I hope you’ve been following this Big Brother racism controversy as closely as I have, because it’s just at the brink of getting really good. I mean the content of the things this girl Aaryn Gries is saying is terrible, don’t get me wrong…but we’re getting to my favorite part of any racism controversy: the lame excuses.
So Aaryn Gries. She was on Big Brother this season, and she said a lot of pretty rough things about a few of her fellow housemates. She’s targeted the homosexual and Asian-American cast members as well, but the comment I want to focus on today was about her African-American housemate, Candice, about whom she said, ““Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see the bitch.” Clearly racist, and definitely happened, because these people were being filmed 24/7, and her remarks are recorded on video. So, it’s real.
And so was the public’s indignation…but Aaryn had no inkling of that, because she was still in the BB house. She didn’t get a feel for the backlash until her eviction last week, at which she was interviewed by Julie Chen and booed by the studio audience. (Side note: she still doesn’t know she’s lost her job due to her comments, since she’s currently sequestered in the show’s jury house.)
[UPDATE: Want to watch the moment Aaryn first hears she lost her job? (Yes. You do.)]
At that point, she claimed a variety of excuses, including: she didn’t remember saying it, she loved Candice, and that’s just how people from Texas talk. All of which were pretty much on the same level with her previous excuse, which was that her remarks were okay because the other housemates called Aaryn ‘Barbie’. Because that’s the same thing.
But guys! I was totally wrong about her! I’m so sorry! She’s clearly not racist, because she was photographed with a real live black guy! Look! A man who goes by @BigNeechi on Twitter posted some photos back in July that are just being discovered now, that picture the two of them together. According to him, they know each other from college in Texas, and even though they didn’t date, they were Valentines this year…whatever that means.
Oh man, you guys, I don’t know how I made this mistake! Not only do they know each other, but they were actually Valentines this year! I must have totally forgotten to use my decoder ring on all her comments, because I completely misheard them! Everyone knows the minute that you know one person of African-American descent, you can never be considered racist again. And if you get a photo with them, your name automatically gets submitted for humanitarian awards all over the country, and even the Nobel Peace Prize! Silly old me.