Because apparently such individuals are very vulnerable and BB is only out to exploit them to make money.
That’s funny. I don’t remember there being a huge public outcry when ‘vulnerable’ Tourettes sufferer Pete Bennett or blind Mikey Hughes were tipped to enter the house. In fact, if I remember correctly, far from being accused of crass exploitation, BB was applauded for bringing their disabilities to the public arena, showing that they do not exclude individuals with disabilities from participating in the show and demonstrating how Pete and Mikey are perfectly capable of joining in with everyday tasks and activities, both inside and out of the BB house. And it’s funny how rather than being ridiculed or exploited, both contestants were extremely popular with the public, with Pete a winner in BB7 and Mikey a runner-up in BB9.
Surely rather than ‘exploiting’ our injured troops, BB would be bringing their plight and the existence of related charities such as Help For Heroes to greater public attention in the same way that Mikey and Pete were given a platform to bring Tourettes and sight difficulties to mainstream TV? And what’s wrong with putting an injured serviceman on primetime TV and giving him a public voice to speak about the treatment of the armed forces out in Afghanistan…ooooh, I see…
Ghoulishness on BB’s part? More like squeamishness on the media’s part, I suspect.
I realise that the vast majority of our injured troops are suffering with deliberating wounds, both physical and mental, but some of the servicemen that I encountered during my recent stay in hospital seemed full of life and vigour and far from ‘vulnerable’. Even some of those who had lost limbs seemed remarkable chipper and made me feel terribly guilty when whinging about my broken arm. In fact, if I suggested to one or two of them in particular that they were ‘vulnerable’ and incapable of carrying on with normal life (which is what the media is suggesting) then I would certainly have got a slap around the face!
And then there is the issue of prize money. I for one would certainly prefer to see the BB prize money go to an ex-serviceman or equally to a charity such as Help For Heroes rather than being donated by some brainless blonde to a rest home for retired Chihuahuas. It would certainly make me pick up the phone and vote…