- Some times, there’s nothing better than mind numbing reality TV. There’s just something kind of nice about turning off your brain and watching things that really don’t matter, like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” or “Big Brother.” However, there are some moments of reality TV that do feed into ongoing and larger-than-life narratives. That’s the story with a recent “Celebrity Big Brother UK” episode that caused a lot of controversy.
This season of “Celebrity Big Brother UK” features a U.S. presidential theme because everyone thinks U.S. politics is a joke right now.
Stormy Daniels was supposed to be in the cast, but she dropped out last minute. The producers and crew decided to keep with the U.S. politics theme despite Daniels backing out of the season.
Kirstie Alley, one of two Americans on the show, decided to make the other contestants play a game where they built a wall to stop people from getting green cards.
On episode 4, Alley channeled President Trump and told her housemates that they had to build a “great wall” in order to stop from intruders from entering. Alley was also told to pick a person to oversee “the construction of a magnificent wall that will keep outsiders out of the house and away from Big Brother’s green cards.”
Contestants had to either help build the wall or dress up as border patrol to stop people from getting green cards.
— XaniaNews (@XaniaNews_com) August 22, 2018
People on social media, and some of the contestants, were outraged that “Celebrity Big Brother UK” would use the immigration crisis in the U.S. as a punchline.
Natalie Nunn, who is famous from the “Bad Girls Club,” thought that the wall building game was highly problematic.
Fellow contestants are shown as begging and pressuring Nunn to participate in the game. However, she did not stay quiet. She was quick to point out the offensive nature of the task and even called out Alley for being a Trump supporter.
Nunn pointed out that Alley had nothing to say because she supports Trump, who wants to build the border wall.
Nunn was so uncomfortable with the challenge that she did her best not to participate. She stood there in shock as people went right to work building the fake border wall.
People on social media sided with Nunn in their disgust about the challenge.
— Suber (@SuberTheHitman) August 19, 2018
This is either a severe blindspot by the producers or they were just trying to spur a reaction from audience members.
The extreme antics seem to be pushing some fans far away from the show.
— Amy (@missAmylove88) August 19, 2018
Before the border wall stunt, contestant Rodrigo Avles said the n-word twice in a conversation with some housemates. He was lectured and given a final warning about the language, but some people think that was too easy.
Real families are being torn apart because of this administration’s views on immigration. It isn’t something to joke about.
— Jaremi Carey (@PhiPhiOhara) August 21, 2018
Making jokes at the expense of people losing their friends and families is a low point. There are so many other ways to have fun without minimizing the real impact of people being victimized by the U.S. immigration system.