I'm not a fan of Big Brother; the only possible decent use of the house would be to keep the people who win the auditions in there, minus the cameras. So I was quite pleased to hear the news in the summer that Channel 4 would not be renewing Endemol's contract to produce the dross. Unfortunately this means that we do have one series left in 2010 to keep actual news out of the papers in an already watered down media.
But an e-mail which passed across my desk has moved them lower in my estimation: something I didn't think was possible. Casting directors have been e-mailing various organisations asking them to encouraging members to contact the production company along side the usual open auditions which, one can presume, aren't going that well. That wouldn't be so bad, I suppose, if they hadn't contacted a particular charity who assist vulnerable veterans suffering from homelessness, drink and drug abuse asking for 'case studies' to contact.
Men and women who have bravely served their country and fallen on hard times or dealt badly with the transition from the Armed Forces to civvy street are now ideal people to be under continual observation and media scrutiny, are they?
How fucking heartless do you have to be to think that putting a homeless person in a house where they face a weekly eviction vote is a good idea?
I suppose for the Islington set, it's alright to send the army into pointless wars to keep in America's good books, it's alright to cut their budget to fund plush new offices for bureaucrats, so I can't see why it wouldn't be alright to insult and exploit them one last time.
Endemol: beyond any fucking boundary of good taste and decency.
You utter cunts.