Working classes not racist shocker!!!

by Keren Suchecki

I get really fed up with the sneering attitude of ‘serious’ media commentators over Big Brother every year. Low brow it may be, harbinger of the apocalypse it is not.

You’ve got to admire this programme’s honesty – how often are we told that selection processes (from general elections to job interviews) are not popularity contests? Well this one is exactly that and apparently what’s popular is: working class; gay; female; religious; transsexual; working class; disabled; and black. (Or Craig, Brian, Kate, Cameron, Nadia, Anthony, Pete and Brian as they prefer to be known.)

Big Brother’s largely youth-based electorate produces these results without equalities training or a cohesion project to tell them how to tick boxes and it seems somewhat hollow that they’re frequently derided by the liberal-left as a materialistic, celebrity-obsessed monoculture. (Although admittedly there is a bit of an over-representation of Brians in that list.)

What’s most positive is that winners aren’t chosen because they represent a group – it’s qualities not equalities that attract votes. Qualities such as: honesty; fair play; empathy; a sense of fun; straightforwardness; and, most significant of all, integrity. It’s doesn’t take a genius to work out why this same electorate is disengaged from politics, does it?

Nadia, who doesn’t fit the profile as easily as the others, won the viewers hearts by using the diary room to explain her struggle to be accepted as a woman and to gain trust while she tested her new identity out on her housemates. If you buy into the moral panic that surrounds community cohesion debates you’d think an immigrant transsexual winner would be impossibility in this country.

I love Big Brother because the good guy always wins (even when he’s a gal). And I think that the way it rewards good old-fashioned values proves that most people don’t discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, class, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Reassuring that, isn’t it?

This article first appeared in ‘Regeneration and Renewal’ magazine. Keren Suchecki is a regeneration worker in South Bristol.

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10 Responses to Working classes not racist shocker!!!

  1. bluebaldee says:

    Great article Keren!

  2. Jon Eccles says:

    I thought so too. Will you be writing regularly?

    I’m not a fan of the programme, but I really liked it when Jade Goody and the racists all got voted out, and the victim of racism won by a landslide. I think the vote to evict Jade was something like 85%.

  3. Keren says:

    This article appeared in New Start, not Regeneration and Renewal. Regeneration and Renewal has no sense of humour according to a journalist of theirs I was talking to yesterday.

  4. Keren says:

    Jon – I have no idea if I’ll be writing regularly, the Blogger just steals my stuff without asking me.

  5. Keren says:

    Sorry, I know I’m rambling, but I must retract my statement about Regeneration and Renewal having no sense of humour. On Monday night the magazine gave John Prescott a Lifetime Achievement in Regeneration award.

  6. Jografer says:

    Big Brother promoting honesty we should admire.. ha, ha, ha… more nonsense from from a ‘wadical’ poverty chaser….. for her next trick she presumably will be telling us how ‘Tricia’ is good for us….

  7. I liked your article very much too, you made some telling points (though I’m not a regular watcher of the program) . I’m for the Bristol Blogger inviting you to have a regular slot (if you want it of course).

    What does the blogger say about this?

  8. Woodsy says:


    At least s/he gives you credit for your work, unlike the Evening Post hacks when they steal stuff of Bristol Indymedia…

  9. bluebaldee says:

    In my experience Evening Post hacks will regurgitate a press release verbatim rarely adding any originality to an article.

  10. Yep, I’ve written press releases, a while back admittedly, that have been used by the EP as bluebaldee suggests. In fact sometimes when they have edited it they’ve made a poor job!

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