Bez wins celeb UK Big Brother; Germain Greer describes life inside, “bullying.”

Bez wins celeb UK Big Brother; Germain Greer describes life inside, “bullying.”
After about five days in the new UK celebrity The latest celebrity edition of the UK’s Big Brother concluded with 54 percent of viewers voting for Bez. (Channel 4′s web site helpfully informs uninformed, ignorant Americans like me that Bez “is a former Happy Mondays dancer who loved to shake his maracas.”) Unfortunately, that doesn’t really clear much up. Blazin’ Squad rapper Kenzie came in second place, while Brigitte Nielsen, who is now spending her entire life on reality TV, came in third.

The series’ most well-known contestant walked off the show after about five days, and has since written about the experience. In the Sunday Times, Germaine Greer gives an exceptionally detailed account of life in the UK Big Brother house. She details what she calls “bullying” from the producers and “routine ill-treatment of the housemates.” She’s finds a lot of problems with “Big Brother’s principal bullying tactic: the removal of all privacy,” which is to be expected. But she also reveals that the cast wasn’t allowed to sleep during the day, had to deal with “entirely avoidable health hazards,” and cruel behavior such as giving Diet Coke to all cast members except the one that had requested it. But she concludes that “the housemates have a choice as to whether to replicate and amplify his unreasonable and sadistic behaviour” but says the genre is still moving “towards maximum exploitation of vulnerable people.”

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