Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Big Brother

There's an MP involved, so it must be serious if the scent of free electoral publicity has wafted its way to the House of Commons.

Worse still for Channel 4, Carphone Warehouse might review its lucrative multimillion-pound sponsorship forcing the broadcaster to do something.

The count is all over the place. If you read the Metro this morning, 20,000 people are complaining. Elsewhere its 10,000, but whatever the number it has five digits and reality TV is in for a welcome kicking.

Although Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, the focus of the alleged racist abuse, has not yet complained to the outside world it does appear she is being picked on with some racism thrown in to boot. She has, however, been reduced to tears by her gang of white working class tormentors and their manifest conservatism.

It was bound to happen you throw in morons like Jade (is it worth mentioning how sad it is that someone celebrates what a dimwit they are? Probably not), coupled with a couple of newly acquired minor celeb side kicks in the Jo O'Meara, who was in S-Club (not that there is anything wrong with Romford... OK now you mention it), Goody's boyfriend Jack Tweed and disgraced former Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd.

Keith Vaz MP was yesterday talking of an early day motion in the Commons after constituents in his Leicester East constituency contacted him. He was on Channel 4 News last night calling for the broadcaster to intervene and to set higher standards, although a vox pop done before his segment aired had several members of the public saying it was more bullying and ignorance than racism.

The text of the early day motion reads: "This house views with concern the comments made about’ Big Brother’ contestant Shilpa Shetty by other housemates; believes that ‘Big Brother’ has a role to play in preventing racist behaviour in the ‘Big Brother’ house; regrets that these comments have been made; and calls on the programme to take urgent action to remind housemates that racist behaviour is unacceptable."

It is on course to beating 'Jerry Springer: the Opera', which racked up almost 9,000 complaints when it aired, but had already picked up more than 55,000 before it aired. Those Christians know to hit the phone (should you ever be holding a telethon).

Goody has said such things to Shilpa as "She makes me feel sick. She makes my skin crawl." Her boyfriend Tweed is thought by some to have called her a "Paki" although what it was exactly he called her was bleeped out by Channel 4. The broadcaster said it wasn't racist abuse and what he actually called her was a "cunt". Well that's all right then. Lloyd called her "a dog" and also accused of her wanting to be "white". This related to use of cream to bleach her facial hair.

Channel 4 is so far doing nothing and says that much of the furore has arisen after misreporting of the exchange between Goody and Tweed ("she makes my skin crawl". However, a sponsor getting jittery could change all of that.


At 10:02 AM, Anonymous the online pixie said...

If you put stupid people on telly you must expect them to say stupid things.

Pull the show, the whole thing is a farce.

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous sunscreen said...

being crude, foul-mouthed and generally offensive has nothing to do with "manifest conservatism" no matter what you might think, so let's drop that little canard shall we?

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous I hate Jade said...

yeah gordie you're confusing conservatism with stupidity. sort it out!

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous whimsical pixie said...

I think they made a mistake when they put the Goodies in the house. Bill Oddie was never going to survive in there without some blue tits to look at.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous guy ritchie pixie said...

If we put the word "cunt" in inverted commas does that mean we can use it at will? God Gordie sometimes you're such a "fackin" "cunt".

At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Bored near midnight said...

ha ha ha pixie. it might be late now but this blog is still worth checking out.

i think this just show the underlying attitudes in the country. the majority of people i've heard speak on the subject say that this is just nasty, not racist.

its a wider debate and i think channel4 has done the right thing in showing it. imagine the furore if they didn't show the footage and it emerged later.

i do think that a comment from BB might be justified but they might then be criticised if it called a further storm with a mass racist tirade or debate in the house.

Personally, i feel that those who are surprised by the comments are very seperated from the real world. Go down to a pub and cast a tentative ear or go to the curry/kebab house and you'll hear far worse.

Is this justifiable, no. is it shocking, no.

Not everyone is liberal and educated and nor should they be. Myself, I hate such stupid comments and they are deplorable but at risk of sounding pompous or snobbish, this is the type of thing that the normal unelightened and uneducated person says.

I also think it raises a positive point in that it shows we can have such a debate. Even more overt racism occurs almost everywhere on Earth and very few people would pick up on it. Oh, hang on, is that racist.

Bugger, I need New Labour to direct me again... Oh, hang on Keith Vaz (the "dodgy passport fuck")has already commented, as has Gordon Brown. Quite rightly this has a media interest but could the politician please find something more helpful to talk about.

'Super ASBOs' for criminal masterminds and BB stories are a load of bollocks, as George Galloway should've learnt. Sort the country out first please. Its also been no surprise to see that fool Cameron giving his 2pence worth...

night time rant over, I'm going to enjoy a reclassified cigarette (i love New Labour really) and go to sleep.

keep blogging Gordie...

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Frank said...

It's a load of crap. In India they are burning effigies of the producers over it. Racism is wrong, sure, but get a sense of perspective.


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