17 June 05
I can't bear to watch more than 30 seconds of this year's Big Brother - I've put the telly on a couple of times but it's so bad that after 30 seconds I can't stand it. What a bunch of media-conscious fake pratts.
I watched the very first BB all those years ago, when the Housemates didn't know what to expect, and the producers and the audience didn't know either. Everyone was innocent, and everyone acted naturally, and it was gread fun to watch. Then the tabloids and the media started to make "celebs" out of the evictees and the winners, and a whole new culture of Housemate entered the scene. People that wanted the z-list fame and knew how to act to get it. Now it's unbearable to watch because every move, every eyelid twitch, every sexy smile and every kiss, every argument, is carefully thought out by either the Housemate or the producers to create controversy, attract attention, and boost ratings or that person's future z-list status.
They know that if they give their housemate a BJ under the covers that The Sun will pay them £150k for their story, they know that if they get their tits out they will command frontpage headlines over such trivial news items like world poverty and the farcical Iraq war, they know that if they hook up with another housemate after BB, that OK and HELLO will pay them £££ for sugary stories about "Our perfect Love", then ultimately they will end up on a another trash reality TV show where they will humiliate themselves accordingly, just to stay in the spotlight a little longer.
Should we praise them for being media savvy and earning as much as they can while their star glitters temporarily? Or should we roll our eyes and brace ourselves for another crop of Jade Goodys who refuse to f*ck off, and constantly haunt us with their presence at so much as the opening of an envelope?
Watching them now isn't entertaining because they aren't behaving naturally, the fakeness is nauseating. The stunts will get even more daring to the point where Endemol will be encouraging them to have a full-on orgy, then they will pull up their prim starched collars, and say "ooh we can't show that cos it's a family programme". FFS!!!!