The reimagined Big Brother launched on the Seven Network last week, to a strong audience of 1.22 million viewers. And while people seem to be flocking to – and enjoying – the show, it hasn’t arrived on our screens without drama.
The Televisionaries host Louise Rugendyke is this week joined by culture editor-at-large Michael Idato and Green Guide and The Guide critic Debi Enker to discuss the show. While the experts are surprised by how much they’re enjoying the format, they also address the limited diversity in the house.
“The diversity issue sort of lives on two layers,” says Idato. “The first three evictees were all non-white contestants.
“I think what people see when they criticise that is that people in the house are making a subconsciously racist decision to eject everyone who’s non-white. I’m not 100 per cent sure that’s exactly what’s happening. What I think is actually happening happens on a more complex level – it’s not the house that’s the problem … the problem lies in the casting.”