The Talk September 5 2013
At the beginning of each summer, the co-hosts of The Talk head inside the Big Brother house to play a miniature version of the popular summer game show, hosted by The Talk’s own Julie Chen. The ladies competed once again this year to see what the competition can be like, and their episode inside the house re-aired on September 5 2013. Little did anyone know at the time how controversial this summer would be for the real houseguests, and that Julie Chen herself would find herself in the spotlight as a result. In a summer where Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen were at the center of America’s racial dialogue, who knew that Big Brother would become a part of the conversation as well?
The Talk: Big Brother Racist Contestants?
Big Brother is a summer game show where contestants are locked in a house together and isolated from the outside world. They compete in contests to control power in the game and vote each week to “evict” fellow houseguests from the competition.
All along, their every word and deed is broadcast live on the Internet for subscribers to the live, uncensored web feeds. Obsessive fans document every moment and interaction, which caused a stir when multiple contestants made racist, defamatory, and offensive comments while in the house, often targeting their fellow players.
The chatter became so deafening that Julie Chen even addressed her thoughts on the comments during an episode of The Talk in July. She was disappointed in this offensive behavior, and she got the chance to confront one of the players just last week.
The Talk: Julie Chen Vs Aaryn
When Aaryn was evicted from the Big Brother game on July 29, Julie had the task of interviewing her, as she does with each week’s ousted game player. She read back some of Aaryn’s offensive comments that were heard and broadcast from the house.
Aaryn seemed shocked by her own words, apologized for offending anyone, and suggested that was being misunderstood and that her Texas upbringing was partly to blame. Though Aaryn is still part of the game (she and other contestants are sequestered from the outside world and will ultimately vote to choose the show’s winner), her mother and friends have been vocal about their disappointment about how they feel she has been portrayed.
It will be another few weeks before Aaryn and some of her fellow players find out that their words had consequences outside the game; several of them lost their jobs, but they don’t know it yet because they have no contact with their lives outside the show. Big Brother will have its finale on September 18, which should be a very interesting night of TV!