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Big Brother Issues Disclaimer in Wake of Racial Controversy

Published on July 15, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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At least it is for the first time in Big Brotherhistory. The CBS reality hit added a disclaimer prior to the airing of Sunday night’s episode in the wake of season 15’s racism controversy.

“Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who have no privacy 24/7,” the disclaimer read. “At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised.”

The CBS disclaimer comes after Big Brother made headlines when houseguests Aaryn Gries andGinaMarie Zimmerman were overheard using racial and homophobic slurs during the program’s 24-hour live feeds. Their comments were later exposed on-air.

This is just the latest fallout from the controversy: Gries, who was overheard making racist comments about fellow contestant Helen Kim, was recently fired by her modeling agency, and Zimmerman also lost her job as a pageant coordinator.

During Sunday’s episode, several contestants confronted Gries about her racist remarks, which she called “jokes” that were misconstrued.

And this isn’t the first time CBS has commented on the controversy: The network issued a statement saying they did “not condone” the racial remarks.

“We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive,” the network said in their statement, while host Julie Chen spoke outabout Gries and Zimmerman’s comment on her daytime show The Talk. “I have to be honest, the Asian ones hit me the most. It stung,” she said. “I took it personally. I’m a human being.”Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!

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