“Has anyone ever met a refugee?”
Was that really an episode of Big Brother I just watched?
Nine’s decision to screen a Late Night Feast edition of Big Brother was its most intriguing episode so far, and brought home the value of the show’s format.
Screening an “adult-friendly” edition, instead of the relentless family-friendly editions allowed us to get to know the housemates more deeply than some of the stunts and antics that have screened so far.
Housemates were treated to a banquet (and a fair bit of plonk) and prompted to answer questions that had been prepared by Big Brother.
Matt explained how a fellow soldier came out to him in Afghanistan, and he respected him more.
Mikkalaya said we were a society based on immigrants. Jade spoke about how the lack of controls in Italy had led to problems within that country. Ed is friends with an ex-refugee from Sudan and supported multiculturalism.
Matt spoke about the value of ANZAC Day and what it meant to him. Heidi said how much impact visiting Gallipoli had made on her.
Caleb talked about firefighters who had died of cancer.
“You learn more about people when you touch on topics like that,” said Ben.
But the show couldn’t resist a round of Truth or Dare which led to pashing (including same-sex pashing), a strip from Drew, pole-dancing from Ed and later, dancing, spas and a few nudie-runs. The most nudity that was shown was a bare behind, a long way short of previous incarnations.
It also kind of left me feeling pretty ripped-off about the 7pm version.
I understand there are some topics that can’t run in a PG timeslot. Refugees, gay marriage, soldiers in Afghanistan are not amongst them. Nine needs to give the producers more flexibility more often if it wants to address some sliding numbers.