It’s not only fascinating docos about Dolly that display the government’s creeping balance-isation of everything on tv. After the turkey slap stoushes of 2006, Big Brother 2007 is trimming its sails to the prevailing electoral winds. (Let’s not forget that the BB06 incident also led to crazed regulate the intertubes and all who sail in them draft bill from the immaculately coiffed but ever policy deficient Senator Coonan).
Not content with pleasing Brownies and Ruddites with a totally Green House, BB07 has an on first inspection utterly vile housemate, Joel, who is a Young Liberal:
Fact 1: Joel is an elite athlete, neat freak and young Liberal.
Fact 2: He has been known to dress as a priest to meet girls.
Yep, Joel, that’s normally a surefire way to impress the gals!
I’ll resist the temptation, at this stage, to indulge in a rant about the triumph of the airheads in the serried and designer jeaned ranks of Australia’s conservative yoof. No doubt Miranda Devine and other apostles of South Park conservatism will be proud. Or not.
But, it goes on.
As well as killing the adults only show, the show has actual professionals to encourage a non-bogan-ish and intellectually refined atmosphere instead of all that talking about sex (yeah, right). There are two qualified solicitors! (To borrow Gretel’s term – who, incidentally, has apparently heeded the call of the masses to fire her stylist.)
And there’s a godfearing Mormon woman who doesn’t drink and has never worn a bikini. She’s chillaxed! From a family of nine! And country hair stylist Aleisha has seven siblings! More than in Peter Costello’s wildest dreams. And in the optional housemates we can vote in, there’s a happy clapper and a secular Muslim woman with blue eyes and not a burqa in sight!. Demet is a belly dancer. How Aussie can you get? Don’t you just love BB, election year style? Quite possibly, Ms Ove, Janet and the Devine Miss M will. Pity about the timing though – when there’s a very good chance indeed “all of us” will vote John Howard out of the House…