Last night, after Frankie told Zach he was going to put him up as a replacement nominee when the veto is used (by Frankie) today, #RenomRule began trending on Twitter. It began quietly with people just asking questions of whether the Nomination rule was broken, then turned into an all out protest of sorts. #RenomRule hit number one first in the United States, then made it to #1 in the world trend. Zach fans and Big Brother fans that just want the show to have some drama and entertainment had flocked and made their voices heard, at least on Twitter. It remains to be seen if the rule actually gets enforced by Big Brother themselves.
However with the trend, I decided to try and dig deeper into the history and meaning of this rule. First, I don’t believe this is just a “Re-nom” thing, but applies to all Nominations. A Houseguest is not allowed to specifically state to a nominee that they are going up. They can elude to it, they can skirt around the subject, but they aren’t supposed to tell them, or any other Houseguests for that matter, directly. With that said, it has happened plenty of times before. Just this week, with the choosing of the Skittles, Christine was told she was going up with Donny before it happened. Donny was told, Cody and Caleb were told. Some have said that Devin specifically told Paola that she was going up. (I don’t remember if he did or didn’t specifically, but I do remember her knowing it was happening.) I have included a copy of this “Nomination Rule” below.
These rules are of course VERY general and appear to be rarely enforced. We always hear on the feeds the discussing as to who they are thinking, why they are thinking it etc. I’m sure Big Brother keeps them general for a reason. Whether they choose to enforce them at any given time is entirely up to them.
I have also read the there are rumors that this rule is no longer in place. That is not true. The rule still exists. The way you know it’s still in place? Watching the feeds. The majority of the season, we have seen Heads of Household say things like “I am not allowed to specifically say names, but let’s say I do put up A and B…” You can see them acknowledge that they aren’t supposed to actually say who they are putting up, but again, can skirt around the issue. I’m guessing that the reason Big Brother has this rule in place is to try and keep the “mystery” of who will go up and keep the viewer guessing until the nominations are actually made. Again though has this rule always been followed? No, of course not.
To the question has this rule ever been enforced? Again from what I have read, yes. Back in season 12, Brendon told Britney specifically he was putting her up, told her to “fight” for the veto. Not long later, Brendon was called to the Diary Room. After a long period of blocked out feeds, fans who watch the feeds and the show noticed on the show that conversation was different than what they had seen on the feeds. Britney and Brendon talked instead about her “possibly” going up, but it doesn’t come to fruition, he puts up a different person instead. Course, I just read this on the internet and could be untrue in itself, we have no idea unless the previous houseguest wants to, or is allowed to, talk about it.
Has it been enforced other times? We really don’t know. Maybe. Big Brother blocks the feeds for a lot of “Production” needs, has houseguests repeat conversations for air, etc. So who’s to say? I would think, however, previous houseguests would be able to confirm or deny this aspect and how often this rule has been enforced, unless of course they have a signed agreement with CBS not to discuss it, which of course is not only very possible but more than likely the case.
Will it be enforced now? Would it be fair? Well, I guess that’s subjective. To Zach fans, darn right it’s fair! To not so much Zach fans, no way. Regardless of what the fans think though, “CBS reserves the right…” You know how it goes. They might enforce it for good TV, they may not. It’s entirely up to Big Brother and what they think is best for the game and the ratings. As Zach is very high up on the “liked” meter as far as Houseguests go, it could be a good ratings move and make pretty nice drama on television. It could turn the tides on the mundane house domination by the “Detonators” having Zach stay and someone like Hayden or Nicole come back in. Even Frankie’s famous sister (did you know he has a famous sister?) tweeted out #RenomRule last night. Course Frankie’s mother and sister believe that Frankie did this on purpose to save Zach all the while having a way out with his alliance in not putting Zach up. I think that’s a little far fetched here. But hey Zach fans, having that famous sister in your corner on this rule may not be such a bad thing.
What do you think? Totally unfair? Fair? Unfair but you want it to happen anyway? Let us know what you think in the comments below!