Thursday, June 07, 2007

MPs and bandwagons

So, a Big Brother contestant has been thrown out of the house for using the n word. From all accounts, Channel 4 acted relatively swiftly - program makers consulted station bosses, and she was removed from the house at 3:30 this morning.

Keith Vaz is an MP who disappeared from sight in the days when being caught out breaching codes of conduct was actually a bar from being in Tony Blair's cabinet, only to reemerge during the Shilpa Shetty controversy earlier this year. Naturally he was asked for a quote.

"After the Ofcom decision I thought Channel 4 had learnt all the lessons it was possible to learn.

"But I'm afraid they haven't and there's more to be looked at in this whole sorry episode," he added.

Um, what exactly were Channel 4 supposed to do? Drown the offending house mate in the Big Brother garden pond? Throw her into a vat of boiling oil? Make her move to the house next door with only Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara for company? (Actually, come to think of it......)

It seems to me they have learnt the lesson - the housemate offended, and the first anyone heard of the controversy was when she was booted off the show. Quite else they could have done is beyond me.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vaz what a dummy"more to be looked at", do you really think that a man whose co-religionists and I suppose they might call them fellow countrymen{I would not}kill and maim innocent Britons is offended by the N word after all he is a P and I am a K {Kuffa} this childish name calling is just a diversion from the world of Darfur,Iraq, the stoning to death of women in Muslim countries

Thomas B said...

You do realise that Keith Vaz is, at least according to his Wikipedia Entry Roman Catholic?

I was contempleting simply deleting your comment, but instead I'll leave it as a reminder of the bigotry that still exists in our society.