Plenty of pop-culture stories from 2013 were fodder for public outrage. As the year comes to a close, Zap2it takes a look back at some of the biggest uproars and asks: U Still Mad?
“Big Brother” has had no shortage of controversies over the years — remember when Shannon brushed the toilet with Hardy’s toothbrush? Things were all so simple then.
But the summer of 2013 crew really takes the cake. It took approximately a week for the true colors to start showing on the live feeds. How easily they forget that almost literally every single thing they say and do is broadcast on the Internet 24 hours a day.
Aaryn Gries (above) became the face of the scandal after her comments about Korean contestant Helen Kim needing to “make some rice” instead of crying all the time, and making fun of Candice Stewart‘s “blackness” coming out (Candice is a black woman who was adopted and raised by a white family).
But Gries was not the only offender. GinaMarie Zimmerman and Amanda Zuckerman got in on the racism too, and other housemates like Jeremy Maguire and Spencer Clawson were constantly saying demeaning things to and about women and gays.
Needless to say, the “BB15” contestants got a rude awakening when they re-entered the world from their “Big Brother” fishbowl. They have all laid pretty low since the show ended, which is actually rather unusual for “BB” hamsters.
We aren’t complaining about colorful houseguests, mind you. “Big Brother” can get very boring very fast if the houseguests aren’t butting heads and getting into shenanigans. But as we pointed out, hate speech is not the same as being larger-than-life and crazy on the live feeds. You can dislike someone (and plot and scheme against them) without bringing their race, gender or sexual orientation into it. That’s what we hope to see next summer.
So, are you still mad about the “Big Brother” racists?