Aaryn Gries has been portrayed as the season 15 racists on the popular CBS reality TV show Big Brother, and now her mother Elizabeth Owens is crying foul against the show and the TV network.
The 22-year-old from San Angelo, Texas made headlines this summer when she was caught making controversial remarks about black people, Asians, and gays.
In a statement obtained by the Los Angles Times, Owens says of her daughter’s situation
“While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on Big Brother.”
She further adds:
“These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her. Aaryn is a young 22year-old college student that has spent 70 days living in a fish bowl and making mistakes for America to see. [We wanted] Americans to see the young woman that I know; Aaryn is kind, loving and generous, though certainly not perfect and without fault in this incidence.”
Aaryn Gries won’t even discover that she lost her job until the current season of CBS’ Big Brother ends. She is currently being held in the show’s jury house until the series draws to its final conclusion.
In one comment about a black contestant, Candice Stewart told one of her roommates: “Be careful what you say in the dark, [you] might not be able to see the bitch.” In making fun of Asian American houseguest Helen Kim, she added, “Shut up, go make some rice!” And speaking about gay contestant Andy Herren, she joked, “No one is going to vote for whoever that queer puts up!”
Gries took an African American male to her prom, and her mom tells The Times:
“[He was] one of her closest friends through high school. Aaryn’s first true love was Cuban American, and she has cousins of Japanese descent who she truly loves. She has never discriminated against anyone for their sexual orientation whether within our family or not. Aaryn truly loves all people equally.”
Her mom says Gries even recently sponsored a little girl in the Philippines through the Save the Children program.
Attacking CBS directly, the girl’s mother adds:
“It appears that it was beneficial for Big Brother to focus on the negative comments made by Aaryn to boost ratings.”
Perhaps CBS focused on those comments because they were the most shocking, but that’s just our take on the situation.