'Big Brother' Host Julie Chen Addresses Aaryn's Racist Remarks
The current season of Big Brother has ignited a lot of debate and criticism over several contestants who have said racist, homophobic, and sexist remarks that have been captured on the show’s live 24/7 feed.
Three contestants – Aaryn, GinaMarie, and Spencer – have already been reprimanded by their jobs back at home, though they have no idea yet as they have no communication with the world outside of the house
Host Julie Chen has been silent on the matter so far, but she has spoken out during a live taping of The Talk on Monday (July 8).
“I have to be honest, it stung,” Julie said (via ET Online). “Those things, in my opinion … it felt mean-spirited. It felt ugly and it felt mean.”
“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. It stung. I took it personally,” Julie continued. “I’m a human being. The really sad part, it took me back to the ’70s when I was growing up in Queens and I was 7-years-old getting bullied, being called a chink. I thought, ‘Wow, I haven’t heard comments like that [in years].’ The year is 2013. I felt ignorant, there are still people in the country who feel and act that way? Yes there [are]. It made me sad. She’s 22 and she’s college educated.”
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