Big Brother 15: Racist Houseguest Aaryn Now Has a Publicist

Big Brother Houseguest, Aaryn Gries, is in for a rude awakening when she eventually leaves the Big Brother 15 House. Due to racist and homophobic remarks she has made inside the house, she lost a modeling gig. But as a proactive move, Aaryn’s mother has hired a publicist.

“Big Brother” houseguest Aaryn Gries, who has made derogatory remarks about African American, Asian American and gay members of the house, has no idea that her remarks have sparked a controversy among viewers.

But when she exits the house, she will apparently get some help with “spin control” to deal with the potenial public fallout from her controversial comments.

Sources for the series said the mother of Gries, who lives in San Angelo, Texas, has already hired a publicist for the 22-year-old college student, making Gries perhaps the first contestant in “Big Brother” history to get representation while still living in the house.

Good luck to the publicist who attempts to spin Aaryn’s horrible behavior inside the Big Brother house. It’s all on video for posterity. I honestly can’t imagine anybody salvaging the girl’s reputation. And frankly, I don’t think she deserves it.

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Here’s hoping the public relations attempt to spin is a spectacular failure.

Via Los Angeles Times

  • Joob

    Oh, this just adds insult to injury. She doesn’t deserve anything after the comments she made.

  • ellen8

    Upon careful consideration of this and as a mother, I can understand her mother wanting to protect her. I agree that it will be a huge job to salvage her reputation.

    But Aaryn continues day by day to deny to the hgs who accuse her that she doesn’t use racist slurs. She just doesn’t understand what racism really is and how it makes others feel. I doubt she will get it even when she watches herself on the shows when she finally gets evicted. I expect her to blame CBS !!!

  • Tinawina

    Oh gawd. For real?

    I hate people sometimes.

    Nice to have those kind of resources at your disposal. I’m sure she’ll hit the media trail with her talking points as soon as she gets out. Then she’ll land a spot on another reality show. Of course, she’ll be the most famous one of the cast. Hot and controversial… the formula for media success.

    Blech.

  • girlygirl

    way too late for that. there’s no way to spin this girl’s remarks/attitude

  • MyDailyComment

    There is always a way to make saying bad things ok.

  • MyDailyComment

    She is playing a character on the show. Its not her REAL personality. Its part of her game strategy to win! She didn’t mean to offend anyone.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez. I hope that people aren’t stupid enough to believe that.

  • Soe

    Look how Paula Deen’s “publicists” helped her. And she had the lady Olivia Pope was based off of!

    Aaryn is screwed either way.

  • Tito Melito

    I think it’s a bit harsh to judge her like that. She’s 22 and has stereotypical offensive views about others who don’t share her white American background. But she has time to learn. She can change. We don’t have to respect her current views but she does have the same ability to change as anyone else. Maybe she will actually learn something from public perception. Maybe she will take classes on other cultures. You don’t know what her future will be. I doubt she’s pure evil.

  • Tinawina

    I’ll feel better about her AFTER she does those things. Right now I’m not feeling charitable.

    I see no indication that she’s trying to change crap. If I did, maybe I’d soften towards her. But now all I see is her parents trying to help her spin her way out of trouble. She hasn’t even had to face reality yet and already they are lining up to save her.

    Screw her. Most people don’t have the luxury of getting a soft cushion when they mess up badly. Overprivileged twit.

    The problem with people like her is, too many of them *don’t* go on TV. They just go get jobs where they get to terrorize everyone else while appearing “nice” to the rest of the world. I’m tired of making excuses for people like this. Oh, poor her. Nope. Poor Andy and Helen and Candice and Howard. This heffa has to earn my sympathy. Until then I give no fukks. I could fill a truck with the fukks I don’t give.

    Yes, I’m cranky today. Why do you ask? Heh.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    She’s 22 and has stereotypical offensive views about others who don’t share her white American background.

    Racism is not a normal phase that all young white people go through and then outgrow.

    She is an adult who felt it was appropriate to display her views in a public forum, who has shown no understanding that she’s done anything offensive, and whose persistence in this behavior suggests that if she doesn’t actively expect to be rewarded for it, she sure doesn’t expect to be punished.

    Since she’s been called on her behavior and shown no interest in change, I have no problem with judging who she is now: she’s a person who’s bigoted, self-absorbed, and rude. Nor do I feel any call to say “well, she’s actually a good, generous, kind, unbigoted person because she *might* see the error of her ways and become that person years down the road, in some other context.” If she wants to be seen as kind and unprejudiced, she can start by acting that way.

  • MV007

    I actually think she might have a case against CBS. Not for misrepresenting her or anything. But I wonder if they had a responsibility to tell her about her lost job. Had she been given this type of information she may have left the show voluntarily. The show in the past has informed houseguests of stuff outside the house that affects them. Just last season, Evel Dick was told about a sickness in the family I believe and he left. I’m not saying the situations are exactly similar but she might have an argument.

  • usedtobelucy

    I’d be *way* more convinced of that if she didn’t have parents who quickly hired a *publicist.* …. Now, if they’d hired an ethicist, or a psychologist, or a spiritual adviser, or a history teacher (or a kindergarten teacher, since everything she needs to know she really should have learned there) … Then I’d be more likely to think she has a chance.

    But since her *parents* seem to think that this is a case where the perceptions of others are the issue — and need to be *managed* — then I can’t say that I hold out a lot of hope for the obviously spoiled 22-year-old.

    That said, I hope she surprises me and undergoes a serious transformation.

  • jan

    Let’s pretend for a moment that she is not a racist. She is still a bully. If turning the mattress over was a joke – then afterwards she would laugh and try to get others to see the humor in it. But no – she used that as a platform to further taunt Candice and try to demean her even more. I’m going to guess that because of her “looks” – she has never been called on the carpet by anyone. On top of being a racist, she’s a Bully with a capital B.

  • Matty Minkus

    I call bullshit on that one.

  • Matty Minkus

    There’s a huge difference in having to leave because of a family health emergency and this. Ayren signed contracts I’m sure and was informed of the cameras and she’s watched the show previously. I doubt she has any kind of case.

  • usedtobelucy

    I have the strong feeling that she signed something. And that whatever that something was, it totally lets CBS off any such hook. (not that I really think there is much a hook to begin with — we’re not talking about some act of God or other type of event that Aaryn had nothing to do with here; we’re talking about a firing that she, a fully fledged adult, totally precipitated by her own deliberate behavior on camera.)

    And this is a very large tv network with long experience of running reality shows — and many many many high-paid lawyers. I’m sure they didn’t leave themselves open to any lawsuits brought by mouthy 22-year-olds who’d like to be compensated for causing themselves trouble….. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that her pr-person-hiring family won’t try to sue.

  • MV007

    The basis of a potential suit has nothing to do with Aaryn mouthing off. I think these people enter the house under the pretext that if something drastic happens outside of the house they will be informed. Well, losing a modeling contract could be such a circumstance. Do I think she could win this argument? Probably not, but I do think there is a question here.

    Also I don’t buy this notion that CBS has a team of lawyers that wouldn’t leave themselves open to civil suits. By that logic nobody would ever win against a big corporation.

  • Miss Blue

    Omg. I have several bridges to sell you. Talk about delusional.

  • Miss Blue

    Drastic? Losing a job is drastic? Well, then stick me in that drastic category. Along with millions of other people who lose jobs every day.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I believe MDC was pointing out how others might spin it, not that that is what they believe.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Exactly. I grew up in a very white suburb over 30 years ago, and even then our parents didn’t abide that nonsense. This is all on her, not some “phase” because she is white.

  • MV007

    Yes it is drastic. Losing a job is a big deal. In fact I would say this is the one thing that people take solace in about this whole ordeal. Aaryn is having to face real consequences for her actions. She’s lost her job along with Gina Marie.

  • Cory Patrick

    What’s the point? This girl is not famous, nor would she have been from the show if she didn’t make these comments. Waste of money, and technically without Aaryn’s signature on any documents her publicists is actually her parents until she exits. A comment apologizing on her daughters behalf would of been much better, but I guess you can’t really apologize for something you believe in.

  • breakdown

    People have to be taught to hate and this usually happens quite young by parents and is therefore hard to change. Perhaps this humiliation will cause her to rethink her feelings but I’m not sure how much hope I have of that happening.

  • usedtobelucy

    “The basis of a potential suit has nothing to do with Aaryn mouthing off.”

    Well, I can see that, depending how a contract is written.

    But I can also see them constructing a clause that excludes your being informed about events that you yourself triggered because of outrageous stuff you did and said on camera. That would make sense to me because the whole point of the show is to show people being somewhat outrageous on tv, for ratings. And if there’s anything like that in the contract, then her mouthing off would *be* the point.

  • MV007

    I agree with that. This would certainly be CBS’s position. I was looking at it more from Aaryn’s perspective. And I would think she would argue that they should have informed her of her lost contract regardless. I’m not saying Aaryn would win, I’m just saying if I were Aaryn’s lawyer I would definitely be asking this question.

  • usedtobelucy

    Yep. He/she probably is! I mean, if she has a pr person already, I’m sure she also has a lawyer. lol

  • Sassycatz

    This is BB15. Have their been many other contestants, over the years, who’ve voiced such controversial, i.e., bigoted comments and what happened to them?

  • James

    So her strategy to win is to get everyone but fellow racist GinaMarie to hate her.
    Yep, that sounds like someone just playing a character to me.

  • No Thanks

    No she doesn’t. I can GUARANTEE you all of the BB contestants signed a waiver that absolved CBS of practically everything short of physical harm and death. And I can guarantee you that the contract stipulated that BB and CBS can portray her ANY. WAY. they want to. Not just now but pretty much forever. The own all of that footage and can do whatever they want with it.

    I had to sign something similar when I was on camera with a friend who auditioned for Idol in Season 3. I distinctly remember the part where they said they had the right to do whatever they wanted with the footage they took of me.

    Whether Aaryn read the small print remains to be seen, but if she didn’t, that her own damn fault.

  • TBCanimation

    I don’t even want to watch her on the show anymore , she’s so disrespectfull and she is getting on my nerve. I can’t wait for her to get her out of the show. Thought it was smarter getting a bigger player out sooner then her. I would hate it if she won HOH

  • TBCanimation

    I know right it just bothers me at first she was alright I think its ridulas how people act on their when they get a ‘man’ their going to die if they don’t have one honestly. thought some of the show romances seem a little bit more honest. But I don’t know I just what ever she dose not goad well with me.

    I dont understand how she can treat people like that at all.

  • MV007

    First of all. My contention didn’t have anything to do with her “portrayal”. It was about notifying her of the fact that she lost her job or in this case not notifying her. Second of all these waivers and such aren’t necessarily worth the paper they are written on. I’m sure the one these big brother houseguests signed are pretty strong but there are numerous examples of signed contracts not being enforceable for a variety of reasons. I’m not here to tell anyone something definitive on the law or guarantee anything but I do think a lawyer for Aaryn could ask some legitimate questions. Aaryn has real monetary damages as a result of this experience. Maybe there is nothing she can do but I don’t think it’s all that clear cut.

  • No Thanks

    I’m sure there is a “notifying” clause in the contract as well. I’m sure they stipulate exactly what constitutes an emergency. And I doubt loosing a job is one of them. It’s not like she can do anything about it even if she was notified. The damage was already done.

  • D. Hazelwood

    Why would you need to hire a publicist if you are racist?! What is that supposed to do, change what you said, your image, how you grew up?! Stupidity and ignorance doesn’t need assistance

  • D. Hazelwood

    I am pretty sure that there was a clause in the contract that she signed about being offensive or degrading. It is good have have your own views, but being racist over a group of people and trying to judge everyone in that race based on what you heard about them, not experienced is just plain stupid. I seen the episode where all them girls were going hard at Candice and Helen, they deserve what they get, they don’t belong to be working in mainstream public and be racist…Sorry, that’s just how I feel.

  • D. Hazelwood

    What business wants publicity as hiring racist, especially when grown-ups (employees) can control what they say. You are representing the company and your family and friends everywhere you go.

  • usedtobelucy

    Darned good question.

    My bet is that in this case the publicist isn’t so much supposed to change Aaryn’s own image as to change the way the public views somebody with that image. I’m thinking he/she is supposed to convince the rest of us that bullying, over-the-top racism is great, so that Aaryn goes from zero to hero because of our altered perceptions. Seriously. She could become the national spokesmodel for active, completely open racism!

    I’m wondering who was dumb enough to take that job. Someone who got paid up front is my guess. Because who would be dumb enough to think this would work? (I guess I’m forgetting Paula Deen’s high-profile handlers…)

  • waitingforthe1

    the concept of reality television is that the contestants bascially sign away all rights to their image. They can be edited any way that the show deems appropriate for the show they are attempting to make.
    The sad truth about Aaryn is that CBS initially attempted to give her a very positive edit and probably wanted her to be the next Jordan. However, her behavior made it impossible for them to continue down that path. I have the live feeds and they are portraying her very accurately. Nothing is being taken out of context in order to sensationalize it.
    I wish they would do the same thing for Ginamarie, Spencer and Kaitlin; however, I imagine CBS can only handle the backlash of one racist jackwagon on the show at a time. If the others got a realistic edit people would wonder if they recruited from the local Klan meeting and not via open auditions.

  • waitingforthe1

    lol does she understand the concept of this game?
    The social part is as big, if not bigger, than the competition part. You can get through this entire game without winning a single competition but you’re hard pressed to get through acting like a jackhole.
    If this is game play she needs to stick to solitare because she sucks at it.

  • Tinawina

    Possible tactics: They are going to try to convince us she’s actually a really nice person. People who know her in real life will be quoted about what a sweetheart she is, while giving examples of her selflessness. If she’s even done anything nice for a person of color, or worked with a charity or something, the stories and/or pictures will surface. We’ll be told about how “devastated” she is about the whole thing, and how she keeps crying about how misunderstood she is. They’ll try to find a way to tell the “whole story” where she can say the house guests she targeted provoked her, where possible, or make them out to be not as nice as they look. If her people can get one of them to publicly forgive her, they will. Someone associated with her will blame political correctness and oversensitivity, and also say something along the lines of “well if blacks can use the n word, why can’t Aaryn say XYZ?”. Aaryn will make some gesture, like a donation or something, or attending a class, and afterwards get interviews where she talks about her transformation. In short: Muddy the waters, wait a bit, go on a forgiveness tour. That’s my bet.

  • usedtobelucy

    Oh, nice analysis. Probably right on the money … I wonder how her apology will stack up to Paula Deen’s? …. Haven’t had the stomach to observe Aaryn too much, but given what I have seen, I’m betting Deen’s will be the more convincing. heh

  • Incipit

    The only thing I would add to their strategy is to blame the show’s producers for encouraging her to “act” like a bigot and a bully, it was all their idea – then she can have a trifecta, “A Bigot, a Bully, and a Bare-faced Liar”.
    IMO.

  • Tinawina

    LOL! Or a previously unknown medical condition, or a troubled childhood… providing a reason for her bad behavior that’s about anything other than being a racist. Heh.

    usedtobelucy: She’ll come off better than Deen! She’s younger, prettier, and she’ll cry on camera. Sympathy will materialize! It’s magic.

  • Dianne

    CBS has a multi million dollar legal team. Charlie Sheen wasn’t able to sue CBS and recover damages when he was fired. Aaryn is a nobody who needs to wake up and smell the coffee. The world doesn’t revolve around her, she needs a sit down with Dr. Phil :)

  • usedtobelucy

    “she’ll cry on camera.”

    How does that work when you’re made out of ice? ha

  • Incipit

    “How does that work when you’re made out of ice? ha”

    Really. Glycerin tears have been the go-to for film for years…but someone has to tell her ‘when’ to turn on the waterworks – she would have no idea, obviously. Heh.

    IMO.

  • usedtobelucy

    “but someone has to tell her ‘when’ to turn on the waterworks – she would have no idea, obviously.”

    The publicist will have cue cards.