white contestant on African Big Brother is controversial.

white contestant on African Big Brother is controversial.
Namibian citizen Stefan Ludik represents his nation on Big Brother Africa, “but protestors say he should not be eligible for the hit reality programme because his ancestors came from Europe,” the Guardian reports. He’s the only white contestant on the show, and his country has “small white minority,” and that has led to controversy. The show is “being watched by 20 million viewers in more than 40 countries.” according to the Guardian.
+ also: “Critics say the contestants are all well-educated, middle-class hip-hop lovers who reinforce Western ideas of how modern Africans should behave.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.