While the Big Brother 15 racism and homophobia frenzy has not yet had an immediate effect to the cast members from CBS, outside ties are being cut.
A Texas modeling agency has dropped contestant Aaryn Gries as a client after she spewed racist and homophobic comments on the show’s 24/7 feed according to Entertainment Weekly.
Zephyr Talent of Austin, TX made a statement on its Facebook page that read: “[Gries] revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone.” It continued saying that they too found the statements offensive, and for it, have released from contract.
Gries comments on the 24/7 feed included saying of gay housemate Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up.” She also suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.” She said about housemate Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.” Finally, Gries said to housemate Helen, who is Asian, “Go make some f—ing rice.”
Following Zephyr Talent, independent fashion magazine Bella Petite said they were “surprised and disappointed to read about the recent insensitive comments” Gries made, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As a result, Bella Petite determined she is no longer a “positive representation” of the magazine brand and no longer will be featuring her in any related promotions.
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