Julie Chen Is “Personally Offended” By Racist “Big Brother” Houseguests

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 8.09.53 PMYou’re not the only one that has heard the not so shocking homophobic, racist, and anti-Asian comments made by Aaryn Gries, the insensitive Big Brother housemate that apparently isn’t aware she’s being filmed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Julie Chen has been listening too, and she’s pissed.

The flawless longtime host of the summer series didn’t comment during a live CBS broadcast that aired the insensitive comments following an uproar on the internet, but she did have a few things to say on yesterday’s episode of The Talk. Chen reminded everyone that houseguests still living in the Big Brother house have no idea that their racism has made national headlines, and the decision to air Aaryn’s bigotry came because “it is now a driving story.”

She continued, telling fellow hosts that she was personally offended by the anti-Asian slurs:

“When I first found out that Aaryn, who is a 22-year-old girl, made anti-gay, anti-black, and anti-Asian comments, I have to be honest…the Asian ones hit me the most. I heard about her describing Asians as ‘squinty-eyed’ and ‘go make a bowl of rice,’ she said that about Helen, who is Chinese and in the house. It stung. I took it personally. I’m a human being.

But first, TMZ caught up with the Chenbot in LA, where she had even more to say:

“Personally I was offended. I was offended by all the comments – the anti-gay, the anti-black, but especially the anti-Asian ones for obvious reasons. I think she’s young. I’m hopeful that when she gets out, she reads the headlines and that’ll force her to change the way she thinks.”

When asked how she felt about Aaryn’s dropped modeling contract, Chenbot says “I don’t know if she’s that famous enough that people will associate her face with those comments.” Burn!

One thing’s for sure—that is going to be one hell of a live exit interview once Aaryn finally gets the boot!

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  • CleJoke

    I’m personally offended by Julie Chen being on TV 10+ hours a week.
    CBS needs to retire her.

  • balehead

    She married the boss… sincere..

  • Charlie in Charge

    Amen Julie! People like Aaryn need to learn these words come back to them.

  • Scribe38

    @balehead: What does her being married to the boss have anything to do with her being offended by someone insulting her race? Really, I understand sh*ting on every post is your thing but could you at least make them make sense? Thanks

  • redspyder

    Talk Soup has clips of Julie Chen on all the time – making ‘hysterical’ (note: sarcasm intended) comments about Asians and their little squinty slanted eyes, and telling the others girls she can’t say anything because – “Ancient Chinese Secret”!!! Referring to white men dating Asian women, remarking “Once you go Yellow, you never go back!”. Or my personal favorite – her saying “Me So Sweet and Sour”.

    If she’s offended, its probably because they stole her material without giving her credit.

  • redspyder

    ‘Talk Soup’ has Julie Chen on all the time. She has said, referring to white men dating Asian women, “Once you go Yellow, you never go back!”. She makes fun of Asians and their squinty, slanted eyes. She has told the other panel members that she can’t tell them things, because “Ancient Chinese Secret!” (and yes – in the same stereotypical mock accent from the commercial). She has dropped into ‘sing-song’, imitating her mother at the dining room table. And my personal favorite: “Me So Sweet and Sour”.

    If she’s offended, its probably because they’re using her material without giving her any credit.

  • gauty

    @redspyder: There’s a big difference between being subversive and using the stereotypes to de-power them, and having white people insult your race out of sheer ignorance. I hope you can grasp this nuance. She has every right to use that slang as a joke because she’s Asian herself, just like we gays can throw around the word fag because we’re reappropriating it, but people who are the majority and thus have the systems of oppression backing up their slurs and bigotry are not allowed to.

  • Mofdgheb

    Would you please remove the little banner at the lower right corner of the page? It’s annoying.

  • balehead

    Now do you get it Scribe37???

  • Spike

    Please, she is not offended by the anti-gay and anti-black comments, those are good for ratings, it’s only the anti-asian comments that she is offended by.

  • Roger

    BUT FIRST……I just died. Your chenbot headline and but first link-are hilarious addition. Well played queerty, well played.

    <3 Julie Chen. Hate Aaryn the house guest.

  • Eric Auerbach

    @redspyder: Hah! The Soup and Julie Chen’s Asian-based “humor” was what came to mind for me as well :-)

  • Kangol

    The K KK Barbie, Aaryn, and the Staten Island Goebbels, Gina Marie, in the house, just keep bringing the ra•cism; it’s on TMZ today. Both need to be voted out.

    But Julie Chen is being disingenuous, because this allegedly isn’t the first year these sorts of comments and incidents have occurred, and she didn’t speak up about them at all before.

  • breebree16

    But she’s told to lose her “slanty” eyes for a hollywood job and doesn’t she jump… Selective offensiveness I guess.

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