The Big Brother house has been full of racism, misogyny and homophobia to outstanding degrees this season, and the one houseguest who could probably be seen as the ringleader of this bullshit is definitely Aaryn Gries. A 22-year-old Texan model, Aaryn thought it was totally fine to refer to Andy, the gay housemate, as “that queer”, claim that you wouldn’t be able to see black houseguest Candice in the dark because of her colour and all other kinds of fuckery that’s not even worth repeating. She’s a horrendous human being, full stop, and while CBS may not have done anything, it’s glad to see there have been some real world consequences for her awfulness.
There has been a bit of justice, though – Aaryn was finally evicted from the house last Thursday (during Elissa’s HoH week, which was a sweet twist) and Julie Chen grilled her ass in the post-elimination interview, during which Aaryn smirked when being read back some of her terrible comments and then claimed that she “didn’t remember” saying most of them and she really loves everyone. Yeah, okay.
Now, Aaryn’s own mother, Elizabeth Owens, has spoken out about her daughter in what’s meant to be a statement of support and encouragement of understanding. From The Los Angeles Times:
“While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on ‘Big Brother,’” Owens wrote. “These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her. Aaryn is a young 22-year-old college student that has spent 70 days living in a fish bowl and making mistakes for America to see.”
Sorry, but I don’t consider hate speech a “mistake” – she showed her true, nasty colours and got called out for it, and I hope she a) watches all the footage back and realises what a horrible human being she is and b) makes a change.