on the face of it, Big Brother (and to a greater extent Sleb BB) is all about individuals exercising as much control over their observable behaviours as possible, lest the viewers (at whatever hour of the day or night) dislike what they see and ultimately vote them out – in other words, trying their best to win a popularity contest by ensuring their best side is always on show. As most of us know, prolonged behaviour of this type is unsustainable and invariably leads to neuroses.
I tip my hat to Biggins because he spoke without apparent self-censorship nor regard for how others might dissect and interpret his words. In his heart he knows he is on the side of the angels (he basically meant no harm) and therefore how can anything he said be taken with malice? As admirable as I find this trait, (it is one I recognise in myself – I often remark that I need a filter between my brain and tongue) it’s unfortunately one which is ripe for exploitation by anyone with a suitable agenda. A more sobering thought is that the young and impressionable watching this will have noted that this is not the right thing to say if you want to remain “popular” among vacuous blatherheads and the cycle will be hard to break.
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