Uh-oh, Mom’s mad!
When “Big Brother” contestant Aaryn Gries was evicted from the house last Thursday night, she had to face host Julie Chen’s hard questions about her use of offensive slurs.
Still sequestered as part of the jury, the 22-year-old has yet to face an even tougher critic: her own mother.
Elizabeth Owens released a statement to the Los Angeles Times apologizing for her daughter’s racist and homophobic remarks.
“While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on ‘Big Brother,’” she said. "These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her.”
Gries also has no idea that she was let go by her modeling agency and is considered a villain by many viewers — though she got the idea of the latter when a live audience booed and laughed at her during the post-eviction interview.
Watch Aaryn's "Big Brother" eviction interview right here:
A flustered Gries seemed shocked at Chen’s line of questioning and the audience’s reactions.
“I do not remember saying those things,” Gries, as the live audience booed and actually laughed.
“That was not meant to be serious. If I said those things, I feel horrible for that and I regret that. I don’t even know what to say about that.”
And though Owens didn’t approve of her daughter’s comments, she also blamed CBS and “Big Brother” producers for exploiting a young woman’s mistakes. Owens pointed out that Gries is 22, that she attended prom with an African-American friend, and that she has cousins of Japanese descent.
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“It appears that it was beneficial for 'Big Brother' to focus on the negative comments made by Aaryn to boost ratings," Owens said. "Again, I DO NOT condone those inappropriate comments, but I — and I am sure the entire 'Big Brother' audience — would have appreciated the show's producers also airing her complete statement acknowledging the mistakes she made and more of her apologies to the Houseguests while still 'in the house.'"
In response to Owens’ criticism, CBS said, "We believe the show has handled a very difficult situation appropriately, and that Aaryn's comments on the live 24/7 Internet feed and on the broadcast speak for themselves."
While Owens may be a tough mama, she’s also her daughter’s biggest champion. After the September 15 “Big Brother” finale, Owens believes Gries herself will apologize and use her behavior to “bring light and change to the important subject of racism.”
"Big Brother" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 9 p.m., and Sundays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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