ms_mmelissa (ms_mmelissa) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Big Brother's Jessie Kowalski reflects on her time on the show's most racist season


  • Kowalski was a contestant on Big Brother Season 15 AKA the really racist season

  • The show aired in 2013 and while footage was edited for viewing on TV there were live 24/7 feeds available to paid subscribers

  • Subscribers watched several of the white contestants say blatantly racist and homophobic things targeted at the black, Asian and gay housemates

  • The show initially edited out the racism to paint the white racist castmates in a better light

  • Eventually, under pressure, Big Brother began including the racism in episodes and turned housemate Aaryn Gries into the villain without noting that she was only one of several racist and homophobic castmates

  • Kowalski, who appeared on the season, reflected on her time there and said that while she never participated in the racism she now realizes she did not do enough to speak out and stop it

  • Aryan Aaryn Grimes faced and uncomfortable confrontation with Julie Chen after she exited the show and was dropped from her modelling agency but successfully rebranded herself as a mommy blogger





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This was the last season of the show I watched and it was truly terrible. The fact that Aryan has a career at all is really shameful. Time for people to "rediscover" those clips.
Tags: #blacklivesmattters, big brother (reality show), race / racism
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