Paula Deen isn’t the only one getting fired these days for spouting racial comments in public. Big Brother 15 has been having its own share of controversy this season with two contestants already being fired from their real jobs for comments made on the show.
The Huffington Post reports, “GinaMarie Zimmerman was fired from East Coast USA Pageant, Inc. after making racist comments. Aaryn Gries was dropped from her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent, after making bigoted comments caught on camera.” Although these comments weren’t aired on CBS, they were caught on the 24-hour live feed.
The most recent foot-in-mouth moment was with contestant Spencer Clawson who was caught making gay slurs and praising Hitler for his speaking abilities, according to Reality Blurred. Although Spencer hasn’t been fired from his job with Union Pacific at the moment, the company has stepped forward with an official statement saying that they do not condone his comments:
"The values represented by Spencer Clawson’s comments during the ‘Big Brother’ show do not at all align with Union Pacific’s values," the company said in a statement. "Mr. Clawson is on unpaid leave of absence while participating on Big Brother. Union Pacific does not condone his comments. Union Pacific is acting in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement terms regarding Mr. Clawson.”
CBS released a statement as well saying, “Big Brother is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 — and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.”
Former contestant Ragan Fox wrote a letter to the show’s producers urging them to air the comments, to paint a complete picture to show exactly how people are treated inside the Big Brother compound. “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?” he asks.
GinaMarie and Aaryn are already on the hunt for new jobs and time will tell if Spencer’s choice of words will land him in the same boat.