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Thought police move into U K Big Brother house

The Transcript

You may have seen this already… This is what the Press Association are calling “a provisional transcript” of the conversation between Emily, Charley and Nicky that led to Emily’s departure from the house.

Emily: (referring to Charley dancing/pushing her hips forward) You pushing it out you nigger.
Nicky: (shocked laughter) Em, I can’t believe you said that.

Charley: You are in trouble.

Emily: Don’t make a big thing out of it then. I was joking.

Charley: I know you were… but that’s some serious shit, sorry.

Emily: Why? Charley: Oh my God. I’m not even saying it.

Nicky: Just don’t talk about it anymore.

Emily: I was joking. Charley: Do you know how many viewers would watch that?

Nicky: Okay, don’t make a big deal out of it.

Charley: Fancy you saying that. I can’t believe you said that.

Emily: Somebody has already used that word in this house.

Charley: No way. (Pause) Yeah, me. I’m a nigger.

Nicky laughs.

Charley: I am one. Fancy you saying it. I know maybe you see it in a rap song.
Maybe you and your friends sit there saying it.

Emily: I’m friendly with plenty of black people.

Nicky: And you call them niggers?

Emily: Yeah and they call me niggers. They call me wiggers as well.

Nicky: I’m quite shocked.

Charley:I’m f****** in shock.

Emily: It’s not a big deal though is it?
Charley: Not for us it ain’t. F*** me.
(source)

The result

Emily and Charley were dancing together in the living room when Emily used the word in an apparently light-hearted manner. Rather than react angrily, Charley responded by pointing out that her actions were likely to get her in trouble.

Emily was called into the diary room at 3.30am this morning and told to leave the reality show immediately.(source)

Is this madness or what?

I have never had that much time for Big Brother. As “reality” game shows go it is one of the lamest concepts around and it reminds me for to much of may days living in share houses when I was a student. Essentially the contestants have nothing to do but bullshit to each other. Give me survivor any time in terms of “reality” entertainment. But one thing that the Brits seem to do to excess is political correctness. This story just drips with it. Having only read the transcript I can’t discern the nuances of tone but the use of the “n” word in this context hardly seems that serious.
On the face of it this seems to me to defeat the fly on the wall nature of the original concept of the show. As time has gone on the program here has grown more and more rules to mould what was originally a lets see what these people do when locked in a house together into a creation that is only a scriptwriter short of being entirely fictional.

The obligatory update 🙂

Although they were shocked by what Emily said, the pair seemed to accept that she did not mean to cause offenceFor those who apreciate the machinations of the PC brigade, go Here for the ins and outs of it.

Why is there no outcry that one of the “housemates” appears to be allowed to smoke in the house?

Crikey that would never happen down under!!!


10 Comments

  1. MK says:

    It amazes me how some folks get offended when the ‘N’ word is thrown about jokingly. If you listen to some rap lyrics it’s all in there, women are you-know-what. Maybe if they start cracking down on their own, we might be convinced the outrage isn’t a bit opportunistic.

    Having said that the BB show is a waste of space, i no longer pay attention to it or stories about it, but the contestants shouldn’t be surprised at the things that happen in there and i wonder about the folks who watch it. There really has to be something better to do in place of watching it, but i guess people have to make their choices.

  2. Iain says:

    Agreed MK
    I don’t watch the program at all but I took this story as an example of OTT political correctness.

  3. Rudi says:

    I am compelled to say that I also don’t watch the show – does my need to say that represent a new form of correctness?

    Reality TV amazes me generally because it seems so far away from reality: contrive a situation to create conflict, controversy and chance of fame and then film it. The few times I have seen it, it has been compelling in a voyeuristic way.

    The meaning of the word “nigger” seems to depend so much on who says and it and for what purpose. This use seems silly and benign to me. It looks like the show kicked her out before the footage became public so I am not sure MK that there was any outrage from anyone that led to the eviction.

    Rudi

  4. Iain says:

    yeah Rudi its a bit like calling your mate an old bastard, intent and context is so vital probabbly more so than the word actually.

  5. MK says:

    “…I am not sure MK that there was any outrage from anyone that led to the eviction.”
    There had to be from someone otherwise why kick her out.

  6. Rudi says:

    MK,

    I think it was pre-emptive in that no-one knew (other than the housemates) about what she said until after her eviction.

    If you have a look at the Times article Iain linked to its says it happened at night and she was evicted at 3.30 am the next day also that “Channel 4 released a statement confirming that the word had not been broadcast in “live” coverage of the house, but a version of the incident would be screened tonight.” (Cynic in me suggests this has more to do with ratings that anything else.)

    It seems the public only knew about it after the eviction hence why I said it looked like there was no outrage leading to her eviction.

    Rudi

  7. PKD says:

    Hi Iain,
    Totally agree with you on this one – Channel 4 are just using this as a knee jerk reaction to show how they’ve cleaned up there act after the Shetty debacle …and in doing so have proven the opposite!

    Rgrds,
    PKD
    .

  8. Brett_McS says:

    This girl has quite an asymmetric face. If you mask off half of the picture at a time it looks like two different women. Unusual in a pretty girl.

  9. MK says:

    No worries Rudi.

  10. Cooper says:

    Malcolm Gladwell wrote about it quite nicely on his (abandoned?) blog ,

    http://gladwell.typepad.com/gladwellcom/2006/12/defining_a_raci.html

    By Gladwell’s criteria…

    Her intent and content don’t seem too bad (certainly thoughtless and not at all the same as calling someone an old bastard though), however she didn’t apologise and pretty much stuck by her words so her conviction was quite worrying.

    Coupled with her ridiculous attempt to dig herself out of it, whereby she dug herself deeper with
    “I’m friendly with plenty of black people”
    I’m reminded of a song by Eddie Perfect…

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