*My computer was meant to be being picked up today for a repair, but last night I was struck down by tonsillitus for the third time this year, so I couldn't get to work (where it was being picked up). Last night I felt too ill to blog BB although I did watch it (I enjoyed Tracey's mini-rave). Haven't watched The Apprentice yet though, and trying to avoid news about that on TV today is tricky!
So after tomorrow I may not be blogging because my computer is going away for 'seven to ten days'! It's a bit of a bummer as I wanted to blog the whole of BB. Oh well. I'll do a bit at work if something amazing happens.
So anyway. Last nights BB seems redundant as I just discovered Emily has been booted out of Big Brother for saying 'nigger'. So the producers finally woke up.
During Celeb BB I sat at this very computer and watched a clip from the live streaming of E4 of the most offensive language I had ever heard. I saw a deranged woman, face contorted with hate for a woman who had done nothing to her in return. I saw two similar dim-witted people back her up, and some other people who should have known better stand there listening like lemons (which was just as bad). This is Jade's legacy. And the producers did nothing. I was shocked. I genuinely believed they would punish them. Instead the helped Jade. Protected the thick bitch. The bond of trust with BB was gone from that point.
Apparently Emily said something like 'push it out nigger' when Charley was dancing. Word on the net is these are the words to a song. I don't know, I don't listen to puerile music like that. Either way, Emily is paying for Jade's sins. Of course she is. But it is more complicated than that.
Emily claimed to be an intelligent housemate. She has shown snobbery in the house, crass vanity, but no semblance of intelligence. She picked a fight with Ziggy the night before he nominated. Now this. Did she not SEE Celebrity Big Brother? Does she not understand the implications of using this word? On TV, for God's sake? Intelligent she is NOT. Does she think she is just above the rules us commoners adhere to? It's mind-boggling.
There is a wider discussion around this, of course, about the sort of language that is used in rap music, and I noticed Jay-Z was promoting something recently to kick the 'n' word out of rap, as well as the many derogatory words about women. Because it's true, it does make them more acceptable, when it should NEVER be acceptable. It's not like reclaiming the word 'cunt' in my eyes. 'Nigger' is a powerful evil.
The trouble is, when people like Emily say words like this, you get this image of them sitting round Mummy and Daddy's house, saying worse. It's like a poison that infects people and you wonder what is at the core of them. Emily has fucked up big time, far worse than if Chanelle sleeps with Ziggy. In fact, Chanelle will probably be considered a hero if she does. Emily meanwhile, will be known as a racist until the end of time. And we thought we hated Grace. Bloody hell. So well done Emily, for not kissing any boys. Your parents will be so proud.
Yet I still feel had, because Emily was a good housemate. I liked her scheming and shit-stirring. She brought out Ziggy's angry side and we needed to see that. That charming thing is just not convincing. I liked it when she pushed him. But she proved she couldn't play by the rules by tricking his nomination out of him.
More than ever we are seeing in Big Brother what goes on behind closed doors, and if people can't even behave themselves on TV, I realy do dread to think what people say in the privacy of their own homes. It's really disappointing. But not suprising in the slightest. This one is going to run and run...