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Crowds Banned From Eviction In Big Brother Race Furore

Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 17:59 by RJ Barker

Big Brother producers Endemol have anounced that all members of the public will be banned from tonight’s eviction ceremony.  This is of course due to the complaints, now totalling nearly 40 thousand, about racist abuse towards Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.  Producers fear that if 50-1 favourite Jade Goody is kicked out, as expected, a crowd could easily turn nasty in light of her and her cohorts behaviour.

Are they racist?

Is Jade Goody really deserving of the outpouring of hatred she’s probably going to receive when she’s ousted from the celebrity Big Brother house tonight?

Two very separate questions, although the media would lead you to believe otherwise.

I’m not a fan of Big Brother, let’s get that straight. I dislike the idea, I think it’s really quite a nasty piece of television. But I watch it. Mostly because my partner loves it, if it wasn’t for her I’d probably never put it on. But having watched it I have to admit it is clever, it does draw you in. So I’ve been witness to what’s going on in the house and to the antics of the Witches of Endemol.

I don’t think they’re racist.

Racism is a pretty inflammable topic, so forgive me if I seem to be splitting hairs here. This is the dictionary definition of racism:-

Rac·ism noun
1. A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. A policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. Hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

And if you’ve watched, clearly those don’t apply. They don’t hate Shilpa Shetty because of her race, her culture or her skin colour. They hate her for who she is. It’s not nice and it’s definitely not an acceptable way to act but in it’s own way it is honest. Jade Goody is little different to most people you can meet in a pub, they won’t hate you because you have curly hair but if they don’t like you the fact of your curly hair may be something they mention if they’re trying to get at you. This is what’s going on in the Big brother house.

If anything, this has a lot more to do with class than race. Shilpa is clearly well to do and brought up in a, dare I say it, much more refined way than the three girls who have chosen to pick on her. And she is difficult, she’s a bit haughty and clearly used to getting her own way. I dare say more than one of us would find dealing with her constantly, twenty four hours a day a little wearing. That doesn’t make picking on her right but neither does it make it racism.

Jade and the other two girls are going to be pilloried and made into pariahs when they come out because someone has chosen to play the race card. And in my opinion it’s unfair. What’s gone on is nothing worse (or better) than what’s happened in previous programmes and they deserve nothing worse (or better) than those who have acted in a cruel way before. Dislike them by all means, but dislike them for the right reasons.

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7 Comments on “Crowds Banned From Eviction In Big Brother Race Furore”

  1. Sue Stewart Says:

    I agree totally - though I must admit, as I haven’t been forced into watching it, I’ve only seen snippets & headlines.

    These, naturally, play up the racism issue but as you say, I don’t think that is the issue here. It’s schoolyard bullying, plain and simple - and ugly - as it is. Even the starkest portrayal of what’s gone on shows that.

  2. Eliza E. Lanyard Says:

    I saw Edwina Currie call the witches of endemol ’slags’ on Question Time earlier this week.
    Made me think of glass houses and stones for some reason.

  3. Simon Kimber Says:

    I\’ve generally avoided Big Brother, only seeing the very occasional episode, and not for a couple of years at that, but I can\’t help wondering what on earth is going through the minds of the 40,000 or so people who actually bothered to complain about all this to Channel 4 and Ofcom.

    From an outside perspective it seems obvious that these women are out of order, but surely anybody watching Big Brother is fully aware that it is unscripted and anything could happen. Isn\’t that the whole point of the show, to watch how these people behave in this situation? Complaining to the programme makers because you don\’t like that behaviour just doesn\’t make sense.

    Voyerism is a nasty business, and if you insist on doing it you should be prepared to see some nasty things.

  4. theo Says:

    This sort of ganging up on someone ‘different’ is predictable and unavoidable if the dynamics of any group are anything to go by. The weakest, the strangest, the black or white are singled out and made to feel outside, rejected,humiliated , physically attacked or put into coventry. It happens all the time in schools, workplaces and offices - its vile , cruel, thoughtless and common place. BB crime was to bring it to our screens as entertainment just one step lower than boxing and a couple of degrees away from gladitorial combat and then to continue broadcasting this turned it into the first live sadistic torture of a blameless human being. To anyone who has suffered this behaviour it has probably brought back some sickening memories of thier humiliation and hounding, memories that have scarred their psyche and blighted their life ever since. …But it was fascinating I was glued to the T.v squirming as I watched a talentless ‘celebrity’ pull the wings off a beatuiful human being reducing myself in the process to the lowest common dominator. I learnt a lot about myself because I wasn’t one of the 32,000 that complained instead I ran out and bought three now collector’s item Shhh perfume by Jade they’ll be worth ten times what I paid for them but not quite as much as Shilpa Shetty is going to make for her public martyrdom.

  5. RJ Barker Says:

    Ha! ^^ Brilliant.

    Though I’d say the fuss is over the race (non?) issue, the bullying seems to be a BB standard.

  6. theo Says:

    And now the shocking post mortem! Oh no I didn’t know they said this..etc The paparazzi spotting Jade in an indian take away..Jack leaving Jade cause o’ de pressure. Argghh.

  7. Dave Allan Says:

    I’m not sure if it’s a white V black thing, more like a thick pointless non-celebrity desperate for fame V someone who’s actually done something to become famous

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