Race, Class and Prejudice Live on British Reality Television

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A British television show has generated 30,000 complaints from viewers, enough that Prime Minister Tony Blair has been called to account in Parliament. Gordon Brown, his likely successor, was embarrassed in public during a trip to India, where effigies of Celebrity Big Brother's contestants have been burned in the streets. The show is about people locked up together long enough to get on each other's nerves. The viewing audience then decides who stays and who goes, and there's big money for the one who lasts the longest. Terry Kirby of The Independent reports on the backlash from the show that became an international incident.




Warren Olney