Denseman on the Rattis

Formerly known as the Widmann Blog



The recent uproar about racism in Celebrity Big Brother is fascinating. While the British are generally regarded as very tolerant, it’s quite clear to anybody who’s lived here for a while that that isn’t the whole story. They are very inhibited about complaining out loud, and they tend to moan about people behind their backs instead of telling them up front what they dislike. Some foreigners possibly never notice this moaning, and they thus assume British people are tolerant, which is possibly why some people in India were so shocked about what happened.

It’s also interesting to notice the reaction to this – while Indian people might have been shocked by the realisation that British people aren’t always nice, people in this country seem to have been more shocked by the fact that it was broadcast, and many have suggested taking Big Brother off air, rather than doing anything to tackle the underlying xenophobia.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *