Big Brother star Nicole Franzel loses sponsorship from Olay after mocking contestant with autism

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Big Brother’s Nicole Franzel has lost an Olay endorsement after she was seen with others mocking Ian Terry, a houseguest who is on the autism spectrum.

Franzel, 28, was fired by sponsors including Olay after she was seen on a live feed with castmates Memphis Garrett, Christmas Abbott, Dani Briones making fun of Terry and his self-soothing technique of rocking back and forth.

In the incident, Garrett compared Ian to the young boy from The Shining, mimicking the child’s ‘Red rum’ line and saying he may have nightmares of Ian rocking at the end of his bed. 

The latest: Big Brother's Nicole Franzel, 28, has lost an Olay endorsement after she was seen with others mocking Ian Terry, a houseguest who is on the autism spectrum

Franzel, 28, was fired by sponsors including Olay after she was seen on a live feed with castmates Memphis Garrett, Christmas Abbott, Dani Briones making fun of Terry and his self-soothing technique of rocking back and forth

The latest: Big Brother’s Nicole Franzel, 28, has lost an Olay endorsement after she was seen with others mocking Ian Terry, a houseguest who is on the autism spectrum 

Briones told Franzel that watching Ian rock back and forth stressed her out.

‘I can’t even look at him sometimes because his constant movement, it stresses me out – do you feel like that?’ she asked Franzel.

Franzel replied, ‘Yeah I do sometimes … I feel mean saying that, but I’ll literally have to move to a point where I can’t see him out of my peripheral vision.’

As the incident made headlines, people began tweeting at sponsors for Franzel – who previously appeared on 2014’s Big Brother 16 and won the show two years later – calling for accountability for her actions.

Cruel: Terry was the subject of cruel jokes made by Big Brother contestants making fun of his autism self-soothing techniques

Cruel: Terry was the subject of cruel jokes made by Big Brother contestants making fun of his autism self-soothing techniques

She said of Ian, 'I literally have to move to a point where I can't see him out of my peripheral vision'

She said of Ian, ‘I literally have to move to a point where I can’t see him out of my peripheral vision’

Olay wrote to one user, ‘Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We no longer have a business relationship with this person and have no plans for future work together.

‘We have zero-tolerance for bullying and we do not support the behavior displayed by this person.’

The Ubly, Michigan native also lost her gig endorsing Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle, who said on Thursday they had taken ‘immediate action’ to sever ties with Franzel after reviewing the incident.

Quick to act: As the incident made headlines, people began tweeting at sponsors for Franzel - who previously appeared on 2014's Big Brother 16 and won the show two years later - calling for accountability for her actions

Quick to act: As the incident made headlines, people began tweeting at sponsors for Franzel – who previously appeared on 2014’s Big Brother 16 and won the show two years later – calling for accountability for her actions

The Ubly, Michigan native also lost her gig endorsing Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle, who said on Thursday they had taken 'immediate action' to sever ties with Franzel after reviewing the incident

The Ubly, Michigan native also lost her gig endorsing Winery Chateau Ste. Michelle, who said on Thursday they had taken ‘immediate action’ to sever ties with Franzel after reviewing the incident

The others could be seen laughing as the bullying continued

The others could be seen laughing as the bullying continued 

The brand said they ‘decided to end [their] collaboration now and in the future’ with Franzel, adding, ‘We do not tolerate or condone discrimination or bullying of any kind.’

The corporate moves came as group of Big Brother personalities called out Franzel and other cast members for their conduct.

Alum Kat Dunn post a list of ‘strengths that come with Autism’ to which Kaysar Ridha said, ‘People on the spectrum are some of the best our society has to offer.

‘I’m mortified by the actions of these Big Brother houseguests. Before leaving I reminded Ian to never let anyone laugh at him. Ever. Period. #BB22.’

Repercussions: The corporate moves came as group of Big Brother personalities called out Franzel and other cast members for their conduct

Repercussions: The corporate moves came as group of Big Brother personalities called out Franzel and other cast members for their conduct

'It stresses me out': Memphis Garrett was among the contestants making fun of Ian Terry on Big Brother: All-Stars

‘It stresses me out’: Memphis Garrett was among the contestants making fun of Ian Terry on Big Brother: All-Stars

Bullying: He even said he may have nightmares of Ian rocking at the end of his bed

Bullying: He even said he may have nightmares of Ian rocking at the end of his bed

Janelle Pierzina, who appeared on season 22 until last month, also commented on the incident, saying that ‘instead of laughing they should be standing up for Ian,’ as ‘He has a disability.’

Season 21’s Kat Dunn posted a series of links detailing autism resources, looking to steer the discussion toward a more positive note.

‘If you’re on the spectrum and watching these clips, please don’t feel “weird” or any less amazing than you are,’ Dunn said. ‘Instead of crowding your timeline with more trash, I’m going to tweet out some other links with more important (and reputable) information for you to see #bb22.’

Season 15’s Andy Herren put some of the onus on the network, adding, ‘If production can tell houseguests to stop singing, they can tell houseguests to stop making fun of someone with autism.’ 

This is not the first time Big Brother contestants have been slammed for making racist or offensive remarks.

In a 2019 statement, CBS and show producers condoned some of the opinions expressed by their contestants.

‘At times, the houseguests say things that we do not condone,’ read the statement obtained by Us Weekly. ‘We share some of the viewers’ concerns about inappropriate behavior and offensive comments, and producers have addressed specific incidents with the houseguests involved. 

‘However, there is absolutely no truth that the casting of the show is racially motivated, that the houseguests’ behavior is predetermined or that the outcome is controlled in any way.’

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