January 17, 2007

THE PROBLEM WITH REALITY SHOWS IS REALITY:

Complaints flood in over 'racist bullying' of Indian actress on Celebrity Big Brother (AURA SABADUS, 1/17/07, scotsman.com)

CELEBRITY Big Brother was at the centre of a major storm last night over claims that one of the contestants was being racially insulted and bullied by the other celebrity contestants.

More than 10,000 complaints have been made over the treatment housemate Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress, at the hands of fellow contestants including Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara.

Actress and author Meera Syal, the star of The Kumars at No 42 and Goodness Gracious Me, criticised the programme for the treatment meeted out to Shetty in recent episodes, while the issue is also set to be debated in parliament.

In one incident, O'Meara, a former singer in SClub7, declared that Indians are thin because they are always ill as a result of undercooking their food. Housemates also poked fun at Shetty's Indian accent and complained that she had touched other housemates' food with her hands. Lloyd, a former Miss England, sneered: "You don't know where those hands have been."


Art should be aspirational and inspirational, not squalid.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

This is what happens when you hire a bunch of immature frat boys to write for TV.

Posted by: Bartman at January 17, 2007 11:00 AM

Danielle Lloyd's Wikipeda page
is a hoot.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at January 17, 2007 3:00 PM
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