Big Bruva

21 06 2007

I am very sorry to say that I have been watching Big Brother 8 pretty much every day since it started.  It started at a time when I was vunerable – all my TV shows had just finished and I was left searching Sky for things to record to feed my habit.

As background for those of you with a life or in the US or both, this year’s BB started with an all-girl house.  It reminded me of school (I went to an all-girl’s grammar school) except the BB house was about 100 times more bitchy.  After a few days, they chucked in a single man, Ziggy.  As the only man in the house, he had to endure endless cattiness, inane conversation (let’s just say that the BB girls did nothing to promote our gender) and jealousy.  I thought he coped remarkably well.  The highlights of the show so far have been:

  • Emily getting kicked out (rightly so, in my view) for using the n word.  Whilst I acknowledge it was not said in a hateful way and whilst I do not advocate censorship, I think that a stupid, rich, entitled, white girl has no right bandying that word about as if she is some streetwise ghetto princess.   She showed zero understanding about why that word is so inflammatory.  Silly bitch deserved to be booted.  She was a cow anyway.
  • Chanelle and Ziggy hooking up (kissing, not the other… yet) – I am sure this is going to get old any day now, I can’t help but think they are quite sweet. 
  • The addition of two gay guys to the house.  Gerry and Seany are superb!  Ziggy was momentarily mortified that he was still the only hetero guy in the house but he got over that pretty quickly.
  • Shabnam talking about quitting but asking BB first whether she would still get deals – she hadn’t even been in the house a week!
  • The eviction of Shabnam.  This was behind-the-cushion viewing as she was royally booed but ignored it and spent FAR too long blowing kisses and dancing for the hostile crowd.

Introducing the housemates:

Amanda  Amanda: As one half of Samanda (AKA the twins), Amanda is sweet, funny, girlie, and I secretly hope playing a clever game.  Amanda is apparently the more dominant of the two.

Billi  Billi: I have not seen that much of him but he seems far too involved with his hair.  Which looks shit.

Brian Brian: He is brilliant.  An Essex boy and praaaaaad of it!  He seems to be genuinely a sweet guy.  Again as he is one of the new additions, we have yet to see all his sides.

Carole  Carole: I really liked Carole to start with – as a political activist with a great sense of humour she promised to be an interesting housemate.  Shame she has ended up doing all the housework in a strangely subservient role.  Up for eviction second week running, I think the kids are bored of her moaning about wet towels.

Chanelle Chanelle – sweet and pretty.  Perhaps not as interested in Ziggy as he is in her.  Seems to have Charley pegged.  Needs to not be so girlie all the time. 

Charley Charley: Hateful, obnoxious, vile human being who probably has a vunerable side with major self confidence issues but she is too horrible for me to care.  Her greatest skill is telling other people off for doing the exact thing that makes her to annoying.  The classic ‘turn a situation around’ thing is used in the house so much it makes my eyes want to bleed.

Emily BOOTED! Emily: See my comments above.  She thinks she is so much better than anyone else.  She also thinks that she has discovered indie music.  Silly bitch.

Gerry Gerry: Adorable, Greek and very intelligent.  He might get annoying but so far so good.

Jonathan  Jonathan: A rich businessman who analyses his housemates, which is interesting and a good thing but comes across as a bit of a sleaze and openly talks about how much money he has.  British people hate that.

Laura Laura:  A favourite on entering the house, she has really gone down in my view.  Negative, bitchy and generally a pain in the arse. 

Lesley WALKED!  Lesley: I loved Leslie before she walked.  Super intelligent and wise, she was an asset to the all-girl young house.  Superb sense of humour but unable to tolerate the conditions in the house.

Liam Liam: Heartbreaker in the making, Liam seems like a nice lad who knows how good looking he is.  Nikki already seems to have taken a shine but I think she has her work cut out for him.  Need to see more of him to make a proper assessment.  That was not meant to sound lascivious.

Nicky Nicky:  As one of the older girls (she is 28) she found herself in the position of matron, telling the girls not to eat all the food and generally coming across as a bit of a bore which I suspect is far from the truth.  She tries to resolve conflict without losing her temper but sometimes strays too far into passive aggressive land.  Now the new housemates have arrived, she seems to have chilled out.  Will be interesting to see what happens with Liam, especially as she is a self-proclaimed man-hater who probably has been badly hurt by a man in the past.

Sam Sam: The weaker half of Samanda, she is also girlie, pink-loving and seemingly superficial.  Clearly has a brain and shows signs of being sensible beneath the eye-shadow.

Seány Seany:  I thought he was going to be dreadful. He did not make a good first impression but has grown on me since.  I am interested to know why he has been nominated for eviction by is housemates as he seems to be liked in the house.  Maybe he is actually really annoying.

Shabnam EVICTED! Shabnam: A desperate media whore wannabe.  Good riddance.

Tracey Tracey: A 38 year old ‘cheesy quaver’ (i.e. raver).  Works as a cleaner and thinks it is a noble job which I kinda admire.  Seems very zen and her catchphrase ‘deal with it’ shows her strength.  She seems the only hosuemate genuinely honoured to be picked to be in the house.  Everyone else seems to just accept they have been chosen.

Ziggy Ziggy: Dealt with the all-girl situation admirably but is now showing signs of insecurity as all the lads fancy his girl.  This could get old very quickly.

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