After dominating the press about the show for the past week, "Big Brother" finally addressed the issue of racism in the house during an actual episode. It was an uncomfortable montage mostly featuring Aaryn making racist comments about Helen, who is Asian, and Candice, who is black.
“Does she not know we’re on TV?" Judd asked at one point. "You shouldn't say stuff like that.”
GinaMaria joined Aaryn on her racist rants with comments like, "Candice is already on the dark side because she’s already dark.”
“Be careful what you say in the dark," Aaryn said of Candice at another point. "Might not be able to see the b*tch.”
“Even when these comments are made in fun, they still hurt and are disrespectful," said Howard, who is also black but was not targeted by any of the comments.
TVLine gave the show props for "outing" a couple of its castmembers, but noted that there are other people on the cast who have also made disparaging statements. Entertainment Weekly noted that the selective reveal may have to do with both Aaryn and GinaMarie suffering consequences outside the house for their comments inside. Aaryn was dropped by her modeling agency while GinaMarie was fired from her job as well.
Making matters even more tense in the house, Aaryn won the Head of Household competition. She almost immediately targeted Helen and Elissa, making the close friends Have-Nots for the second week in a row, and then nominating them both for eviction.
The drama continues on "Big Brother," Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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