'BB15' Cast on Racism, Firings & The Winner!

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Amanda

By JARETT WIESELMAN

September 19, 2013

ETonline: What did you think of tonight's vote?
Amanda: I was surprised that it wasn't unanimous. GM fell ass-backwards into those chairs and Andy played a phenomenal game. He's the only person who played me. I don't know how she got any votes. GM isn't that great with thinking on her toes, or thinking at all, she floated through most of the game and I don't even think she deserves the $50,000 for second place. She should take that and run.

ETonline: Well she's going to need it because she was fired from her job for the things she said in the house.
Amanda: Oh! I didn't know that! Wow.

ETonline: What do you think of that behavior having real world implications?
Amanda: You know, this is the first time we were all in the public eye and I think a lot of us misspoke. I don't think anything was said to hurt anybody, I think it was just ignorance. I'm sure I said things too, which I'm deeply apologetic for. I didn't want to hurt anyone.

ETonline: You started the season very aware of the impact of racially charged comments and then went on to make a lot of them yourself. Why?
Amanda: I know, I know. I just found out today that those comments were being held against me. I'm surprised by that. There was no malicious intent behind any of that. The thing is, I'm not racist. I've lived in places that are very mixed, culturally. I make racy jokes. I think a lot of the things I said were taken out of context, but it doesn't matter, there's no excuse for the things I said and, again, I apologize to anyone I offended.

ETonline: Do you think anyone in this house is a racist?
Amanda: I don't think anyone is really racist in the house. I think people said stupid things, including myself.

ETonline: You seemed to be, at least in the beginning, the only one standing up to the racists. Why?
Amanda: Here's the thing about the BB house that makes me want to kill myself: nobody wants to say anything because nobody wants to be on the radar. Everybody holds their tongue because they don't want to be caught in a fight. Obviously that's not me. I say it how it is, if I have an opinion I'm going to say it and everyone else can go screw themselves.

ETonline: Any regrets?
Amanda: Besides all the ignorant comments I made, my biggest regret is showing my cards, from a game standpoint. I'm a bragger, what can I say.

ETonline: So no regrets about unleashing Bubbie on Elissa? Some people are calling you a bully for that.
Amanda: I can see how it would be misconstrued but bullying is a really popular topic right now and I was just trying to be a strong woman playing a strong game. I think that was very one-sided. Elissa is very passive aggressive and she poked me one too many times. I regret some of the personal things I said about her, it definitely wasn't necessary, but a lot of that was gameplay. I was trying to torment her so Andy could go and make it better. It was the wounded=animal method. We're playing a game, and it worked.

ETonline: There are rumors online that you and McCrae knew eachother before this game. True or false?
Amanda: [laughs] What? Absolutely not! We did not know each other -- he's from Minnesota, I've never even been there. We did not know each other whatsoever.

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