Big Brother returns with another season and Phumlani S Langa wishes all of this would come to an abrupt end, forever.
The beginning of 2023 might have you wondering what it is that our nation has done to anger amadlozi (ancestors). Rolling blackouts continue to have us in their grips. Our president thinks cancelling futile trips is somehow a remedy to this and to make things worse, DStv has unveiled yet another season of Big Brother.
Someone, make all this stop. Your Twitter feed is at present littered with random names of some housemates who have made early impressions in what could easily be described as the most pointless on-screen event of the year, much like last year’s Big Brother… and every other one to precede that, whether here on the continent or abroad.
Just as an aside, any reality show where the contestants have to wear name tags is probably a suspect presentation.
This season has something to do with Big Brother Titans, but there is nothing titanic about what you will witness, other than the lack of talent on display in front and behind the lens.
We understand the idea of mind-numbing TV shows, a lot of which are reality-based, but in watching this, you would be pardoned for fearing your mind might slip into a permanent state of stupidity.
Naturally, this show will probably perform amazingly in terms of viewership.
Old Lawrence Maleka is back as the host, poor man. He is joined by Nigeria’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu in this season that involves contestants from Nigeria and South Africa competing for some coveted prize.
You can expect to be subjected to more idle conversations as people do their laundry and eat dinner… thrilling stuff. We also can’t forget the forced product placement from sponsors Lotto Star and Pepsi.
This may come as a revelation to a few but some of us fully comprehend that reality TV is scripted.
That means someone carefully picks characters and ensures some very feeble arcs and poorly constructed storyboards are worked in.
This is to say that someone cultivated this bile and honestly, this person should reconsider their role in society before they are publicly hazed.
If there was ever an entity, event or occurrence we hoped would get impacted by load shedding, it’s this production, if you could call it that.
What a great service it would be if Eskom would hit them up. All their fail-safes capitulate and cameras need to be shut down.
Alas, that won’t happen and the likelihood of this trending regularly is as high as Ramaphosa cancelling another trip in the not-so-distant future to “fix” another blunder.
We should also refer to the scoreboard as DStv and the channels that fall under this umbrella have started this year with two misses, if you count their new soapie Gqeberha.
Might need to consider a change of tac to turn this abysmal start around.
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