GinaMarie Zimmerman Fired From 'Big Brother' Pageant Job After Racist Remarks
The house on CBS's long-time smash hit T.V. show "Big Brother" has always been home to a plethora of morally questionable decisions. As one current contestant on the show is finding out, however, the decisions made on that show have real-life consequences.
Resident hottie GinaMarie Zimmerman was caught using several racial slurs and otherwise insensitive remarks on the show's live feed this week. The feed can be accessed by fans at any time, and those who were logged on at the right time were privy to Zimmerman saying that an Asian housemate getting punched in the face would "set her eyes straight." She also used the n-word at one point.
Zimmerman probably should have thought about her job before making those remarks, however. As an employee and representative for East Coast USA Pageant for the past five years, Zimmerman should know by now that image is everything. Since her remarks first became public, she has been fired by the pageant.
"The East Coast USA Pageant is an outlet for girls and women to gain self-confidence, announce their platform and most importantly celebrate who they are. We believe and teach our contestants that beauty comes from within. We celebrate the diversity of our participants as all ethnicities are beautiful. We have never known this side of Ginamarie or have ever witnessed such acts of racism in the past," Lauren Handler, the National Director and CEO of East Coast USA Pageant, says in a statement.
Because the Big Brother house is cut off from communication with the rest of the world, Zimmerman doesn't know that she's been fired yet. In fact, she doesn't even realize that she's become an internet sensation this past week. CBS has, however, and they have been quick to distance themselves from her comments.
"We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on 'Big Brother,' either on any live feed from the House or during the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program," CBS said in a statement.
CBS has yet to air Zimmerman's remarks on the official T.V. show, and it appears that they may not get any air time at all. Though the remarks are undoubtedly thoughtless and without taste, there are still those who believe that because of their controversial nature they need to be put on the show.
"What's the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production's going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?" opined former Big Brother contestant Ragan Fox.