Years ago quite by accident, I caught an episode of CBS’ reality show Big Brother. As the name, Big Brother implies someone is watching the contestants’ every move. It was the summer before 9/11 and I believe the show was in season 4. I became interested because of who would later become the half-million-dollar winner, Jun Song. Miss Song intrigued me. She was sweet and seemed concerned about the welfare of all her housemates but in the background, she had another agenda. She caught my eye because she played both sides so brilliantly that I couldn’t stop watching.
I never watched a full season of Big Brother until last year. I suppose now I should tell you about the show. Off the top of my head, I believe the reality show has 16 contestants who live in a house with hundreds of cameras recording everything they do. From week to week a contestant is voted out of the house and in between evictions there are contests to determine what everyone eats and where they sleep. There are also prizes for trips and cold hard cash. The grand prize goes to the last person standing in the amount of $500,000. Not sure what the runner-up gets but I think that’s a nice overview. Now last year in addition to watching the show on CBS I opted for the 24/7 live feeds and I noticed something that had been talked about on the boards. The edited show is very different from the live feeds. So much so that I stopped watching the CBS show altogether.
Last week 2 of my college friends got into an argument about the show. The source of their argument was a contestant named, Danielle. Danielle is a 23-year-old LPN from Alabama who has great hair, a pretty face, and a so-so body. Oh, she’s fuckable but I digress. Did I mention my friends work on Capitol Hill? So, the Obama supporter said Danielle has serious issues and can’t be trusted. And the Romney supporter said Danielle is a sweet Southern girl who loves Jesus and people are picking on her. After going a few rounds I chimed in and asked who was watching the feeds. I’ll give you one guess as to who was watching the feeds. Last night the 3 of us sat down and went over the unedited tape. We saw where this woman contradicted herself and told some huge whoppers. I felt kind of bad doing it because my Romney supporting friend really liked watching that show and I doubt she will ever watch it again. She will, however, be watching the feeds from now on.
So how is this like the election? Think about it. Every 4 years we have some prettied up motherfucker running for office. He always looks good, sounds good, says all the right things and no one ever goes back to the tape. No one ever looks at his record. No one ever (to quote the Wizard of Oz) tries to pull back that fucking curtain. We just keep watching these edited shows which in this case are the cable news networks, the so-called news programs, and the now laughable Sunday morning shows. We’re just like Big Brother fans. Some of us watch the show and enjoy the fantasy and some of us watch the feeds and bitch about how the show isn’t like the feeds. In other words, some of us buy the con and some of us don’t. And none of us ever as Helen Gurley Brown (may she rest in peace) often quipped “get it”.
Big Brother is a business. Politics is a business. Don’t settle for the edited version – it’s a waste of time and in politics, it can do you and your family irreparable harm.
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Cheryl, completely unedited
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