'Big Brother' Racism Controversy: Contestant GinaMarie Zimmerman Fired From Job Over Racist Comments

Another 'Big Brother' Contestant Fired Over Racist Comments

Zimmerman has been an employee of East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. for the past five years, but TMZ reports that the company has severed ties with the pageant coordinator after she was heard insulting Asian-American houseguest Helen Kim, telling another contestant, "Andy was like, 'I'm gonna punch her in the face,' and I was like, 'Maybe that'll make her eyes straight.'" TMZ also reports that Zimmerman used the n-word on the uncensored internet feeds.

"We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past," a representative for the organization reportedly told TMZ. "We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants. In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal."

Since the houseguests aren't allowed to communicate with anyone outside the house during their stay, Zimmerman and Gries won't learn of their dismissals until they're evicted or one is crowned the winner of the competition.

“'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, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by several of the 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.”

Former "Big Brother" contestant Ragan Fox penned an open letter to the "Big Brother" producers after the contestants' behavior came to light, urging them to air the bigoted comments on the CBS broadcast in order to illustrate how the houseguests act on a daily basis. "What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?" he observed.

"Big Brother" Season 15 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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