But Herren’s victory during the live finale of the CBS reality show, which isolates several participants from the outside world for the entire summer, was not really the big story of the night.
His win was overshadowed by the dismayed and uncomfortable reaction by many of the contestants after learning that this season was tarnished by controversy revolving several racist and homophobic remarks uttered inside the house. At least two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman, were fired from their jobs due to the comments.
Zimmerman of Staten Island, N.Y., who was fired from her job as a coordinator at a beauty pageant agency because of her comments, said they were not reflective of her true feelings. “I do apologize. That’s not me. Sometimes things were said out of anger. I’m Italian, and I have a big heart. I’m used to being around a lot of different races.”
Source: LA Times