Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Not so current affairs

Due to the time difference between here and the UK, I actually stayed up to find out who was to be evicted. Jade Goody or Shilpa Shetty.

For those of you who don't know who either one of them are, do not worry. They are just contestants of the Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4. I was introduced to Jade (not personally) when she was a contestant in Big Brother many years ago which in turn made Jade (somewhat of) a household name in the UK. Jade, in my opinion, is one of those people who made people feel much better of themselves. Her famous quotes include "East Angular? Isn't that abroad?" and she even put "minging" in the English dictionary. [ East Anglia and minging supposed to mean nasty or ugly.]

Shilpa, well I am not familiar with her at all because I do not watch Bollywood movies but she is definitely famous in India and has many loyal fans. But from what I have seen of her on Big Brother, she is very beautiful, very sexy, has curves in the right places that women want, wears beautiful clothes and is very elegant. More importantly she was very graceful and very regal in face of Jade Goody when they were arguing about 3 chicken cubes.

But what's more intriguing for me was how the issue of bullying and racism on Big Brother gaines a lot of media attention, and worse still, it became "Breaking News" on both BBC and CNN when they announced that Jade Goody was evicted from the Big Brother House.

Is it because the girl who is bullied is a very pretty girl that got the media attention? Or perhaps it was because Gordon Brown chose the wrong time to visit India? Whatever it was, it was a change indeed to have a racism issue brought out under the spotlight by the media, especially so in Britian.

What will happen next to Big Brother? I won't know because I am back here. But I must say I was glad to have been able to watch Big Brother and the argument on TV.

1 comment:

Kak Teh said...

sunflora, i must have been one of those new ones who watched at the height of it all. This is the problem when they celebrate stupidity and failure. I dont mind giving a chance to someone less fortunate to make a name and a few millions for themselves but to have celebrated someone for being stupid and ignorant and a big bully? She went in saying, I am the 25th most infl..influee...tial person in the world. It was shilpa who corrected her - influental...she couldnt even say it.
and then her mother when she was evicted couldnt even say dilema ..she said what's a dimela. I know spoonerism, for i suffer from this condition . but this is stupidity.
anyway, it is certainly a case of two different worlds. Jade certainly felt inferior to shilpa and the only way she could cope was to be a bully and a racist.
sorry teremotional and terpanjang.