The Internet is abuzz with indignation over a series of ill-advised statements made by a 22-year-old Texas State psychology student in Sunday’s episode of “Big Brother,” the long-running CBS reality show.
The season’s fifth episode started off with a montage of comments by San Angelo native Aaryn Gries, most of them directed at Asians. She tells a fellow houseguest that contestant Helen Kim should “go make some rice” and later tells another counterpart that “I probably look like a squinty Asian right now.” She is also shown impersonating an Asian nail salon worker with a clipped faux-Vietnamese accent.
Earlier in the season, she called a gay housemate “queer.”
Austin-based Zephyr Talent said in a July 3 statement — after her comments were heard in the 24-hour live feed of the Big Brother house — that it was canceling Gries’ modeling contract because her comments “revealed prejudices and other believes that we do not condone.”
“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,” someone posted on the agency’s Facebook page.
Gries presumably doesn’t know that her stock has taken a dive since cast members are supposed to be cut off from all communication with the outside world. In her profile on the show’s website, she says she expects the experience to put “my dreams on fast-track.”
”I think I will go into the game with the same mentality I go into life: only focusing on myself and what I need to do to make it through,” Gries is quoted as saying in the profile. She also says she intends to use her psychology training to win the game.
Watch Gries in action in this clip:
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