ONE of the contestants on the Spanish version of Big Brother caused a storm last month by openly making racist remarks and a whole series of unpolitically correct statements which were broadcast live on Spanish TV. Quite understandibly his stay in the house was short and he was quickly evicted. Ever since then he had done the rounds on all the major television shows and he was subjected to a lie-detector test which proved that he wasn't a racist afterall and it was a giant step-up. What was the end result; his bank balance was substantially larger, he was a household name in Spain and his antics didn't do Big Brother's ratings any harm at all. Just last week he said that by being completely unpolitically correct and pretending to have some totally outrageous and unsavoury views he just wanted to shock people and make a name for himself, a rather a nasty name, but a name that does command some fame in Spain at the moment. After all, Big Brother is just a game... he said.
I have enjoyed past episodes of Big Brother both in Britain and Spain and sometimes the Spanish version is far more outrageous than its British counterpart. I haven't watched the British version of Celebrity Big Brother, because I have no interest in it but I have learnt over the years not to take the programme too seriously. Confrontation between house-mates is all part and parcel of Big Brother and it is possibly one of the reasons why it is so popular.
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