Celebrity Big Brother – what WOULD Jesus do?
2016… Forget “New Year, New Me’, everyone knows (okay, well some) that the start of a New Year means one thing – the return of Celebrity Big Brother!! If you have read any of my earlier posts you will know that I am – unashamedly – a fan. This year is particularly interesting; most of the celebrities have already participated in another Reality TV show. This supports the idea that this form of media is fuelling celebrity culture.
However, what do we do when someone is placed within the house and makes comments ‘because they are a Christian’? You may have seen online (or not) that an incident occurred on CBB and the contestant’s response was ‘because they were a Christian it was okay’, when actually they could not justify that kind of response. This does not only have implications for the contestant but it also impacts the public’s view of Christianity. Now I know some of you will question how much of an impact this can actually have but a staggering 3.2 million people watched at least part of the first episode of SEASON 17 (!!!!!!!). Each individual watching CBB has the potential to be influenced by what they see.
If this is how a celebrity who is a Christian behaves on the TV, how can we support such a person?! How can we actually respond to this? I think that this is a perfect example of why we must become involved in this culture. Yes, it is not our place to judge (Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37; Romans 2:1; etc.), but it is our place to love and be an example to non-believers regardless of any beliefs or images they may have of us. We (unfortunately) cannot change what people have viewed but we can walk alongside them, which is what we should do with celebrity culture.
As Celebrity Big Brother ended on Sunday night (10th January 2016) it ended with one of the contestants in the Diary Room and she had this to say:
“This is … 20th Century (sic) mate. No one gives a **** about anyone else. Everyone cares about themselves and I’m sick of it. No one gives a **** about you”.
This is what this generation is being taught – by a celebrity. No one cares about you. If this is not a good enough reason to become involved within this culture, then I am unsure I will ever be able to sway you. Watching celebrities on a Reality TV show is more popular now than it ever has been so, dare I ask the question: Do you think Jesus would have participated in any way? (I do not have the answer for this.)
By Elyse Mackinnon.
Channel Five, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Available from http://www.channel5.com/shows/celebrity-big-brother/episodes/episode-7-540
Telly Mix, ‘Celebrity Big Brother 2016 Ratings Down 500,000 Viewers on Last Year’ Available from http://www.tellymix.co.uk/ratings/246281-celebrity-big-brother-2016-ratings-500000-viewers-last-year.html