The Shame Of Big Brother?
So a disabled person has at last been admitted to the Big Brother house. For many years now disabled people have complained that no disabled person had ever ben admitted to BB and that the Channel 4 was not a true reflection of society. This series it seems is different, a 24-year old man from Brighton in Sussex, Pete Stephenson has Tourette's Syndrome and went into the house on Thursday night.
Now I originally posted on BBC Ouch that I wouldn't watch any of this because I felt that Pete would only be included on the show as some kind of sweary freak. However, on reflection I thought I'd watch before I criticised. On Friday morning I was listening to BBC Five Live and they were talking about the entry into the house. They played one clip. Guess who? Yep, Pete. And they took the piss out of his 'bizarre' behaviour. No mention that he had Tourette's at all. Not a good omen. Then yesterday afternoon I turned on Big Brother's Little Brother on Channel 4 and the camera was focused on Pete in the garden. He was on his own and was shouting and swearing.It looked like they had what they wanted. A freak show. However, the guest in the studio, whoever they were, had taken a liking to Pete and was tipping him as a winner.
So is it just me? I'm I being too precious and protective? Is Channel 4 right in putting Pete in there. Should Pete be commended for giving it a go probably knowing that he was going to get ridiculed. It may well be that by Pete being in the house awareness about Tourette's will be raised and it will do a lot of good in the long run. Only time will tell and I hope that the directors and producers of Big Brother treat tehe subject with dignity.
I really hope that I'm proved wrong and the first disabled person on Big Brother turns out to be a positive experience.