Sunday, 22 June 2008

Power and race; not much to learn from BB

. Chris Dillow has posted a truly dreadful article on Liberal Conspiracy. When an article starts with the premise that;

"This week’s events have corroborated my belief that we can learn more about society and politics from Big Brother than from Today in Parliament,"

it's a fair bet you are in for a bumpy ride. His argument that the expulsion of one of the contestants, Alexandra, for 'intimidating' behaviour;

"demonstrates our ruling class’s terror of anything remotely resembling a physical threat; violence is something done to foreigners, not “respectable“ white people,"

shows a level of paranoia beyond belief. Alexandra was no doubt included in the line-up for her firey temper but she has crossed the line on numerous occasions; notably she verbally lashed a fellow constestant for burning chips, laying into another for their 'un-Muslim' cross-dressing birthday party and generally showing at every occassion what an obnoxious person she actually is, as the BBC reports the final straw came when Alex told another contestant, Darnell, that;

"I'm not throwing water at anyone. It's bigger than that... personal offence is never forgotten, do you know what I mean?

"We are just inside the house. I've got a very, very, very, very, very strong team outside the house."

According to the transcript, she went on:

"I just can't wait to see my mans and them and see what their plans are, who they got... I'm not talking about those mans, I'm talking about my gangster friends. They got some instructions to follow out."

Open and shut case really but not for Chris who feels that the decision shows a hint of "racism". No doubt C4 executives moved quickly to avoid a repeat of the Shilpa Shetty disaster which left viewers incensed and watchdogs unamused. The colour of Alex's skin is academic to the unacceptable behaviour she was engaged in and which she was punished for; speaking personally I have been threatend and called racist by black people merely for doing my job. I have seen people threatened and called 'white trash' for doing the same and find that just as unacceptable and wrong as if a white person was doing the same. Equality should mean true equality and judgment when it comes to these kind of things; not allowing it through for fear of saying different and being branded 'racist'. Sorry Chris but it is your kind of attitude that turns people away from the fight against genuine discrimination and, in some instances, towards the hateful politics of the British National Party.


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