UK Big Brother fight criticized.

UK Big Brother fight criticized.
A fight during the summer production of the UK’s Big Brother 5 led some viewers to call the police, and it has now resulted in a rebuke by Ofcom, the UK’s version of the FCC. The fight broke out after two sequestered houseguests reentered the house; in its report, Ofcom said, “The apparent absence of intervention by Channel 4 to prevent the situation escalating to this point, having ‘engineered’ the situation originally, clearly caused distress and offence to viewers.” According to The Guardian, Ofcom “rejected suggestions they had been exploited.” The agency wrote, “Considering the now well-known format of Big Brother, it is clear that participants know, to a greater or lesser degree, what they are letting themselves in for.”

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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.