who have to tolerate blacks exercising black privilege and using their power as a race to exert control over everything from money to politics.
But wait.....I must be missing something here, because the last time I checked white folks were doing alright. So why now? Where did this strain of victim hood come from all of a sudden? I suspect that it has something to do with that Obama fellow. The imagery of seeing a black man as the most powerful person on earth is enough to change perceptions. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard or read the following: "How could America be racist against blacks ? We have a black president for crying out loud!"
dave 2 hours ago
Dave, if you think it's bad now, just wait until after the verdict in the trial of a certain vigilante down in Florida.