How I’ve waited for this moment. The moment where I know there will be no more Big Brother (BB).
Aptly, the year 2000 hosted the first ever UK BB. I don’t think anyone could have predicted the impact the series has had on British society in the last 10 years and the way we consume and approach fame/media. The fast dying world of magazine publishing was given a mid-life kick in the form of celeb gossip weeklies (Heat, Now, Closer, etc) which most of its crazy content derived from the show and its characters. Brain cell killing drivel like Chantelle and I forget his name’s love affair/marriage/sham I don’t know what to call it, but I do know it was all wrong, was the exact fodder they loved and ‘we’ consumed with glee.
BB has been a good tool in highlighting current social attitudes on a number of issues, particularly race. A high number of complaints has been lodged by the browner parts of UK society regarding misrepresentation and just downright ignorant racism displayed by the characters and then being allowed to air by Channel 4. Who could forget ‘Shilpagate’ which signalled the descent of the Big Brother generation’s finest princess; Jade Goody. I found the scenes from this series a firm confirmation of what I’ve always known; racism is not a preserve of those over 40! It’s alive and kicking in British society and young people do it too! Oh the joy in the things we have to look forward to?!
I turned off from BB a couple of years ago because I was really tired in seeing villains painted of people who were too naive to play the game for their long-term benefit. BB is primetime pantomime; but with this lacklustre production, there’s no audience shouting ‘behind you’ and there’s an audience of millions across the UK and the vying tabloids waiting for your blood to spill.
Housemates whose blood has spilt are pictured below, how naive they were and now we ask: ‘where are they now?’ I don’t actually care what the answer is to that one
Well, I’m sure there will be more promotion of this crazed TV show (which at first I thought was a great social experiment) so I will keep my post short(ish). I will never forget the scene where Nasty Nick got found out by his housemates to be ‘playing the game’…what a classic TV moment, but it fast sank into a horrid reflection of what modern pop/celeb culture is…not pretty nor healthy.
Goodnight BB, I can’t say it’s been good but, it has been entertaining, in a car crash kind of way. I do but wonder, what type of fresh hell you have for us this year, I just hope it’s not the same predictable rubbish…