Current Big Brother 15 houseguests Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman have both been let go from their jobs. Both Aaryn and GinaMarie have made numerous racist and homophobic remarks on the live feeds (along with a few other houseguests). Various media outlets have been reporting on their despicable behavior and now the effects of their actions are starting to emerge.
Aaryn was signed to Zephyr Talent based out of Austin, TX and they released a stament about letting her go. You can read that below.
Aaryn, season 15 cast member of Big Brother, revealed prejudices and other beliefs that we (Zephyr Talent) do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live Internet feed to be offensive.
Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by Aaryn, either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are hers alone and do not represent the views or opinions of Zephyr Talent. Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.
GinaMarie worked for East Coast USA Pageants Inc. where she coordinated pageants and they announced today that they will also be letting her go from her position. Read their statement below.
We have never known this side of Ginamarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past,” CEO Lauren Handler said in the statement. “We are actually thankful that this show let us see Ginamarie for who she truly is as we would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants. It is unfortunate that her hateful words were able to be witnessed by so many thousands of Big Brother fans as they were rightfully so deeply offended.
We are unable to contact her at this time but when she returns from the Big Brother house we will be terminating her employment for her unforgivable behavior. In a business where we are surrounded by beauty every day we are saddened to see something so ugly come from someone we put on a very high pedestal.
I’m glad that Zephyr Talent and East Coast USA Pageants have released these statements and are not supporting this time of inexcusable behavior from their now former employees.
CBS released this statement about the houseguests and their awful remarks:
We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.
UPDATE: Aaryn was once a cover girl for Bella Petite Magazine and the editor has spoken out and written a letter concerning Aaryn. Aaryn will no longer be included in promotions for the model search for Bella Petite. Check out the letter below.
Dear Bella Petite readers,
I appreciate the concerns expressed from many of Bella Petite’s subscribers regarding recent comments from Bella Petite Magazine cover model and ‘Big Brother’ contestant, Aaryn Gries.
Each year Bella Petite takes great pride in celebrating the top twelve petite model cover girl entrants from around the world to the Bella Petite Model Search. We select winners based on their photo submissions and positive participation through the selection process to our contest and various other criteria, and we expect those who are selected as our top spokesmodels to represent the positive and enthusiastic spirit of Bella Petite’s brand.
Like many of you, I was surprised and disappointed to read about the recent insensitive comments from Ms. Gries on ‘Big Brother.’ I want to emphasize to all of our readers that her comments are absolutely inconsistent with the principles that Bella Petite is built on.
As a result, I have determined that Ms. Gries is no longer a positive representation of Bella Petite’s brand and Bella Petite will not be featuring her in any promotions related to the model search in accordance with the rules of our model search. I certainly appreciate Ms. Gries right to express herself, but simply do not feel that her involvement in any of our model search promotions going forward would be appropriate given our core principles and values at Bella Petite Magazine.
Bella Petite is the leading publication and community devoted to the interests of petite women 5’5” and under, and it has always been our mission to be a source of positivity and encouragement for petite women around the world of every ethnicity, religion, or culture. It is Bella Petite’s continuing mission to be a place for petite women to celebrate and support one another, and I have no doubt that if we do so, we will all be stronger for it.
Ann Lauren Editor-in-Chief Bella Petite Magazine