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Jo and Cleo Out

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So once again the voting went with the bookies – 48.4% to evict Jo, and 27.9% to evict Cleo. Jo was really no surprise anyway as the tabloids were campaigning to get her out – indeed if Danielle had been up, I have no doubt it would have been her and Jo to go instead. Having said that, Danielle did hear the crowd chanting ‘Get Jo Out’ – and I think is now even more frightened about what her reception will be. Certainly Danielle has received worse press than Jo in some respects, and also has the possibility that things may be over with her Teddy.

Interview wise, the pattern of the interview with Jo was similar to that with Jade last week, aside from a joke about her dressing gown at the beginning (some of the Times CBB Blog readers will be disappointed that she wasn’t evicted in the dressing gown…) – indeed the news footage sequence was identical to last week. Davina went through the key moments of controversy, and not surprisingly, Jo denied being a racist. She also said that showing an edited version of the arguments made it look worse than it was, to which Davina said that the production team had watched the everything at it wasn’t much better. The other interesting moment of the interview was when Jo justified her laughing as being her normal reaction to stressful situations, at which point she briefly laughed, and commented that she’d probably start laughing from the stress now. The brought a very swift and direct response from Davina of “I wouldn’tâ€?… To some extent, in the same way as with Jade I suspect the real grilling will come from one of the tabloid newspapers on Sunday.

Cleo didn’t escape criticism either, as in the same argument she didn’t intervene, but eventually went and got Jermaine to come and help. She justified this in her interview by saying that she felt that since Jermaine commanded respect from both sides of the argument she felt he was better to intervene. She also demonstrated at the end of her interview quite how impressions can be different in the outside world than within the house by suggesting that she thought Danielle and Jack would do well – which produced a pretty well instant reaction from the audience. Davina said that it would be interesting to see how she felt when she had seen the newspaper coverage, and also heard some of the comments that have been caught on camera. I’m quite sure that Danielle and Jack will be the first two out on Sunday, the only question being who will be out first.

As to who will actually win, the bookies are favouring Shilpa, mainly as a result of the earlier events in the house. However I’d not rule out the possibility of Jermaine coming out on top. Dirk has some supporters, and certainly he is entertaining at times, and does have a pretty dry sense of humour, however I’d really be surprised if it wasn’t either Shilpa or Jermaine at the end.

Finally, it looks like Channel 4 are riding high – the director of programmes has come out and said that the race row saved the show from being dull

Big Brother Racism Fallout

Not surprisingly, as the first Sunday after Jade was evicted, we have more of the fallout from the events of the last week. Chief among them is the News of the World Exclusive, that main feature of this is ‘Jade on Trial‘ where they give her a surprisingly detailed questioning over all the controversial comments from herself, but also comments made by Jo, Danielle and Jack.

There are one or two other interesting points that have come out, firstly that Jade has visited India fairly recently as her perfume is manufactured in a factory over there and she wanted to visit the plant. Other interesting facts to come out are that according to the Guardian, Jade’s Mum is a practising Muslim – the quote stating this is about halfway down. The rest of the article is worth reading too, as it highlights quite what a problem Channel 4 now has with the perception that they let things go on longer than they should in order to boost ratings. Having said that, haven’t they always let this sort of thing go on longer than it should do boost ratings, remember the alcohol fuelled brawl in 2004 that earned a rebuke from Ofcom because they waited twenty minutes before sending in the security guards, an argument that was again underpinned by accusations of racism against Victor by Emma.

In terms of the ‘Was she told about what had happened?’ debate, Jade categorically denies this in the News of the World. Watching the highlights show for Friday it is clear that the housemates were aware something is going on as they appear to have been kept inside most of the day due to helicopters hovering over ahead. This coupled with both the lack of crowd noise, and the questions Big Brother had been asking them led them to conclude that something has been going on. Interestingly there were also discussions between the remaining two girls as to how they have been perceived too.

Of course as they will discover, their careers have just the same problems as Jade does – alongside the Jade interview, the News of the World has also said that Danielle has been ditched by Teddy Sheringham who is said to feel that he has been put in an impossible position with his team mates, who like many football teams are drawn from a range of different countries and backgrounds. Not surprisingly her contribution to the comments has left him ’embarrassed and deeply ashamed’.

In terms of looking for a positive outcome, the Education Secretary has said that schools should use the programme to tackle racial issues – and certainly suggest that with the number of young people who will have watched this week, youth groups could well use it as a topic for discussion. The Archbishop of York, himself invited to be on this series of the programme but who wisely passed, has commented on racism in the UK. It is fair to say that he is no stranger to the topic, I have always remembered him describing the number of times he was ‘randomly’ stopped by the police whilst driving his car when he was Bishop of Stepney, and the transformation in the behaviour of the officers when they found out who he was. His comments included the following:

“Sadly ignorance is not in short supply. Racism is real.

As the week’s events on reality television demonstrate, there is an ugly underbelly in society only too ready to point the finger at the foreigner, or those who might not fit in.â€?

Indeed, the leader in the News of the World makes a similar point – much as I said on Friday whilst large, there were still 18% of voters who voted to keep her in. They also want to see both Danielle and Jo booted out, and Shilpa to win.

Of course quite the most frightening part of this whole thing, is the fact that as a result, in the course of one posting, I’ve linked to, and approved of quite so much of what the News of the World has said… 😮

Jade Goes, Endemol Wins?

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So not unsurprisingly, Jade has been evicted from Celebrity Big Brother. This Week, the late night current affairs programme, discussed the whole issue, and at one point the comment was made that if they were in Gordon Browns office today they would be frantically calling the number to evict Jade as all over the world it is going to be compared against his statement that Britain is not racist or intolerant. Looking at the results, Jade was evicted with 82% of the vote, a sizeable majority but not a record by any means – Grace was evicted with 87.9% of the vote and Sezer with 91.6% in the most recent series of the normal programme. Certainly after their statements those in government should perhaps worry about the fact that 18% of the audience wanted to either keep Jade in the house or remove Shilpa after the events of the week.

Having said that, Channel 4 and Endemol were nervous enough about the situation to ban the public from tonight’s programme. That’s not to say that they didn’t milk it somewhat. Rather than the usual routine for a non-crowd eviction of having Davina in the studio, they did the show pretty much as normal, out on the stage, and even added sound effects – Beth remarked at one point that she expected to see tumbleweeds blowing past anytime soon. They also didn’t play crowd noise into the house as they usually would, so the celebrities knew something was up – although many of them had already realised what was going on from the questions that they had been asked in the diary room.

Looking at the highlights shown before the eviction, it all told a very nice story, as by the end of yesterday, Jade had realised how her behaviour would have been perceived, and had made her peace with Shilpa, and had then gone and broken down in the diary room and considered walking out. Interestingly it then seems that she had decided to stick it out – quite how much she was influenced into making the decision we don’t know.

We watched part of Big Brother’s Big Mouth after the eviction, where amongst other people they spoke to Max Clifford about what will happen to Jade and her career now. He said that in his opinion she could recover, but it would be difficult. However he then followed this up with a fairly direct comment directed at Endemol, saying that he believed that they had exploited Jade. When they put her and her family in, they knew exactly what they were doing, and what they thought would happen. True, I suspect they weren’t expecting the international diplomatic incident – but certainly they were expecting fireworks, and that was what they got. Plus they got a significant boost in viewers as a result of the whole controversy. The thing is, is that I think Jade now realises it too. When in the diary room, and also on the programme tonight she was either played or quoted what had happened, she can quite clearly see how others will see her. She said several times that that wasn’t her, but sadly it is much the same way she behaved when she was on the show originally – all the producers had to do back then was give her some alcohol, and she provided a variety of press grabbing stories, and indeed that was pretty much what happened this time.

It’s also interesting to look at the points during the week when Big Brother actually called particular housemates into the diary room and quoted back their words. Notice that it was pretty well done one per day, and that despite Jade being the ring leader, they took both Danielle and Jo in first, leaving the discussions with Jade until last, and of course giving a nice little conclusion to the ‘story’, with Jade apparently realising the error of her ways, just in time to be evicted. Of course what else was said in the diary room, and how much she was told about what had happened outside is open to question.

So what have we got to come over the remaining days? Danielle and Jo had already made their peace with Shilpa prior to the eviction, even if they didn’t see it at the time, both of them like Jade can see how their words will be perceived when forced to think about it after the event, and both know that they need to redress the balance, to keep their careers. (Indeed Danielle was apparently given a list of tips by her agent before she went in – tips she forgot it seems…) The real unknown quantity is Jack, Jade’s nineteen year old boyfriend. His whole reason for being in the house was Jade, and I suspect that the original idea was that both he and Jade would make it to the final show, or at least that he would leave first – remember the rumours were that having been the most successful ex-contestant, this series was going to be an opportunity for Jade to win. The interesting thing is he hasn’t really registered on people’s radar – he’s just been in the background. The brief moments where he has spoken do register though. Although he hasn’t apparently been called into the diary room and had his words quoted back to him, he has been shown stoking up some of the bad feeling towards Shilpa in much the same way as the other three – there being one notable discussion that he had with Jade over Shilpa, where he says point blank that he hates Shilpa – there is debate over another part of the same conversation, as the word was bleeped, (Ruth Gledhill has a clip of the relevant scene with a clear opinion as to what he said) – either way it is not a nice statement at all. Whatever he said, he certainly has a big issue with Shilpa which may only get worse with him blaming her for Jade going. What with the other celebrities apparently now closing ranks, I very much think he is going to be the outsider – quite how he reacts, and how long he lasts remains to be seen. Whatever, it certainly could be a potential source of problems to come – although with his lack of celebrity if he does kick off I suspect he may end up being removed by the back door so as not to mess up the nice storyline that Endemol have managed to produce from this week.

“Shilpa Poppadom”

So Jade seems to think that referring to Shilpa Shetty as Shilpa Poppadom was acceptable…

I’m absolutely speechless…

Having said that, although Shilpa has been showing a good deal of grace throughout all of what has happened, on one of the rare occasions she has actually got angry, she did give us one of the best lines of the series so far when Jade called her a fake to her face… This is the version from Big Brothers Little Brother, worth it for the cheer from the audience at the end. 🙂

Big Brother Causing a Diplomatic Incident

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So little did I think when I commented at the weekend on the attitude of of Jo, Danielle and Jade towards Shilpa in Celebrity Big Brother, that events would go quite the way they have.

As of tonight, Celebrity Big Brother has produced 21,000 complaints – still a long way short of the number who complained about Jerry Springer – The Opera, but a significant number none the less. Having said that, alongside this the programme has made an impact in politics with Tony Blair asked about it in Prime Ministers Questions, and Gordon Brown perhaps regretting his choice of time to visit India, as street protests occur in the country following a newspaper front page on the story. People are even talking about how the programme may be damaging the reputation of the UK abroad.

Having watched the relevant episodes of the programme, there hasn’t been anything that I would say has been an out and out racist comment, what has been going on has been somewhat more subtle – of course this is only what has been shown. In terms of the scenes shown on the programmes, the witches coven of Jo, Danielle and Jade have been bitching about pretty well everything that Shilpa has done, for most of the series, particularly if she does something in a way that doesn’t conform with how they would have done things. One big area of contention has been over the cooking, of which Shilpa has been doing quite a bit, particularly a roast chicken that she made at the weekend. For example there have been complaints over too many onions in one meal she cooked. The most major disagreement so far, and the one in the programme which has provoked the complaints, was over how long the chicken should have been cooked for, with Shilpa suggesting a lot lower time than some of the others. What didn’t help was that all during the cooking, people kept opening the oven to look at the chicken and argue over it, hence even though the chicken was in the oven for longer than the amount of time the coven suggested – about two hours, it still wasn’t quite done. To be frank, a lot of it is down to cultural differences – unfortunately the way the coven are dealing with it is by bitching and bullying. Of course with the issues being cultural, a number of the comments could be construed as being racist, even if the coven haven’t directly made a comment on her race directly. Ironically, the attitudes seem to be being fuelled more by the suspicion that Shilpa is another Chantelle – the ‘fake’ celebrity who won the show last year, mainly based on the fact that none of them had heard of her. Ironically, in many ways she is probably a bigger star than them, she is just relatively unknown in the UK.

So if it’s not racism, then what is it? Carole Malone has suggested that it may be a class issue. Maybe – but I think it is as much to do with age and maturity. I’ve quite often remarked that I tend to prefer the celebrity version of the show, as the contestants are generally older, certainly the way Jo, Danielle and Jade are behaving is much more akin to what occurs on the regular version of the programme. If someone older goes into the house as part of the regular programme, they often find it hard, and have trouble fitting in with the other housemates, here we have something similar, except that nearly half the house is over thirty, so rather than one person being isolated there is a virtual divide between the under thirties, and the over thirties. Jo, Danielle and Jade are all under thirty, as is Jack, Jade’s boyfriend who is the youngest at nineteen. Everybody else is over thirty, and whilst being supportive to Shilpa, seem to be trying to avoid conflict over the issue. Interestingly, Carole Malone also suggested in her interview that if someone like Cleo or Jermaine said something about the situation to the coven it might get resolved, however at this point although Cleo seems to have tried to get Jade and Shilpa to resolve things, they do generally seem to be trying to keep their heads down.

As to what will happen from now, Channel 4 seem to be sticking with the show, and whilst giving assurances to the press haven’t said anything to the celebrities about what is going on. Currently all the contestants remain totally oblivious to what has been going on outside. Perhaps the biggest test will come with the next eviction on Friday, particularly if one of the coven is voted out – whether Channel 4 will manipulate the voting perhaps by banning selected housmates from voting to ensure that happens I don’t know – I guess we’ll have to keep watching to find out. Ironically, out of all of this Channel 4 has had one of the highest number of viewers for the series so far, so I’m sure it is a possibility…

Update: So the comment rumbles on. Ruth Gledhill has put up a posting on the subject, focusing on class issues again, and there is a good list of other comment pieces on this blog. One amusing discovery though as a result is the discovery the The Times has a Big Brother Blog, under the by-line ‘We Watch So You Don’t Have To’. I’ve so far only watched about a third of the show from last night, and it certainly seems that the relationship between Jade and Shilpa worsens. Having said that, there is also apparently a realisation from Danielle thanks to some intervention from Big Brother, and a conversation about cultural differences between Danielle and Jo. Having said that things have taken a slight turn for the worst for Channel 4, with the news that Carphone Warehouse have suspended their sponsorship of the show, and alongside this Danielle and Jade will find other deals terminated by companies who do not wish to be associated with their comments. Could it be that Jade will find her career having been created by Big Brother the show will destroy it to?