Okay Yakksters, as you all know, I always do the show thread, every night it airs, I type it up for you as it happens. I had a VERY hard time doing so on Tuesday, August 11th’s episdoe though as my hands were shaking from anger.
I don’t work for CBS productions, so I have no idea how hard it would have to be to wittle down 24/7 feeds into 42 minutes of aired showtime, 3 times a week. That being said, if you’re going to show the fights, and the controversies, you would THINK you’d also show it in a way that it doesn’t seem slanted, unless you want to avoid bad publicity…….which is just what CBS did tonight.
So, you ask, what happened?
For the last several weeks, whenever Chima has been aggravated by Russell, she’s thrown out the insult of “terrorist” at him, due to his Lebanese background. Never mind her making fun of his ear, as she says “cauliflower ear” (Russells’ left ear is deformed), but she also at one point referred to him as Osama. This was an obvious reference to Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world.
On tonight’s episode of Big Brother, however, her remarks were edited and shown in the context of her backpeddling efforts, after DR advisements that she tone it down (this is our supposition). So what did they show? They showed all of his rants, interwoven with her saying he was a terrorist b/c he is terrorizing the house. They did NOT show her calling him Osama, they did NOT show her calling him a terrorist in the derogatory sense. CBS wanted Chima, after her clip on Sunday talking about her rape, to seem sympathetic. And heck, they didn’t even show her remark about wanting to entice Russell into a fight, so he’d assault her, go to jail and hopefully he’d be raped.
Russell is no angel, by any means, but after Chima’s first week slaughter of Braden, which she later admitted to amping up to cause drama, it makes her much worse in our eyes.
So what’s the big deal you ask? Why is this so upsetting? It upsets us b/c the casual would NOT know about Chima’s real intentions with her remarks and think that only Russell was in the wrong. If you want to show the truth, show the WHOLE truth, not just a truth spun so casual viewers don’t think some maniac is running loose in the Big Brother house.
And let’s also not forget, Chima plans to throw a hissy fit of epic proportions should Jeff use the Coup D’etat on Thursday (which we REALLY hope he does). CBS and persons in the DR are frantically trying to figure out a way to keep her calm, but after Chima’s repeated defiance of production, why bother? Obviously they’re going to let her run loose in that house and not show who the REAL maniac is…….and it’s not Russell.