The Big Brother House makes people stupid.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. It actually happens every year. However, it seems the stupidity is off to a faster start than normal for #BB15.
Our latest example: Aaryn, the Texas blonde who’s fast on the draw with the showmance and, if the editing is to be believed, even faster with the racially-charged comment.
Following the departure of her showmance partner, the animal-haired David, Aaryn went on a tear in an episode that aired Sunday. Not only did she make it perfectly clear she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) have any sort of strategic aspect to her game play, instead turning the week into a revenge week on those who dared dispose of her beloved partner, but she apparently let the racist comments flow out like her rage with behind-the-back comments against Howard and Candice (who are black) and Helen (Asian). She also had a few choice comments behind Andy’s (gay) back.
The comments sent immediate ripples through the house, although it’s likely they won’t wash over Aaryn for another week or so. They will, though, and in Big Brother’s weird reality the comments may well take a back seat to the “vengeance is mine” approach she displayed in serving as Head of Household.
It was telling when Helen approached her with a proposal to work together and Aaryn blew it off, saying Helen hadn’t gotten to know her before she was a likely eviction target.
The competition has been going on for a week. A week. There’s a lot of getting to know yet to do.
How this affects Aaryn out of the Big Brother House, however, has already played out to a degree. She has been dismissed from her modeling agency, and she’s not the only one to suffer the consequences of loose lips. GinaMarie dropped at least one racist remark during the unedited feed and promptly lost her job as a pageant coordinator. Spencer, the bearded one, has been reprimanded by his boss for gay slurs and comments praising Adolf Hitler’s public speaking prowess.
The employers are taking the right tack with these individuals — simply because those comments are an embarrassment for them to deal with. Right or wrong, members of the general public will associate the personal views of employees with the company at large, so it only makes sense for employers to distance themselves from, well, stupid workers.
Back to the show: This brings in, um, questionable human beings to our homes — several times a week, in the Big Brother case — but it makes for some pretty solid TV viewing if you happen to like “reality TV.” It generates automatic conflict (a must), displays characters we either love or hate (necessary) and it adds another layer of suspense (needed) as the players determine how best to move forward in the game.
I know Big Brother isn’t representative of life in general. It’s way, way too contrived for that. I just hope this season isn’t a representation of attitudes we as Americans have about other human beings. If it is, we have a much greater distance to cover when it comes to tolerance and acceptance than a lot of people would care to admit.
I’ve said for a while that stupidity can be impressive. And this year’s season of Big Brother is a classic example. In case you were wondering, the latest segments of the saga are tonight and tomorrow night on CBS.