Drumroll please ... Aaryn Gries' Valentine this year WAS A BLACK MAN -- so says the black man himself, and he insists it's proof the "Big Brother" villain isn't the disgusting racist she portrayed on TV.
Shawn Onyechi tells TMZ, he knows Gries from college in Texas and they were pretty close before she left for "Big Brother."
They didn't date, but Shawn says they were Valentines this year ... and he knows for a fact she's NOT the racist pig she appeared to be on the reality show.
Shawn even tweeted, "Who thinks Aaryn Gries from big brother is racist? I've heard her comments, but personally I KNOW otherwise."
Quick recap: Aaryn's said a bunch of racist crap on the show, including this reference to a black contestant: "Be careful what you say in the dark, you might not be able to see that bitch."
Aaryn has since been evicted from the "Big Brother" house, and in her defense she said she's not racist ... she's just Texan.
'Big Brother' Aaryn
TOOK A BLACK GUY TO PROM
... Says Mom
9/3/2013 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" villain Aaryn Gries CAN'T be the homophobic racist she appears to be ... because she took a black guy to her high school prom, this according to Aaryn's mom.
We're still waiting for the photographic evidence ... but Aaryn's mom reached out to the L.A. Times and insisted it's true.
There's more ... Aaryn's mom also says the reality star once dated a "Cuban American."
Still more ... Aaryn's mom says the reality star recently sponsored a Filipino child through a charity and "she has cousins of Japanese descent who she truly loves."
Despite all of that ... Aaryn's mom says, "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother.'"
"These inappropriate comments certainly do not represent the value system under which her father and I have raised her."
As for gays, Elizabeth says Aaryn "has never discriminated against anyone for their sexual orientation whether within our family or not. Aaryn truly loves all people equally."
Sure ... as long as they're not cooped up with her in the same house.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
8/31/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lots happened this week ... most notably Lamar Odom slipping deeper into trouble over his addiction. So we gotta ask ...
'Big Rich Texas' Star
to Aaryn Gries
Texans Are NOT Racist
8/31/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" star Aaryn Gries embarrassed the entire Lone Star state last night when she blamed her racist remarks from the show on growing up in Texas ... this according to "Big Rich Texas" star Bon Blossman.
In case you missed ... Aaryn was evicted from the "Big Brother" house Thursday night ... and told Julie Chen she's NOT a bigot, despite mocking Asians, putting down black people and calling a gay housemate "queer" during her stint inside the BB house.
Aaryn explained, "In Texas, we say things. Sometimes we joke and we don't mean it."
But according to Bon, Aaryn is talking out of her nicely-toned racist ass -- telling TMZ, "This is NOT how we were raised in Texas."
"I watched 'Big Brother' this season, and was embarrassed that [Aaryn] brought such negative attention to one of the most friendly, welcoming states in the United States."
She added ... "Aaryn's comments were an outrage," and ... "This type of behavior is not tolerated by anybody that I know ... and I was born and raised in Texas."
Bon thinks what Aaryn really needs is some tough love, saying ... "We can't ignore behavior like that or she won't learn."
Since Aaryn made it to the "Big Brother" jury house, she's still sequestered from the outside world and doesn't know how big of a villain she's become. But it seems she's in for a rude awakening.
'Big Brother' Aaryn
I'm Not Racist, I'm Just Texan
8/30/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaryn Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house Thursday night ... and on her way out, she told Julie Chen she's not really a racist, she's just a misunderstood Texan.
Seriously ... Gries -- who mocked Asians, trashed black people and referred to a gay houseguest as a "queer" during her stint on the reality competition show -- had the cojones to look Chen in the face and say, "I did not mean to ever come off as racist."
Here's her ridiculous explanation:
"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."
Aaryn -- who told Julie she doesn't remember ever making a racist comment in the house -- added, "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."
Julie -- being the badass that she is -- didn't let Aaryn off the hook and READ some of the offensive comments right to Aaryn's face as Aaryn sat there like a racist, homophobic deer in headlights.
FYI -- Aaryn still has no idea she's been dropped by her modeling agency over her behavior in the house ... because she's made it to the "jury house" and will remain sequestered from the outside world until the show ends in September.
'Big Brother' Contestant
Probed By Cops Over
Child Porn Jokes
8/7/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" contestant Spencer Clawson just learned a valuable lesson about child porn ... don't even joke about that crap ... because cops will go after you.
In case you didn't see the clips from this week -- Clawson grabs the microphone attached to McRae (another houseguest) and while pretending to be McRae, Spencer goes off on this really uncomfortable riff about child porn, saying, "I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y'all about that? I love it. Beating off to child porn is my favorite thing there is."
You'd think he'd stop there, but no ... he kept going, saying, "I love it when they're around three or four years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they're in a basement."
And the jokes didn't go unnoticed ... especially by Spencer's hometown police in Arkansas.
Chief AJ Gary from the Conway Police Department in Arkansas tells TMZ, "The Conway Police Department was alerted to comments made. Due to the nature of the comments, our department moved quickly to look into the matter. At this time we haven't found that any criminal act was committed."
Good news, but still ... don't make child porn jokes. They're not even funny.
'Big Bro' Winner Mike 'Boogie'
LOSES EXTORTION CASE
7/16/2013 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" winner Mike 'Boogie' Malin got voted out by a California appeals court, which just ruled his claim that a business partner and her lawyer tried extorting him was ridiculous.
Shereen Arazm sued her former business partners Boogie and Lonnie Moore, claiming they siphoned money away from their restaurant, Geisha House. Before filing the lawsuit, Arazm's lawyer, pit bull Marty Singer sent Boogie a demand letter, essentially saying if they didn't ante up quickly ... all the sordid details would surface in a suit.
Boogie sued Singer for extortion, but today the California Court of Appeals scoffed at the claim and threw it out. The court said Singer's letter was par for the course in lawsuits -- making a claim to settle, or else.
Bottom line -- Boogie's extortion claim was bogus. Boogie also accused Singer of illegal wiretapping and computer hacking. Those accusations remain part of the ongoing case.
Candice from 'Big Brother'
Mom Furious at Aaryn
She's a Racist Devil
7/13/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mother of the female African-American houseguest on "Big Brother" says she's seen ENOUGH racism on the show ... and her church is so fed up with the bigotry, they're calling for a BOYCOTT.
TMZ spoke with Candice Stewart's mother Hazel ... who tells us it "hurts" to watch a disgusting racist like Aaryn direct her bigoted hatred speak at her daughter.
"She's a devil," Hazel says. "She's mean and a racist."
As we previously reported, Aaryn's been on a racist tear in the house -- most recently mocking Candice by speaking in a super-racist "black voice" that would probably make the KKK blush.
Hazel says her family church has also become concerned ... saying, "They will no longer watch 'Big Brother' anymore because of the racism. The community thinks Candice is being bullied."
"If I would have known this is the way the show would turn out, I would have convinced Candice not to go."
Race War Explodes
Aaryn Mocks Black Houseguests
7/12/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The race war inside the "Big Brother" house came to a head last night ... when racist Aaryn picked a fight with a black female contestant ... and MOCKED her by saying, "Whatchu gon do, gurl?"
She continued in an over-the-top stereotypical black voice ... saying, "Whatchu gon do gurrl ... class girl? Where's yo class?" (drama begins at the 2:00 mark)
It was disgusting and vile -- a callback to a white slavemaster talking to a slave on a plantation.
Eventually, Candice -- who's African American -- stood up for herself ... only for another female contestant, GinaMarie, to get in her face ... saying, "You want the black to come out?"
As things got even more intense, Howard -- who's also black -- grabbed Candice and begged her to stand down and not fight with the other racist houseguests.
FYI -- the fight started over a "prank" Aaryn pulled on Candice -- by flipping over her mattress.
Candice broke down in tears after the confrontation. Aaryn probably scouted for wood to burn a cross.
David From 'Big Brother'
Still Rooting for Aaryn
... Despite the Racist Stuff
7/10/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Evicted "Big Brother" guest David Girton -- the blonde surfer dude who made out with Aaryn -- says he's still rooting for his on-screen flame ... despite all the racist crap she's said inside the house.
David -- who got the boot in week 1 -- tells TMZ he didn't hear many of Aaryn's offensive comments when he was in the house ... but says he was "shocked" when he watched the footage at home.
"People are saying I'm racist too because I was with Aaryn," David says ... "That is not me."
David says he's not convinced Aaryn's a bigot -- but will continue to watch the show to see her "true colors." In fact, he says he's still rooting for Aaryn to win.
So how does Dave's MOTHER feel about his BB experience?
“My mom is glad I got off the show early. There are a lot of mean people on the show. She was worried that if I was on the show longer, they would have an impact on me."
Blessing in disguise?
'Big Brother' Host Julie Chen
By Our Racist Houseguests
7/9/2013 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sure, she plays it cool on the show ... but "Big Brother" host Julie Chen says she's well aware of all the disgusting racist comments being made inside the house ... and she's offended.
Julie and her husband, CBS honcho Les Moonves, were leaving Craig's in L.A. last night when we asked how she felt about houseguest Aaryn's racist comments about Asians.
"Personally, I was offended," Chen told TMZ ... "I was offended by all the comments -- the anti-gay, the anti-black, but especially the anti-Asian ones ... for obvious reasons."
Still, Chen says she's hopeful Aaryn will be able to "change the way she thinks" after she leaves the BB house.
Chen does take one thinly-veiled shot at Aaryn when asked about the houseguest being dropped by her modeling agency -- check out the clip.
Spencer's Mom Swears
My Son's Not a Bigot!
7/9/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" star Spencer Clawson is not a Hitler-loving bigot -- he's just saying terrible things so his racist friends in the house will like him ... so says Spencer's mother.
TMZ spoke with Donna Clawson ... who insists her son wasn't showing his true colors when "BB" cameras caught him praising Hitler and referring to a gay housemate as "Kermit the f**."
"Spencer really is a great guy," she tells us ... "This is not a guy that’s a bigot or a racist. And he’s not that way at home. He's a great guy."
So why would Spencer say such horrible things? Mama Clawson says her son is just trying to fit in with the racist, homophobic people in the house ... because it's the only way he can win the reality show.
"If you're in a group, you go along with the group talk and that is what is happening with him."
She adds, "This is a reality show. The purpose of the show is scheming behind each other's backs."
"Spencer might not be perfect but he's my son. All those kids are somebody's child. He's a good guy."
Puts Racist Houseguest
7/8/2013 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The bigotry under the "Big Brother" roof has finally made it to television -- 'cause last night, the show aired a segment featuring Aaryn basically auditioning for the KKK.
Among the highlights ... Aaryn mocks Asian people, refers to a gay contestant as a "queer" ... and makes fun of a black person for good measure.
The segment featured commentary from some of the other guests, who seem to have noticed Aaryn's disgusting comments ... but no one had the stones to call her out for it.
In fact, Howard -- an African American houseguest -- said the comments "hurt and are disrespectful" ... but said addressing the issue might hurt his chances to win the game.
YOU FRIGGIN' WUSS!!!!!!
As for Aaryn, she's been dropped by her modeling agency in Texas.
She's not the only bigot who's been exposed in the house -- GinaMarie Zimmerman was also bounced from her day job from comments she made in the house, and Spencer Clawson seems to be on his way out from his regular gig as well.