Julie Chen: Big Brother Racism Controversy "Stung," Felt "Ugly and Mean-Spirited"

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Big Brother 15 has already been marred by racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs from several cast members on the reality show's live feeds.

The CBS staple actually featured some of Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman's comments in a "Worst Of" compilation during Sunday's episode.

They've both lost their day jobs, unknowingly, while Spencer Clawson may be next. Host Julie Chen spoke out about the scandal Monday on The Talk:

  • Aaryn Gries Bikini Photo
  • Spencer Clawson Big Brother
  • GinaMarie Zimmerman Photo

"I have to be honest, it stung," said Chen of the racist and homophobic remarks. "Those things, in my opinion ... it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean."

"When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most."

"It stung. I took it personally. I’m a human being."

"The really sad part, it took me back to the '70s when I was growing up in Queens and I was 7-years-old getting bullied, being called a chink."

"I thought, 'Wow, I haven't heard comments like that [in years].' The year is 2013. I felt ignorant, there are still people in the country who feel and act that way?"

"Yes there [are]. It made me sad. She’s 22 and she’s college educated."

Prior to actually airing the comments, CBS released a statement addressing the racist and homophobic remarks that have cast a pall over the show:

"Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7, and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, houseguests reveal prejudices and beliefs that we do not condone."

"We certainly find the statements made by several houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive."

"Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a houseguest appearing on Big Brother, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."

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I honestly think cbs/bigbrother do not care about anyone feelings except the big fat pay check you get from ratings..shame shame

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Its hard to watch this younger generation repeat the "sins of the past." As a university professor, its really something out of left field these days, to see such deep seated insensitivity. Just goes to show you that you may get a diploma, but it does not automatically follow that you are then an educated person. JL

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Mean-spirited, huh??? Well...Julie Chen was VERY mean-spirited and didn't act all human when she had BOTH Holly Robinson-Peete and (especially) Leah Remini FIRED from The Talk. Look...I don't mean to be insensitive. I mean...Spencer, GinaMarie and Aaryn are nothing but disrespectful and whack-ass fools. But, however...Julie Chen is not exactly a saint. I'm Just saying..........

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Nothing classier then a white girl dropping n-bombs and homo slurs--keep it up white girls may have some last ditch hope left in them afterall

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So Mrs Chen....those of us less educated people must be racist huh?

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There is nothing hotter then racist-white-girls! You've done white america proud sweeties.That chink needs to stfu!

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@ Ted

You really are ignorant. You must be a racist. Did you not learn anything from this article? I hope that you can live with yourself.

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they should pull those 3 from the game NOW!

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@Ashley: could you shut ur dirty mouth?! seems like you are a racist too, huh? people like you make this world ugly and unpeaceful. wash ur mouth before u talk, smelly person like u no wonder u only can type on internet.

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Oh, please. Miss Chen can go to hell. Aaryn's comments felt mean spirited, nasty, mean? Two years ago on the same show, The Talk, Chen and her other sick minions on the show laughed and joked of a REAL case of a wife tying up her husband, drugging him, and cutting off his penis. These women joked and laughed in glee over this, yet Chen is saying AARYN is the nasty, mean spirited, cruel one? Fucking idiot Chen is. Burn in hell bitch. What kind of person laughs over the subject of genital mutilation anyway? A LOT more disgusting than anything Aaryn said.

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@ Ashley

@ashley: could you shut ur dirty mouth?! seems like you are a racist too, huh? people like you make this world ugly and unpeaceful. wash ur mouth first before u talk, smelly person like you no wonder only can type on internet. pathetic.