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On “Big Brother 16,” Caleb Reynolds’ Unrequited Obsession & The Offensiveness Of Calling Amber Borzotra A “Tease”

On “Big Brother 16,” Caleb Reynolds’ Unrequited Obsession & The Offensiveness Of Calling Amber Borzotra A “Tease”

Last week, I wrote about Caleb Reynolds’, a houseguest on “Big Brother 16,” and his unrequited romantic obsession with fellow player Amber Borzotra. While the television show has gone out of their way not to draw attention to Caleb’s out of whack fixation on Amber, those fans who subscribe to the 24/7 livefeeds are privy to how this is impacting his game, her game and the entire house. While Amber certainly has many, many supporters who see that she’s done everything she can to reject his clearly advances, there are others who have called Amber a tease. In response, Amber’s brother-in-law — one of the family members manning Amber’s Twitter feed and website while she’s in the “Big Brother” house — posted an articulate and smart response on Amber’s blog that defends Amber, but more importantly calls out a culture of victim-blaming that extends well beyond this reality TV show. With his permission, I’m republishing his piece below. Whether you’re a “Big Brother” fan or not, it’s well worth a read. — Amelia

Before I begin, just to be clear, this post isn’t about Caleb, the “Big Brother” game, or even about any concerns we may or may not have for Amber’s well-being. This is solely about the way the narrative is being portrayed by some observers: people who are not subject to the pressures/paranoia of the house and have the ability to know just about everything that is said and done before forming an opinion.

Specifically, there has been a worrying rise in “BB16″ live feed followers blaming Amber for somehow playing a part in encouraging Caleb’s unrequited feelings for her. Keep reading »

“Big Brother”‘s Caleb Reynolds Is Disturbingly Obsessed With Fellow Houseguest Amber Borzotra

"Big Brother"'s Caleb Is Disturbingly Obsessed With Fellow Houseguest Amber
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I tried to resist, but I failed. For the second year in a row, I’ve decided to subscribe to the “Big Brother” livefeeds. The reality show’s 16th season kicked off last week, the livefeeds turned on last Friday, and the drama started almost immediately. The 16 houseguests have barely been living together for 10 days, but already a romance is a-brewin’. But unfortunately for those involved, it’s completely, totally, disturbingly one-sided. Keep reading »

Watch GinaMarie Zimmerman Destroy Her Chances Of Winning “Big Brother 15″

Watch GinaMarie Zimmerman Bomb "Big Brother 15" Finale
"I'm GinaMarie!"

Well, not to toot my own horn — toot, toot! — but last night’s “Big Brother 15″ finale went exactly as I mapped out, minus a few details I was unsure about. Andy Herren did indeed win the final Head of Household competition and took GinaMarie Zimmerman to the final two, evicted Spencer Clawson. In the end, Andy scored the five jury votes I was sure he had in the bag — Amanda, McCrae, Helen, Candice and Elissa — plus two (Jessie and Spencer) out of the remaining four tossups (Aaryn and Judd voted for GM to win), winning the game as I predicted. CBS was saved the embarrassment of having a racist (GinaMarie) or a lascivious perv (Spencer) win and represent their franchise. Yay!

While I had expected Andy to win, I didn’t expect GM to make it so goddamn easy for him. Keep reading »

Who Will Win “Big Brother 15″? (Spoilers Ahead!)

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Sigh. Tonight, after three long (beautiful, obsessive, mindblowing) months (spent watching livefeeds 24/7), “Big Brother” will crown the winner of its 15th season, awarding either GinaMarie Zimmerman (the Staten Island native who lost her job within the first few weeks for using racist language in the house), Spencer Clawson (the “redneck” from Arkansas, who made headlines for making a questionable pedophile joke on camera), or Andy Herren (a part-time college instructor, who is gay) with the $500,000 prize. Before that, the two finalists who won the first and second rounds of the final Head of Household competition will compete in the third round; whoever comes out victorious will choose who they want to sit next to in the final two, sending the last person to the jury. The jury will decide the winner. So, after watching the live feeds incessantly, who do I think will and should win the “most controversial” season of “Big Brother”? My thoughts, after the jump! (SPOILER ALERT: I reveal who won part one and part two of the HOH competition, so don’t click on unless you want to know.) Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On “Big Brother,” Racism & Scapegoating

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The Soapbox: On "Big Brother," Racism & Scapegoating

On last night’s episode of “Big Brother,” 22-year-old Aaryn Gries was given the boot by her fellow houseguests and, as is customary, sat down for her live post-show interview with host Julie Chen. Over the past two-and-a-half months, Aryan Aaryn, as she’s jokingly been called online, has said a number of offensive and ignorant things about people of other races, all of which were caught on tape by the show’s 24/7 live feeds. She’s not the only one — almost half of the initial 16 houseguests have said one or more highly questionable things about race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Under pressure from viewers to show what was really going on in the house, CBS finally made a point of addressing offensive statements in their edited episodes, with Aaryn’s remarks receiving the vast majority of the attention. So, when Aaryn emerged out the front door, to a subtle chorus of audience boos, and sat down next to Julie Chen, I expected that the topic would be addressed, but only briefly as Aaryn is now a member of the “Big Brother” jury and will continue to be sequestered from the outside world until the season has come to an end. That usually means continuing to be kept in the dark about what’s going on outside the house — including how she’s being perceived.

But I was wrong. Chen went there last night, actually reading some of Aaryn’s worst remarks aloud. Aaryn — who, in fairness, was not completely clueless that she was being seen as racist — was flustered, saying she didn’t remember saying those things. She initially made excuses about being from Texas and not meaning the things she said and blah blah blah. The audience laughed at her over and over. Aaryn teared up and looked utterly crushed. It was awful. And awkward. I was uncomfortable. Keep reading »

“Big Brother”‘s Aryan Aaryn Finally Sent Packing, Is Confronted By Julie On Live TV

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Aaryn Gries
Watch Julie GO THERE With Aaryn!

Well, this was much more awkward than I expected. On tonight’s live eviction episode of “Big Brother,” Aaryn Gries, who has become known (even by people who don’t watch the reality show) for her racist remarks (and she was just one of a few), was finally kicked out of the house by her fellow houseguests. Though she will join the jury who will eventually decide the winner of the show’s 15th season, she still had to do a live interview with host Julie Chen upon walking out of the house. Oh, and Julie gave it to her. I was actually surprised that Julie went there, given that houseguests who make jury typically get less information about how they’re being perceived in the outside world. Aaryn, while aware when she was inside the house that some of her remarks would be perceived as very offensive (she said a houseguest named Helen, who is Asian, should “go and make rice,” for example), still seemed taken aback by the strength of Julie’s interrogation. I actually have many complicated thoughts on how this went down, largely informed by my avid feed watching. But I’m still collecting my thoughts, so I’ll write more on that later. For now, I leave you with the most awkward “Big Brother” exit interview ever.

20 Signs You’re Addicted To The “Big Brother” Live Feeds (In GIFs)

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20 Signs You're Addicted The The Big Brother Live Feeds

My obsession with “Big Brother” has crossed a line, you guys. Ever since I got the live feeds for this season, I haven’t been able to focus on anything else. I mean, the CBS show itself is alright, but the live feeds are 24/7 and feature tomfoolery they would never show on television. That’s why I can’t turn them off. Click on for 20 signs that you or someone you love is also completely and totally addicted to the “Big Brother 15″ live feeds (in “BB15″ GIFs obviously)… Keep reading »

“Big Brother” Bigotry: Jeremy, Bothered By A Fly, Calls Himself “African”

Big Brother Bigotry: Jeremy, Pestered By A Fly, Calls Himself "African"
Excuse Me, What?

The list of “Big Brother 15″ houseguests who have made racist remarks continues to grow! This weekend, Jeremy — the heavily tattooed, douchebaggy ringleader of the now defunct “Moving Company” alliance — who has thus far only laughed at racist comments made by houseguests like Aryan Aaryn and GinaMarie, joined their ranks. While sitting outside with a bunch of his fellow houseguests, include Howard, who is African-American, Jeremy was being pestered by a fly. “I’m African,” he joked, and then began to blather ignorantly about “tribes in Africa.” Howard, who has shown himself to be such a class act in the face of all the ignorance in the house, pretty quickly removed himself from the conversation. Doesn’t seem like Jeremy noticed though. Sigh. Clip above.

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“Big Brother” Bigotry: More Racist Crap Went Down Last Night

"Big Brother" Bigotry: More Racist Crap Went Down Last Night
KKK Barbie & GinaMarie Go After Candice

Alright, I’m running on barely any sleep because I was up realllllly late watching the “Big Brother” live feeds — don’t be jealous of my cool cosmopolitan lifestyle, you guys — and, like, couldn’t turn them off because shit was that riveting.

After Nick got evicted last night (which sent GinaMarie into a tailspin of epic proportions because she, like, loved him after two weeks even though they never even kissed) and Helen won the Head of Household competition, Aryan Aaryn, aka KKK Barbie, and her dwindling Blonde-torage (consisting of just-as-racist GinaMarie, as well as Jeremy and Kaitlin) lost it. There was the usual whining about wanting to go home, about how they can’t win now, how none of this is faaaaair, blah blah — and then there was the bullying that has become a hallmark of their “gameplay.” Keep reading »

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Aryan Aaryn From “Big Brother” Thinks Being Called Barbie Is The Same As Racism

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“They call me Barbie and all sorts of shit about me being blonde all the time, so what’s the difference? People want to paint an ugly picture of me. Any good thing that I do, people want to turn it like I’m doing it for an ulterior motive. It’s like no good deed goes unpunished in my life. Why is it okay for them to make comments about my attributes and my background and my life, and [Amanda] goes because there’s no history of going against blondes. And I’m like that’s not fair.”

– And I’m like, Aryan Aaryn from “Big Brother 15″ is not only racist but stupid as hell. This week, it seems that Aaryn, who continues to forget that there are tons of cameras and microphones broadcasting her every word to an international audience, attempted to explain her racist remarks about her fellow houseguests. See, it seems the non-white members of the house have gotten wind of the things she’s said and are none too happy. “Big Brother” houseguest Amanda advised Aryan to maybe watch her mouth, although she dismissed Aryan’s remarks as “jokes,” as if that makes it okay. But Aryan Aaryn was not going to listen to that crap! She will not be oppressed! The other houseguests call her Barbie and that is exactly the same as saying an Asian woman should make you rice! The oppression against blondes will not be ignored for a second longer! Ugh, please let this idiot get the ol’ heave-ho next week — I’m dying to see her reaction when she finds out she’s been fired from her job and America thinks she’s an asshole. [via Crushable]

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