And the winner is: Channel 4’s “Big Brother”.
(Unless I find something more worthy next week…!)
I find it hard to believe, that the UK is going bananas over a banal and somewhat amateurish TV programme. Surfing round the various media channels and newspaper websites, the headlines are filled with the expulsion of some nonentity from a make believe house in a “reality” show.
inmates participants have had a bit of tiff, and one of them has played the racist card. That she is a bollywood star is one thing, but no-one is allowed to be that petty, even if they are pretty and called called Shetty.
(BTW; does that rhyme with petty, or pretty..?)
Anyhow, everyone from the Archbishop of York to publicity starved politicians are up on their high horses, ranting on about racism and ignorance. The Indian government is involved because they feel victimised, again, and some 30,000 people have complained to the TV station on behalf of the “victim”. They are invoking everyone from Martin Luther King to Muhatma Gandhi and God and expressing everything from shock to sickness and diahorrea.
The TV channel management has been chastised for not intervening. I thought that was the point of the show. They don’t intervene. (Yeah, right.)
To see how far the madness has gone, one only has to read the following comments found on BBC’s website:
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown:
“I understand that in the UK there have already been 10,000 complaints from viewers about these remarks, which people see, rightly, as offensive. “I want Britain to be seen as a country of fairness and tolerance. Anything detracting from this I condemn.”Indian Minister for External Affairs Anand Sharma:
”It has caused indignation, it is most unfortunate, and any kind of racism – or racist slur – is unacceptable in any civilised society.”
UK Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell:
“I think this is racism being presented as entertainment, and I think it is disgusting. My personal view is that this has caused enormous offence not only abroad but to the Indian community here.”
Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in Mumbai’s DNA newspaper:
“I believe no-one can insult you without your permission. Shilpa Shetty has paid the price for trying to desperately seek the approval of the West. It is pathetic how we can go on bended knees and lick the boots of Westerners in an effort to be part of their world.”
Carphone Warehouse chief executive Charles Dunstone (Sponsor):
“Our concern has rapidly mounted about the broadcast behaviour of individuals within the Big Brother house. We are totally against all forms of racism and bullying and indeed this behaviour is entirely at odds with the brand values of The Carphone Warehouse. As a result, we feel that as long as this continues, we are unable to associate our brand with the programme.”
Education Secretary, Alan Johnson:
“Schools should do more to teach core British values in light of the furore over Celebrity Big Brother”.
Chairman of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, Trevor Phillips.
“Channel 4 must admit it had got it wrong”.
Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan:
“The debate has been heated, the viewing has at times been uncomfortable but, in my view, it is unquestionably a good thing that the programme has raised these issues and provoked such a debate. These attitudes, however distasteful, do persist – we need to confront that truth.
Oh, boo-hoo. Excuse me as I wipe the tear from my blurry eye. For heavens sake people. Get a life. Get real. These reality shows have nothing to do with reality. Not even close. And even if they did, they are, despite everything else, only for your entertainment. Schooled, timed, arranged and coached. No-one can convince me that there isn’t someone behind the scenes pulling the damn strings. They are not making deeper social or political comment. They are meaningless. This has more to do with TV ratings than social discord.
Get over it, grow up and spare us the BS.