Friday, January 19, 2007

But I did not trust my brother

There is only one story in the UK at the moment: Big Brothergate. It seems as if the entire country has now (finally) turned on Jade (and Danielle and Jo) who have been bullying India's most famous Bollywood star. There has even been a hint of racism, throwing a spanner in the works of the theory that Britain is a tolerant multi-cultural society. Christ it's been front page of the broadsheets and Gordon Brown and Tony Blair have been asked for their opinion on the matter. Even Will got all worked up about the issue.

The massive outcry has lead me to watch the highlights programme with Russell Brand. I previously never appreciated his humour but in the last two episodes he has, without prompting, quoted verbatim from speeches by Churchill and Solzhenitsyn's books, which surprised me. Of course he then spoiled it by following it up with a penis joke, but it leads me to believe that there is more to this guy than a hair style and a history of tabloid romps. He quite obviously is very clever and should host Question Time. Seriously, it would get the kids interested in politics again. Maybe.

Back to the Big Brothergate issue though, if they had followed my mate's suggestion, then it all of this could have been avoided. Still the massive furore will mean millions will vote to evict Jade the racist bully and Channel 4 will make an estimated £2 million profit from the text votes. In many ways Channel 4 is worse than the playground bully who beats up kids for their lunch money.

Afternoon update: BB has announced that all proceeds from the vote will go to charity and that there will be no crowd at the eviction. It seems like Jade will be getting off lightly without a public boo-fest. This is such a shame.

I Am a Lonesome Hobo


Will said...

Except they're giving the £2m to charity.

Glad you're taking notice of Brand. I love him too.

James K said...

Only announced after it was in all of the newspapers however.

Daniel said...

I think Jade is a perfect encapsulation of all that is wrong with modern England. Someone who has achieved wealth, fame and influence by the sole virtue of being a half-wit. God save the Queen.

* (asterisk) said...

Russell Brand is fab. I love that he clearly has a brain and yet can do great "nob gags" and Grange Hill references. Funny guy.

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