Shilpa Shetty, Big Brother and Racism

Remember the last post on Shilpa Shetty and Big Brother? The lady finds herself in the middle of something else right now. Apparently people have complained to the media watch dog – Ofcom. The Guardian writes

But while Channel 4 said it will not tolerate any racist abuse on Celebrity Big Brother, the broadcaster defended its decision not to intervene in the group dynamics despite the unpleasantness, saying it had to portray events “accurately”.

“We don’t tolerate any racist abuse in any form,” the Channel 4 spokeswoman said. “Big Brother is closely monitoring all the housemates and will take appropriate measures to reprimand such behaviour where necessary.”

shilpa_bigbrother.jpgChannel 4 likes to make it sound like it like some sort of televised ethnography (and perhaps as we grab ourselves away from academia, maybe this is some sort of pop version of group psychology). The other day, I clearly remember it was Shilpa Shetty who started imitating people’s accents in the house. She may have done it to show her acting skills. But accents are not just about regions. They’re also a reflection of the education one can afford. So while Shilpa goes about foolishly copying accents and with great insight remarks “You don’t pronounce it like we do.”, people squirm in their colourful sofas at the Big Brother’s house. You see while some housemates may be a little racist, some of Shilpa’s infamous dialogues can come across as well – feudal.

Well so much for interesting television. For the last five minutes they’ve been showing these two women inhaling steam with towels on their heads. I can’t tell how these two housemates are. But meanwhile, I hope the photograph is remotely entertaining.

Meanwhile on YouTube there’s a lot to catch up on. Catch Shilpa in a squabble here. Such pure joy, I tell you. And here’s Jackiey calling Shilpa a nightmare. And our lady, Shilpa looks like she might start crying any minute. To be fair though, Jackiey desperately needs some behavioural modification.

But I have to admit, that this video, where Danielle calls Shilpa a dog, that something has started to go beyond stale at Big Brother’s house. Racism? Probably.

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0 Responses to Shilpa Shetty, Big Brother and Racism

  1. gayle says:

    I think this whole Shilpa Shetty affair is an insult to those people of all races who have truly suffered racial abuse or bullying in this or any other country. Shilpa is not an innocent bystander. She is extremely intellegent and Jade and co. played right into her hands because they lack intellegence.
    Shilpa was in it to win it. Jade is loud and aggressive. I think we all know that. But I also remember when she was willing to stand up to her mother on Shilpa’s behalf. Everyone seems to have forgotten when she told her mother that she was wrong for calling Shilpa Indian. Shilpa saw Jade’s insecurities and played on them. I do not think that Jade was racist. I think that Jade only knows of one way to settle an argument. and that is to shout the loudest and to be verbally abusive. That has more to say about her up-bringing and environment than racism.
    Lets face it. This is a SHOW. And Shilpa entered the big brother house as a marketing strategy. Thanks to Daniella, Jade and Jo. She is going to be in the Public eye for a very long time. Not to mention the money.
    I would just like to say though. I do hope that Shilpa has been briefed about the press in this country. They are very dangerous. They build you up and then when you get to the top they spend all their time digging to bring you down. I hope that Shilpa has no skeletons in her cupboard. Because all of the press that have been courting her for the past few weeks are also investigating her as i write.
    I hope that poor Shilpa does not genuinely believe that any of the newspapers really love her.
    All they are doing is using her to sell newspapers until the next big story comes.
    I wish her all the best. But I hope that everyone realizes that Jade is not a monster, but also a victim of the same press that courted her the same way that they are courting Shilpa now.
    Shilpa enjoy the honeymoon with the British press. But all honeymoons come to an end.