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

Aaryn Defends Herself
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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

Aaryn Defends Herself
Aryan Aaryn From "Big Brother" Thinks Calling Her Barbie Is The Same Thing As Racism
The other "BB" houseguests call her Barbie and THAT'S just like racism. Read More »
Watch "Big Brother"
4 Reasons You Should Watch "Big Brother"
Seriously, here are four reasons to DVR the reality show. Read More »
Chart: "BB15" Bigotry
Big Brother Bigotry: Racism, Sexism & Homophobia, Oh My!
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Aaryn Gries
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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.

Kristin Cavallari Barters For Cab Fare From Paps

See here, paps — if you want Kristin Cavallari’s photograph, it will cost you.

“Laguna Beach”‘s resident bitch tried to cut a deal with photographers as she stumbled out of Hooray Henry’s in West Hollywood, Calif., Wednesday night after what we’re guessing was a few vodka sodas. As a pack of voracious paparazzi begged her to pose, clever K Cav offered to cut them a deal. Read more at Celebuzz…

James Franco Is Getting His Own Reality Show!

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James Franco Is Getting His Own Reality Show!

I’m currently somewhere between the Amusement and Attraction stages of the Lifecycle of Emotional Reactions to James Franco. (So funny! So cute! Even with his “Spring Breakers”‘ cornrows.) But as one’s feelings about James are forever evolving, I know it won’t be long before I’m making my way through the Admiration, Annoyance and Abhorrence stages, coming full circle (again and again). Something tells me that I’ll be firmly entrenched in the latter stage once Franco’s reality show, “James Franco Presents,” makes its debut on Ovation in November. Keep reading »

Teresa & Joe Giudice Appear In Court, Plead Not Guilty To Fraud

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  • Something tells me Teresa Giudice would not appreciate her courtroom sketch. She and Juicy Joe pleaded not guilty to fraud charges today in New Jersey court. [PeopleTwitpic]
  • New couple alert? Will Arnett is dating celebrity chef (and Billy Joel’s ex) Katie Lee. Sorry, but The Frisky is firmly Team Amy in this divorce. [In Touch]
  • Justin Bieber posted a picture of himself on Instagram giving money to a homeless woman. How humble. [Crushable]
  • Sam Horowitz, the Bar Mitzvah dancing star, will appear at New York Fashion Week next month. Watch your back, Tavi. [Racked] Keep reading »

This Alternate “Hills” Ending Makes Lauren Conrad Look Kind Of Evil

"The Hills" Finale
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"It's hard to say goodbye."

“The Hills” is long gone, but the faux reality memories live on. In this newly released alternate ending, we get a different “choose your own adventure” conclusion. This time, Brody says goodbye to Kristen and hello to Lauren. And Lauren? She smiles and laughs in a kind of evil way. It’s possible that this was actually the intended final message — Lauren Conrad is a bitch you just don’t wanna mess with? What do you think? Which ending do you prefer? [MTV]

LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian Get Reality Show

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She gives it to Eddie whenever he wants it! Read More »
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  • LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian got the inevitable reality show: it’ll be called “LeAnn & Eddie” and air on VH1. [NYMag.com]
  • Here’s a video of Lady Gaga nude in a forest. [TMZ]
  • Weirdest casting news ever: Amber Tamblyn is joining the cast of “Two & A Half Men.”
  • Diversity on the runways: still sucks. [New York Times]
  • Of course Kim Kardashian will design a baby clothing line. [Styleite] Keep reading »

MTV Orders Up Reality Show About Virgins

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"Pro-abstinence" panties will keep teen girls from getting pregnant, right? Read More »
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MTV reality show about virgins

There’ve been teen moms. There’ve been “guidos.”  There’ve been rednecks. The next cultural subgroup to get the MTV reality show treatment are a little more, well, innocent: virgins. The hour-long “docu-soap” will follow a group of 18- to 25-year-olds who are remaining abstinent. Some will undoubtedly be tempted and struggling with their abstinence, while I imagine others will give voice to a segment of the population — young, cool and not having sex — who aren’t often portrayed on MTV. Keep reading »

Hola, Juan Pablo: The New “Bachelor” Is Actually Someone I Want To Bang!

As has become tradition, last night, ABC announced that a cast member from Desiree Hartsock’s season of “The Bachelorette” would be the next “Bachelor.” I anticipated that this would be the case, but I didn’t dare get my hopes up that the reality tv dating show’s producers would actually select a guy I liked to be their latest hunk — without fail, they pick one of the guys I was bored to tears by. Jason Meznick, Bob Guinney, Sean Lowe … yawn. Surely, ABC would continue to pick the safe option and recruit Drew or Zak, with their schmaltzy love songs and sob stories, to be the next “Bachelor.” But something crazy happened — ABC actually picked someone I, and the rest of America if I’m being honest, wants to fuck.

Ladies, the next “Bachelor” is Juan Pablo Galavis, the Venezuelan former soccer player and single father of a young daughter. That sound you hear? Panties. Dropping. Keep reading »

“Bachelorette” Desiree Hartsock Gets Blindsided In Part 1 Of Season Finale

"Bachelorette" Desiree Hartsock Gets Blindsided In Part 1 Of Season Finale
Well, This Date Didn't Go As Planned...
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So that is what I looked like from the outside when my fiance dumped me out of the blue! Just like Des on part one of “The Bachelorette” season finale, which aired last night (the conclusion airs next Monday). Desiree, who had narrowed her choices down to three men — Drew, Chris and Brooks —  clearly thought she had found true love with one of them … but it turned out his feelings for her were less, um, sure and so he decided to bail (for now — I suspect he comes back for part two of the season finale, because, seriously, where can Des go from here?), catching Des seriously off guard. It was really, really upsetting to watch because A) Des is so genuinely heartbroken and shocked, and B) it was like watching myself five years ago. Cringe. Watch all 17 minutes and 36 seconds wretched minutes in the three clips above! Keep reading »

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