The uproarÂ over Celebrity Brother is fascinating in itself. It’s obviously succeeded in dragging back attention to a tv show that can yield several degress ofÂ watchability to theÂ test card.
THere was a greatÂ blog from TW here about the Big Brother fiasco.Â (http://www.whydontyou.org.uk/blog/2007/01/17/racism-on-big-brother/) It says it all but I still feel like adding my proverbial tuppenorth.
I have actuallyÂ watched one of these programmes. It does indeed reek of casual mindless racism. IÂ also watched a very old Celebrity Big Brother series (both in someone else’s house, I insist on adding, for the salke of my self-respect) in whichÂ Chris Eubank, a blackÂ boxer, Â was subjected to the same sort of behaviour, from people who were at least less blatantly moronic as these appalling women, no apparent outcry. Chris eubank was the firstÂ person ever to Â to be evicted from CBB.
Ironically, in both cases the contestants who were subjected to this racially basedÂ exclusion behaved with an almost incredible degree ofÂ Â forbearance. Chris Eubank seemed the only person in his house with any idea of a separation between a stage persona and a therapy session. He was calm and witty at all times. HeÂ wore silly outfits as a public-pleasing act. It didn’t work. He was obviously too sane for the house and must have struck a nerve with the largely moronic sector of the public who actually spend money on voting for these things.
These bitchy “celeb” women are not just morons. They wereÂ clearly threatened by a woman whoÂ is naturally beautiful,Â seems normally intelligent. and appears to have done something (acting) to become a “celeb.”Â The attackers have no claim on being known other thanÂ to have Â copped off with a footballer to win a beauty contestÂ or to have exhibit ed their awe-inspiring stupidity on national television.
However, their attitudes are not unique. Jade Goody’s boyfriend wasÂ casually racist enough for a dozen wags in the bit that i had the misfortune to watch.Â He didn’t even have the excuse of being a comicallyÂ outclassed female.
I take issue withÂ any approach that involvesÂ pretending that this casual racism is unique to these people andÂ that hiding it will make it go away.Â If anything, this trashÂ tv has done a service by showing the truly repulsive inature of British racism, which is unfortunately not confined to the peopleÂ at the back of the queue when theÂ mental and spititual gifts were being given out.
The very media that are now pilloryingÂ a few backwardÂ girls for giving the game away are the ones that are creating a climate of division. A trawl through the BBC’s own blog site about a woman wearing a burkha left me stunned with shock at the casually racist content of almost all theÂ posts.Â
Clearly our anti-racism strategies aren’t working.Â With apologies for pontificating, I’ll take this up in the next blog.