Mike Malin on Janelle: “If she votes [Will] out, I’ll shit in her face” and “piss on her face”

On the live feeds a few days ago, Mike “Boogie” Malin said a lot more than the hateful remarks he made about the two female finalists. Specifically, Mike talked to Will about Janelle, saying, “If she votes you out. I’ll shit in her face. I’ll piss on her face right there on the block on TV.”

Of course, he did no such thing; instead, he sat paralyzed. When he said these things, naturally, “the show’s producers did nothing obvious to stop it,” LA Weekly reports. That, the paper’s Nikki Finke writes, is “a dramatic change from five years ago when houseguest Nicole Schaffrich, pledged to ‘kick ass,’ ‘slit wrists, horizontally, not vertically’ and ‘cut heads off,’ leading the show’s producers to warn her about her behavior.” But really, they let this kind of stuff fly regularly, like when the season four finalists made hateful comments, and pretty much of all last season.

This story leads a piece about crazy behavior on reality shows, and ends with Finke suggesting that a boycott of Mike’s Dolce restaurants is a good idea. “Since CBS and other networks won’t discipline Reality TV contestants for their brutal behavior, the audience needs to do it for them,” she writes. “Several Internet forums have suggested boycotting Boogie’s feeding troughs. That’s one way to tame this beast.”

Savage TV [LA Weekly]

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