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Big Brother: Injured Soldiers And Doulgas Bader To Star

by | 26th, December 2009

douglas-bader WHILE we wonder who is going to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, we get to wonder about who is going on the Big Brother show proper, which starts next summer for the final time. The Daily Mail delivers the front-page screamer:

Reality TV ghouls target injured soldiers: C4 bosses spark fury by asking wounded troops to appear on Big Brother

Yeah Big Brother. Douglas Bader got his own film! Big Brother is a pathetic effort. We demand more for our brave few. The Mail tells us:

Soldiers who have lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan are being targeted to take part in Big Brother. The Channel 4 show’s producers were accused of sinking to ‘a new low for reality TV’ in a desperate bid to make the last series the most sensational ever.

And now for some bitter irony

One of those approached was Trooper Stephen Shine, a tank driver with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who lost a leg in an explosion in Iraq on April 6, 2007. His story features on the website of the Army Benevolent Fund, one of the organisations contacted by Big Brother.

So here’s the Mail with its big front-page story on disabled soldiers and a picture of an unsmiling Stephen Shine:

Annabelle Fuller, spokesman for the Army Benevolent Fund, said: ‘We’re a charity, not a selection box for bad TV programmes. The people we help are often vulnerable.’

After receiving the email asking for potential candidates, she was so offended that she wrote in a blog: ‘Men and women who have bravely served their country and fallen on hard times or dealt badly with the transition from the Armed Forces to civvy street are now ideal people to be under continual observation and media scrutiny, are they?

So here are the injured soldiers on the Mail’s front page illustrating a story about how soldiers could of their own free will star on the telly.

No word from any of these soldiers, who are, of course, unable to speak for themselves. (Don’t worry yourselves, lads and lasses, there are people prepared to speak up for you. Just sit and take your meds and watch the cartoons. There. There. The Mail is here to help. Shhhh!)

Commander John Muxworthy, of the UK National Defence Association,

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