Thursday night, Aaryn Gries’s housemates on the TV show Big Brother agreed unanimously to kick her off. One of their complaints was that Gries spouted racism on a regular basis. Gries, however, explained in a post-eviction interview that she’s not racist, she’s just Texan.
Interviewer Julie Chen conducted Gries’s post-exit interview. She took the opportunity to ask Gries about the way she mocked Asians, said negative things about blacks, and called a gay houseguest “queer” (although, actually, that’s what militant gays insist they are when they change “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.”)
Gries responded that “I did not mean to ever come off as racist.” The problem, instead, is that she’s just an unappreciated Texan. “In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don’t mean it. I feel how bad it is being seen and how I’ve come across to people. I don’t want to seem like that person.” While Gries isn’t necessarily sorry for what she said, she is sorry that she offended people. “I apologize to anyone I offended for that. That was not meant to be serious and if I said those things, I feel horrible for that. I regret that.”
Gries, an aspiring model, was unaware at the time she gave this interview that her modeling agency had dropped her because of her behavior in the house.
As for us, we think that Gries is a plant by Illinois or California, states that have disastrous economies and that are trying to “dis” Texas, one of the few states in America that has a free market and a thriving economy. We had the pleasure of living in Texas for several years – a (formerly) liberal Jew in a primarily Christian conservative state – and were never treated with anything but respect.