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Saturday, January 28, 2006

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

So Big Brother has ended. And surprise, surprise the so called non-celebrity has won. The fact that in the weeks that Chantelle Houghton has been in the house certain lads mags have been printing pictures of her topless has nothing to do with any agent of course. I, myself as a non-celeb has an agent looking after my affairs, as I'm sure all you do too. How else would those carefully taken pictures of my secret assignations with Hollywood starlets get in the papers ;-)

I don't believe the voting patterns either. Now I don't really watch BB but I do keep up with what's going on. I think we have been manuipulated even more than usual here. I believe that the programme makers know who is going to win before the show starts. I'm not saying that Houghton or anyone else in the house is complicit in this deception, but I think we don't really get a true picture of what is going on. We are being manipulated in my opinion.

Which leads me to the main reason for this post. Big Brother has been going for six seasons now with about 70 people being involved. Why haven't there been any crips involved? We had black and asian contestants and gay and straight contestants. We've had men and women contestants.And we've had Pete Burns!! Why have there been no disabled comtestants. It can't JUST be because the Big Brother House is the most inaccessible house in the country can it? There must be some other more sinister reason.

There must have been, by the law of averages, some disabled people who have applied to Big Brother. Have any of these been interviewed or auditioned? Why hasn't there been a wheelchair user, or a blind person, a deaf person, a mobility impaired person or a diabetic in Big Brother. Is it because the production company doesn't want to show how a disabled person lives their life day to day? Maybe it would be too much trouble to adapt the house if the need be. Maybe they don't want to give a disabled person the opportunity to be in the game. Maybe BB really is a reflection of society and the opportunities denied us in the real world are reflected by Big Brothers continued refusal to have a disabled person in the house.

Or are we just too clever to get involved in this maniplulative nonsense. I hope this is the reason we haven't had anyone taking part rather than any discrimination. I fear I might be wrong though.


Blogger Charlesdawson said...

I have noticed over the years that, if a film entered for the Oscars has a disabled character in a main part, that actor always gets an Oscar.

Sometimes it's justified, sometimes not. Tom Hanks is a nice man, but to win an Oscar two years running?? One for a part of a guy with learning difficulties, one for a guy dying of AIDS.

Now that, I am sure, is because the Oscar voters wouldn't want to be seen voting down a poor cripple or AIDS victim - political correctness.

So it might be that the producers of BB are afraid that, if they had someone disabled on the prog, s/he would be the inevitable winner from Day 1, bang goes all the suspense!

Diogenes gets back inside tub.

7:15 pm

Blogger Terry Funk said...

you are more or less right.

In BB4 there was a contestant called Lisa (brought in some way into the show as a replacement for someone) who suffered from asthma, and indeed suffered an asthma attack during the show. Also, the amount of 'visually impared' contestants must be close to 50%.

But i know what you mean. I would imagine the produceres are scared about the tasks (which can be quite physical) & insurance, not saying its right, but i guess it crossed their mind. I remember a couple of years back they were activly asking for disabled contestants (for BB5 i think) but wasn't any on it - did any apply? and lets be fair, they are after a certain 'type' of person, and 99.9% of us DO NOT fit the criteria (disabled or not).

Not sure if you are aware but the US version of Big Brother has already had a disabled person in it - Eddie McGee who is in a wheelchair,& he actually won the show in 2000, so maybe charles dawson has a point. This also seems to be the case in 'pop idol' type shows where everyone will vote for the person with the lisp.

keep on a rockin

the funksta

3:04 pm

Blogger Terry Funk said...

just found the criteria for applying for BB (see section 5):--

If you want to apply these are some of the things you need to know:


2. You must be a permanent resident in the UK.
3. Employees, officers, directors and agents of Channel 4 or Endemol Entertainment UK, and/or any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and the immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where they live) or members of their households are not eligible to be contestants on Big Brother or participate in this application process.

4. If you know, or have ever known any employees of Channel 4 or Endemol you must state this on your application form. This will not automatically disqualify you from taking part as a contestant on Big Brother, but it is important that you inform us.

5. No one will be excluded from taking part in Big Brother on the grounds of race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. We are looking for the best possible group of people regardless of their background.

3:09 pm


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