The racism has become so prevalent in the "Big Brother" house that CBS aired a disclaimer -- which Variety called "unprecedented" -- about the issue at the opening of the latest episode. In part, the disclaimer read: "At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by a Houseguest are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS."
That was the first clue that the network was going to dive fully into exploring at least some of the racism that has sparked national headlines so far this summer. Once again, Aaryn found herself at the center of the controversy -- and yet she remains convinced that she's ever said anything racist -- after she verbally attacked Candice.
First, she flipped Candice's mattress against the wall, and then started mocking her with a "ghetto voice" when Candice got upset about the bed. It was an incredibly hostile situation that was escalating until Howard literally picked Candice up and removed her from the room. He then talked her down, while dealing with his own anger at the blatant racism. He acknowledged that it was an unfair situation, and an intolerable one, but their best move was to keep their cool. No matter how hard it was at times.
Aaryn did apologize to Candice during the broadcast, which Candice accepted. At least, she accepted it to Aaryn's face. In a confessional, she said that she didn't believe it. Still, HitFix admired Candice for this move, seeing it as gameplay. "I hadn't felt Candice was much of a competitor, but if she can do this, she's got game," they wrote.
RealityRewind thinks Aaryn and her cohort GinaMarie -- who's thrown some racist barbs of her own -- are delusional. They wrote, "It is insane how these girls think they are doing nothing wrong! ... Who thinks that way? What world is [Aaryn] living in?"
Aaryn and her crew could be one step closer to leaving the house, though. Helen, an Asian-American woman who's also had to deal with their harassment, won Head of Household. When it came time to pick her nominations for the week, she put up Aaryn and Kaitlin. The third nominee will be chosen by the person who wins MVP.
The controversy -- and outrage -- continues on "Big Brother," Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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