Written by: Matt
This week, just like every week, reporters will have access to the Big Brother 8 contestant voted off the show. As I discussed yesterday I’m fully expecting it to be Amber instead of Zach and when that happens the usual freedom of reporters will be restricted by CBS. A spokeswoman for Big Brother 8 has stated that reporters will be prohibited from asking questions to either Amber or Jameka about racist commentary made by Amber a little over three weeks ago. While these comments weren’t broadcast by CBS they were captured here on our site as well as on video (you can watch it all here). Considering my extreme dislike for this particular player I think an inquiry to the racist views of her and her family would certainly be near the top of my list.
So what’s the motivation behind Big Brother’s, well, big brotherish tactics? The Associated Press reports that Big Brother 8’s executive producer, Allison Grodner, declined to be interviewed, but the show did release an explanation of their reasons:
A CBS spokeswoman said asking [Amber] Siyavus or [Jameka] Cameron about the comments could influence the jury voters and affect the integrity of the game.
I don’t really see how much of a big deal it’d make at this point. Most viewers already know Amber is a low-grade individual despite her belief of being a “good person.” That means this is likely only intended to hide it from the rest of the viewers. But let’s say it’s because they’re really worried about “the integrity of the game.” What then? Maybe they’re thinking if it came down to Eric and another house guest Amber would change her vote to be in favor of Eric so she didn’t look anti-semitic after all. Other than that I’m not sure what they’re presenting as a possibility. Add your thoughts below if you have any ideas.
It’s worth noting the Associated Press has declined the opportunity to interview both Amber and Jameka. I think this was the right thing for them to do as it would just extend the producer’s control behind the walls of the Big Brother house. Shame on you CBS and Allison Grodner.
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Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2007
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