Remember the last post on Shilpa Shetty and Big Brother? The lady finds herself in the middle of something else right now. Apparently people have complained to the media watch dog – Ofcom. The Guardian writes
But while Channel 4 said it will not tolerate any racist abuse on Celebrity Big Brother, the broadcaster defended its decision not to intervene in the group dynamics despite the unpleasantness, saying it had to portray events “accurately”.
“We don’t tolerate any racist abuse in any form,” the Channel 4 spokeswoman said. “Big Brother is closely monitoring all the housemates and will take appropriate measures to reprimand such behaviour where necessary.”
Channel 4 likes to make it sound like it like some sort of televised ethnography (and perhaps as we grab ourselves away from academia, maybe this is some sort of pop version of group psychology). The other day, I clearly remember it was Shilpa Shetty who started imitating people’s accents in the house. She may have done it to show her acting skills. But accents are not just about regions. They’re also a reflection of the education one can afford. So while Shilpa goes about foolishly copying accents and with great insight remarks “You don’t pronounce it like we do.”, people squirm in their colourful sofas at the Big Brother’s house. You see while some housemates may be a little racist, some of Shilpa’s infamous dialogues can come across as well – feudal.
Well so much for interesting television. For the last five minutes they’ve been showing these two women inhaling steam with towels on their heads. I can’t tell how these two housemates are. But meanwhile, I hope the photograph is remotely entertaining.
Meanwhile on YouTube there’s a lot to catch up on. Catch Shilpa in a squabble here. Such pure joy, I tell you. And here’s Jackiey calling Shilpa a nightmare. And our lady, Shilpa looks like she might start crying any minute. To be fair though, Jackiey desperately needs some behavioural modification.
But I have to admit, that this video, where Danielle calls Shilpa a dog, that something has started to go beyond stale at Big Brother’s house. Racism? Probably.