Jackie S hits British TV
Dear American friends,
Lots of things afoot in Blighty today.
First up, a story to make your eyes water. Best to read it for yourselves, but Ill say this: Guys – never, ever say no to a woman from Liverpool.
And then theres Celebrity Big Brother. You chaps get that too, dont you? Its Big Brother (the reality show) but with (Z-list) celebrities. Only this year it has been rather exciting. In the first instance, and nobody knows how, the producers managed to persuade super-intellectual feminist writer Germaine Greer to take part. She walked out after just a few days, branding the show a forum for bullies after seeing how the other players victimised one of their gang.
And then another inmate, Brigitte Nielsen, had rather a shock when they introduced Jackie Stallone, her estranged ex-mother-in-law, to the house. Come to think of it, we all had rather a shock when she walked in.
The tabloids, of course, are having a field day. WOW Londons favourite, The Sun, is running a piece today about how much plastic surgery the inmates have racked up between them, and how much more they really ought to spend. And the remaining celebs, led by the pneumatic Dane herself, are threatening to walk out en masse.
Finally, a correction. I wrote last week that I was bemused by the amount of complaints that the BBCs showing of Jerry Springer: The Opera was attracting, as a result of the swearing it contained. I said that it wasnt as if it was full of anything like devil worship. Turns out I was wrong! It was full of devil worship and other blasphemies. Just an unfortunate turn of phrase on my part, I assure you, and not evidence of any supernatural abilities, alas. But the point stands – we say no to censorship, and applaud the BBC for running the show.
– Barry Shaverin