Big Brother Cast Members Get Fired for Negative Comments
At least three Big Brother cast members, referred to as houseguests by the show, have been fired from their day jobs for comments made in the house. The houseguests are under 24-hour surveillance, which allows viewers to hear what they’re saying not only when the show is aired, but also during live feeds and on the late night show Big Brother After Dark. If you’re not familiar with the show, a group of strangers are picked to live in a house for three months and are under constant watch. They have competitions to determine a Head of House (HOH) who then puts up nominees for eviction. Additionally, an MVP is picked each week by viewers, with that person nominating an additional candidate for eviction. Each week one person leaves the house until there are only two left, with a jury deciding who wins.
The first to get canned was Aaryn Gries, who has made several racial slurs that were caught on the live feed, which viewers can pay to watch. Gries worked for a modeling agency that promptly dropped her after finding out about what was said. Big Brother aired some of those comments on Sunday night’s television broadcast, with other houseguests complaining that Gries’ comments were offensive.
Gries was followed by GinaMarie Zimmerman, who had been working as a pageant coordinator prior to entering the house. After making racial slurs of her own, her employer of five years stated that they had no choice but to fire her.
The latest houseguest to lose their day job is Specer Clawson, a railroad conductor. He made discriminatory remarks about a fellow houseguest’s sexuality in addition to praising Hitler as having been a gifted speaker. Union Pacific Railroad released a statement saying, "The values represented by Spencer Clawson's comments during the Big Brother show do not at all align with Union Pacific's values. 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."
Big Brother has also weighed in on houseguest remarks with a statement of their own:
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 individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program.
Unfortunately for the houseguests, they have no contact with the outside world and won’t know they’re fired until they leave the house. They’ll still make money while on the show, however. The winner of Big Brother makes $500,000 and the runner-up takes home $50,000. Contestants also make around $750 per week that they’re on the show, as well as time spent in the sequester house if they’re part of the “Big Brother Jury.”
Big Brother airs on CBS Wednesday 8/7c, Thursday 9/8c, and Sunday 8/7c.
Do you think it’s fair for an employer to fire their employee when they’re not even aware of it?