Thursday, June 07, 2007

Big Brother is watching the racists

After the Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody racism debacle earlier this year, it doesn't come as much of a surprise to see that Channel 4's Big Brother is feeling a bit sensitive about accusations of racism. And in response to the use of the word "nigger" by Emily Parr to a black housemate Charley Uchea last night, they've removed her from the house, according to this BBC news article.

What was the context of the word? What was meant by it? Was Emily trying to get down with her "homegirl"? Or is she an ignorant racist bigot? Is it all a stitch-up by Endemol and Channel 4 to regain themselves a bit of respectability after their recent hammering by the Standards Authority.

The Guardian is offering a "provisional transcript" here so have a look.

Watch this space...

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ENA1 - Language & Representation
ENA5 - Language Change

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