‘Big Brother’: Contestants Fired over Racial Slurs
The "Big Brother" racism controversy continues to reverberate, as another contestant has been fired from her job.
According to TMZ, housemate GinaMarie Zimmerman has been let go from her day job at East Coast USA Pageant, Inc., after using racial slurs against other contestants on the show's live feeds.
The company told TMZ, "We have never known this side of GinaMarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past. We are actually thankful that this show let us see GinaMarie for who she truly is. We would never want her to be a role model to our future contestants. 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."
Fellow housemate Aaryn Gries was reportedly dropped from her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent, after making bigoted comments about her competitors.
Since the “Big Brother” housemates have no connection to the outside world, Zimmerman and Gries do not know that they've lost their jobs and won't find out until they're evicted or one is crowned the winner of the competition.
"Big Brother" broadcaster CBS released a statement denouncing the contestants' behavior on Tuesday, but have yet to air any of the offensive remarks on the show:
“'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. We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on 'Big Brother,' either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.”