Big Brother & that Indian Chick

I don’t watch Big Brother. Never have, never will. I can’t stand reality television. If I want to see a bunch of stupid people, I can just walk on the street or go to the pub or wherever. So, it should come as no surprise that when a bunch of illiterates are thrown into a house together, things might get a bit volatile. Like the World Cup, it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the Big Brother frenzy even for those of us who haven’t watched a single episode.

According to the front page of the Independent, Big Brother has received over 21,000 complaints regarding racism on the programme, all of it aimed at the Bollywood actress with the name that no one can remember.


Frankly, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Britain has been racist for as long as I have lived here, it’s just more subtle than in some other parts of the world. As a Jew, I’ve not suffered it too severely but I’ve felt it nonetheless. I once went out with a well educated, perfectly nice guy and reasonable person who happened to let slip when I was telling him that I like a man in a uniform that once he had dressed up as a Nazi for a fancy dress costume party. As I was lifting my jaw off the floor he added, ‘And, you know what, it really suited me too.’

Another ex, a Cambridge graduate, once tried to explain to me why ‘the Holocaust was justifed.’

So, if a few stupid people in a house say to a woman who’s income is 100 times their own that she probably ‘lives in a shack,’ are they being racist or just incredibly dumb? Well, both actually but personally, I’d rather know what side my bread was buttered on than have to live day to day with the knowledge that others resent me just as much as her, they just don’t show it.

5 Comments so far

  1. Eileen (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 9:51 am

    I haven’t been watching Big Brother, so my entire knowledge of this comes from the papers, which are always completely reliable.

    But just because the country has been racist for a long time, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to clamp down on it when we see it. And this is being done in such a blatant and public way, that if people didn’t stand up against it, it’s as good as saying that it’s ok, which it’s not.

    Like I say, I haven’t seen it, but the comments I’ve seen (out of context) do seem racist to me. But at the very least, it’s blatant bullying which is horrible, whether it’s based on skin colour or not.

  2. Shinji (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    I once dressed up as a clown, I sure hope clowns don’t do bad things.

  3. Flora (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    I agree — this is non-news to me. I liked this comedian’s quote: complaining that Jade Goody is an ill-behaved celebrity is like complaining because you trained a monkey to be a butler, and instead of serving tea, he’s throwing sh*t at the walls.

    It’s not like BB is being presented as editorial opinion!

  4. zee (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    i personally find your post to crudely written, undertones of rudeness…”that indian chick” and “the bollywood actress whose name no one can remember”….

    i think your name would be harder to remember, Ms. S. P.

    you shouldn’t throw stones when living in a glass house yourself.

  5. wasiq (unregistered) on February 6th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    shilpa rocks!

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