Like the rest of Big Brother fans, I have been a bit taken back by the remarks in the house this season. Bloggers are not immune to ignorance, and it bothers us to have to write about it almost as much as it does for you to read about it. I have blogged about the show for a few seasons now, and have never heard the type of things I’m hearing this season from far too many of the cast members.
No matter how you look at it, this cast is putting a big black mark on the Big Brother franchise. You have people signing petitions to get Aaryn out of the house, articles appearing on the Huffington Post, and bloggers tearing apart those who have said terrible things. Don’t get me wrong, after watching the feeds and listening to some of the words coming out of the mouths of say Aaryn and GinaMarie, I want to just enter the house and yell at them for being so damn ignorant.
The discouraging thing is, all the negative media coverage is taking away from a pretty solid season so far. If you remove the bigotry, you actually have some interesting characters and strategy, something that has lacked in the past few seasons. Veterans have been mixed with newbies the last two seasons, and it was almost pathetic to watch at times. The newbies treating veterans like celebrities, making horrific move after horrific move and basically sat in the house while veterans nearly won both years (and probably should have – Dan was by far the best player in the house last season).
This season, you had a group of the ‘popular kids’ who appeared to form a very tight alliance early on in the season, and then you essentially had the misfits with a few inbetweeners. The popular (and annoying) group had a lot of the strongest players, and feel they’re going to dominate the entire season, but they are about to be shocked during the live eviction this Wednesday by a blindside not seen very often on Big Brother. Jeremy, Aaryn, Gina and crew are feeling very comfortable thinking Elissa is going home, yet some pizza delivery boy somehow manipulated the house to keeping the easy target (Rachel’s sister Elissa) and sending home a physical threat (Dave).
As a big fan of the show, I hope the racist comments die down, the show stops appearing in mainstream media for negative reasons, and we can look past it to enjoy what has the potential to be a very fun summer.
Anyway, just my opinion on the matter. It was a fairly quiet day after the drama last night, so I had some time to write my little op-ed piece. There will be a thread later on tonight covering the evening feeds.