America loves drama. The live feeds showed Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman’s true colors in the opening two weeks of Big Brother. Both women made racist and homophobic comments about fellow Asian, black and gay house guests. House guest Spencer Clawson added his two cents in with a statement about how great Hitler was as a speaker. The drama in the house this year has brought ratings from the poorest opening Big Brother has seen to capturing the title of the most watched program besides “60 Minutes.” With 6.25 million viewers for Sunday night’s viewing, Big Brother has achieved what it wanted, even after all the coverage about the hateful house guests.
The Sunday night show brought to light the nasty personality of Aaryn, with her comments falling deep into the racist and homophobic category.
Last week, TMZ announced that Aaryn Gries had been dumped by her modeling agency. GinaMarie Zimmerman was fired from her pageant coordinator job and Spencer had the whistle blown on his job through Union Pacific as a railroad conductor. All three are in for quite a shock when they get out of the house or are they?
Are viewers connected to this show because of the drama that has unfolded or due to the racist comments? Reality TV is a whole new ball game and we are hearing (and seeing) things that haven’t been allowed on television before. This revolutionary concept draws people in, whether it is due to the notion that people can get away with actions that have, in the past, been no-no’s or because of the drama that we all seem to crave.
Americans have gotten used to the rush-rush daily life we tend to lead. We all have drama in our lives and we develop a case of not being able to stand a calm lifestyle. It seems as though something is missing when there is no reason to rush or to have the drama in our lives.
When people are used to the commotion, we become like the enabler in a domestic violent situation or like the enabler in a drug or alcoholic position who put up with the drama because it is what they know. If the drama doesn’t exist, we can’t stand it. It doesn’t feel “normal” any more. The majority of American people live on adrenaline. We crave the drama.
We also need to consider those who are racist and homophobic. They tune in to see what is going on in the Big Brother house and to watch their fellow worms speak out against blacks, Asians and gays.
Big Brother has been compared to the recent Paula Deen scandal. Paula spewed out racist comments and was openly condemned for her statements, as she should have been. It’s not the fact that she needs to become aware that non-racist folks won’t stand for the views she might have held years ago or still holds. It’s the fact that it goes beyond a point of creating a lesson taught. We heard about the Deen racism fault for weeks. Problem is, all the drama put out on the plate was like honey; it drew a higher amount of book sales with the media attention it received.
Fans have commented that the Big Brother incident is what it should be. It is reality television, we must remember, and it shows a small slice of American beliefs. The remarks made by the house guests definitely reminds us that racists and homophobes do still exist in our country. Out of 16 people, we have seen at least three or four make racist remarks. Not a good percentage rate.
Sunday night displayed the worst of Aaryn’s comments. It opened a door into the racist rants of Aaryn for all of America to witness first hand, no matter the reason they watched. The first statement by CBS about the house guests was that it is a reality TV show and they were not taking responsibility for the remarks. It was made clear the house guests were saying these things on their own, without it being the beliefs of the CBS or Big Brother staff.
Fans were raging against the thought of leaving these people in the house. A petition was offered to viewers for the removal of Aaryn Gries, Spencer Clawson and GinaMarie Zimmerman. CBS commented a few days later.
What is important to us as viewers of reality TV? Are we in for all the drama we can get or are we standing behind our morals and beliefs? Fans of the live feeds state they are dropping out of the CBS experience this season but with the highest viewer ratings in this season, this doesn’t quite seem to be the case.
Personally, I love the game. I believe the idea of putting 16 people in a house together and make them plot against each other for money. It is a sure-fire way to bring out the best and worst in people. This season, however, is a bit much. The racist comments are at the top of the list for reasons to cut out on the show but we haven’t even discussed the anti-female remarks made by Jeremy. Why is this year filled with so many deviants? Fans are claiming it is due to the age of the contestants this year. Helen and Elissa are the only two contestants in the house that are mothers and appear to be understanding and kind, yet they are the two who are hated the most by other house guests. If those two go home, the show is a flop in my opinion.
Onward we go, waiting to see if Aaryn may get voted out by some miracle. She is disliked by the house guests and most of America. We’ll see how the season plays out.