Skip to main content

Big Brother 15 Scandals Are Hurting Competition

When it comes to reality television, there isn't much that I like. But there are two shows that keep me interested. They are Survivor and Big Brother.

Big Brother might come as a surprise to many people that know me or read my books. On the surface, it seems like a shallow show about people in a house and moping around. But really, the competition and strategy involved is the best out there, even when compared to Survivor. I think this has to do with the length of time the competition happens and all the switches in strategy and alliances that occur because people are living in close quarters.

Each summer, it makes for loads of fun. Fun where I imagine myself being a part of the competition. Who would I align with? What would I do? Could I win?

Big Brother is now in its 15th season on CBS. And this season has done something to really stir the pot.
Many of the houseguests have made racist, homophobic, and misogynistic remarks during the live feeds of the show. While these haven't been shown during the actual airings on CBS (shame on you for hiding the truth), the remarks of Aaryn and Gina Marie have already cost them their jobs. I'm sure Spencer isn't far behind in this regard.

I won't go into details about what they said. Plenty of other sites, including CNN, are reporting on these things. Many fans are up in arms, asking for the houseguests to be booted from the show. Some fans are boycotting the show.

On top of this, the live feed of this week's Head of Household competition (whoever wins is safe from eviction until the following week) shows Jeremy and Aaryn handing off cups of BBQ Sauce when the host, Julie Chen, clearly stated they were to pour the sauce into the cups as they transfer them to a large jar, filling it to win. Jeremy and Aaryn won the competition, despite cheating and proceeding to mention they cheated later on the live feeds. CBS never withdrew their win (shame on you again). The HOH Cheating video on YouTube shows it all.

Yes, cheaters do win. Jeremy and Aaryn (center of photo) handing cups off.

All these scandals are rightly getting press, but for me, as a fan of Big Brother, it's doing something I hate.

It's taking away the strategy and competition. The focus of the show is being lost.

What's worse is that no one is standing up to it. Nobody is telling them this isn't right. Of course, when they leave the show, they'll face many consequences for their actions. But I'd like to see it happen from within. The other houseguests don't need to tolerate this, even if CBS will. Instead of wondering how I would strategize on the show, I find myself wondering how I would confront these people on their obscene behavior.

Ultimately, these people have ruined the show for me. Their hatred and prejudice is fueling their strategy, and that's no strategy at all. The fun of watching smart minds go far in this game has all but disappeared. It has turned into a shallow show of people moping around, and worse, making racial, homophobic, and misogynistic remarks to one another. CBS might be getting extra press and maybe viewers on the live feed for their casting decisions, but in the end, they've ruined the game that is so fun to watch.

Here's hoping something gets fixed, and soon, so things can get back to the way they should be on Big Brother.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"You Have 22 Minutes" - A Kindle Vella Story

You Have 22 Minutes I awake in darkness. Confused. How did I get here? Who am I? Of these things, I'm uncertain. A voice calls out to me, counting down to what I can only deduce is an inevitable conclusion. It says, "You have twenty-two minutes until the next displacement shift." Episode Titles Episode 1 - ...Until the Next Displacement Shift (free) Episode 2 -  ...To Enjoy an Awkward Hot Shower   (free) Episode 3 -  ...To Avoid Becoming a Tasty Morsel   (free) Episode 4 -  ...To Prove Yourself a Capable Mommy   (35 tokens) Episode 5 - ... Until You Unwittingly Become a Self-Traitor   (38 tokens) Episode 6 - ...To Travel Through Ducts to Escape Your Abductors   (37 tokens) Episode 7 -  ...Until All Your Mistakes Make You a Failure  (30 tokens) - Available 7/27/2021 Episode 8 -  ...To Successfully Do It All Over Again  (35 tokens) - Available 8/3/2021 Episode 9 -  ...To Be the Creator of Your Origin Story  (27 tokens) - Available 8/10/2021 More to come! Available exclusiv

Designing a Book Cover - The Fourth Layer

 In my last post, I spoke about "The Third Layer" in my process of designing book covers. That was adding the author name. I also likened layers one through three to being a cake. It's baked. The layers are stacked. And it's edible. But in order to entice someone to eat the cake, the final decorations—icing, color, flowers, etc.—need to be added. So what can I do with my current book cover to spruce it up? The Fourth Layer of course! This is the crucial and final layer. This is where everything comes together to form the complete book cover. The steps I use below are my own. You'll need to determine what is needed for your cover when you get to this layer. Only you know your book. Only you know what's important. The Fourth Layer is where you can get creative. First, I want to continue with the older adventure book type feel. With The Legend of Kyd Lumin , I want people to think it's a book not published in 2021 but rather, published sometime in the 80'

Designing a Book Cover - The Third Layer

In my last post, I spoke about "The Second Layer" of designing a book cover, which is making sure you title stands out well.  Now we head to "The Third Layer". This one probably will seem obvious and it complements "The Second Layer" . It is your author name. It's important that your author name be positioned and sized correctly. There are a few approaches to this. For well known authors—for instance Stephen King or James Patterson—having the author name prominent and big on the cover is good. The reason is, their names are so popular that the author name sells the book more so than the book title sells it. As a self-published author you could use this thought process for your cover to give the impression that you are a popular author. Of course, your mileage will vary with this approach. The other option is to not allow the author name to dominate the content. So you would want it to be smaller than the title. You could even make it barely noticeable