Celebrity Big Brother is TV’s moral compliance show: only the most intolerant survive
Big Brother should come with an “Approved by the Ministry for Morals” sticker. The good get to win; the bad get to lose. The bigots are shunned and mocked; the enlightened get loved and panto.
This series has seen the back of Jermy Jackson (who he?) for alleged groping; Ken Morley for alleged racism; and now Alexander O’Neal for alleged homnphobia, his crime calling the immensley dislikable Perez Hilton a ‘f*****’. That’s ‘faggot’ in Sun-speak, the paper also telling us that Morley used the “N-word”, which turns out not to be ‘nigger’ but ‘negro’
Any sign of – oh, dread word – ‘inappropriate’ behaviour is glared at by the moral mob. The impressionable viewers tuning in are invited and encouaged to turn on the wrong headed fools. No need for context. The departed are undone by breaching moral absolutes. Their moral thinking was determined by their speech.
And we are all right-minded. We don’t need controlling. Who knew? Well, not anyone who says football fans slavishly follow ‘role models’, thinking rape is fine if Ched Evans gets a job or race rioting if Luis Suarez is not banned and removed from view.
Jackson’s antics did not kickstart a bought of celebrity-endorsed frotting; Morley has not made “negro’ a fashionable word for discussing blacks; and anyone British using the word ‘faggot’ or its ugly derivative ‘fag’ is an affected berk.
Celebrity Big Brother is your TV and tabloid compliance officer. And we are on-message. We are all remakably intolerant…