Ken Morley / Credit: Channel 5
Ken Morley / Credit: Channel 5
Jeremy Jackson / Credit: Channel 5
Jeremy Jackson / Credit: Channel 5

It's been perhaps the most controversial week in Celebrity Big Brother history, as not one but two housemates were ejected for unacceptable behaviour - something we've never seen in the history of the show in the past.

First we saw Jeremy Jackson ejected from the celebrity household for peeling open Chloe Goodman's robe and exposing her nude body underneath - an unsettling event that should never happened and something that he is 100% apologetic for.

But perhaps more dangerous and worrying than this is the response that the public gave to the act. Some rightly called for Jeremy to immediately leave and sympathised with Chloe - a 21-year-old woman who had been violated.

Unfortunately, others didn't see it that way, and hundreds upon hundreds of comments flooded social media, claiming that Chloe was "overreacting" and "milking" the event. The cynical nature and personality trait that some harboured is a reflection on the flaws British society still have when it comes to a woman and her right to respond naturally to an event nobody should have to go through.

I'm under no illusion that if Chloe had batted his hand away and played the whole thing down, Jeremy would still be in the house, but that is not the way she felt - instead feeling scared, unsafe and violated. As a woman she has every right to react in the way she did, and anybody who denies her that freedom by hiding behind the assumption that she was "overreacting" or "milking" things needs to take a huge step into the 21st century.

Sure, Celebrity Big Brother is there so that we can see some minimally famous faces and judge them, but when it comes to the point where we cannot take at face value somebody who seems to be having a panic attack following a traumatic event, is it still all in good fun, or has the show and some of its viewership taken a sinister turn?

Then comes removal number two. Ken Morley. Ex-Coronation Street legend, but a man who's now known as a repugnant and offensive fool who has no boundaries or abilities to censor his words.

It started with Ken announcing to sleeping houseguests that he'd be walking into the house's bathroom to get a glimpse at the women's bottoms - namely Chloe Goodman's and Cami Li's.

Making the young women feel uncomfortable, he was told by the rest of the house that as a man he shouldn't be saying things like that about women who are over three decades younger than him.

His out of touch nature was further shown when he told Chloe that she shouldn't be responding in the way she was if she wanted to make it in the movie world, because Jeremy was a Jewish film producer who apparently has a lot of influence.

Further offensive comments came when he quizzed why he couldn't make comments about Chloe's bottom when she was a bottom double for Cameron Diaz - something she expertly responded to by stating that she acted as the bottom double because it was something she chose to do and something she could control.

Later asking Michelle Visage if she would "violently f*ck Calum Best", she warned him that he was lucky she was the person he was asking, as other people would take huge offense to such a ridiculous question - especially those in the house who are in a relationship or married.

One event saw him state that Cami was wearing an outfit "half-Hindu princess, half slut" - something he defended on Loose Women by claiming that on the first night, Cami bit his ear and told him she did so because he "liked it".

Criticised for his language, he often said he was acting in such ways because that's what the show called for: "The whole purpose of this is to be thrown out as quickly as possible, and run out with all the money and be gone".

In one conversation with Alexander O'Neal, he used the racially-insensitive word "negro", and it was the re-use of this word when in an anecdotal recollection to Keith Chegwin, he said he told Frank Bruno that he loved "negro rhythms".

Despite all of this, Ken still has his defenders after being ejected following numerous warnings. Even celebrity contestant Katie Hopkins said whilst still being in the house that Ken should have been evicted the proper way - by the public - instead of being "censored out of the house".

It's a dangerous debate to wade into, but one I feel about in the strongest terms possible - women and men alike should never be made to feel like they are in danger. Women and men alike should never be made to feel like they are inferior. And men and women alike should be able to live in a house together for a few weeks without offending each other to the point at which they feel all of the above and more.


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  1. by Taryn 15th Jan 2015 16:55

    Excellent article Dan, the comments people made about Chloe overreacting turned my stomach, how could they say that after what happened?!

  2. by Chudleigh 15th Jan 2015 20:55

    They were all meant for each other. It is a programme of absolutely no import whatsoever. The only thing that would make me watch this load of unmitigated dross would be the release of rabid dogs into the camp.

  3. by Red head mum 15th Jan 2015 21:49

    The huge flaws in British society is that drivel like this is funded made and broadcast and that's before we even mention the "guests"

  4. by Aqua 15th Jan 2015 21:59

    Red head mum wrote:The huge flaws in British society is that drivel like this is funded made and broadcast and that's before we even mention the "guests"


    :clap: :clap:

  5. by Julie-Anne 15th Jan 2015 22:31

    It seems that thing always has a big controversy. :roll: What happened this time?

  6. by franfran 17th Jan 2015 12:54

    Female First wrote:Jeremy Jackson and Ken Morley have been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house this week


    Maybe they should have pulled the plug on the entire program instead.....

  7. by C.G. 17th Jan 2015 18:30

    Well I am only slightly ashamed to say that I have been watching it. Cheggers to win.

  8. by Red head mum 17th Jan 2015 21:40

    C.G. wrote:Well I am only slightly ashamed to say that I have been watching it. Cheggers to win.

    There was me thinking you were far to sophisticated and intellectual to watch it :mrgreen: xx

  9. by Chudleigh 18th Jan 2015 10:03

    Red head mum wrote:
    C.G. wrote:Well I am only slightly ashamed to say that I have been watching it. Cheggers to win.

    There was me thinking you were far to sophisticated and intellectual to watch it :mrgreen: xx



    Have they released the dogs yet?

  10. by franfran 18th Jan 2015 11:53

    Chudleigh wrote:Have they released the dogs yet?


    Do you mean the contestants?

  11. by C.G. 18th Jan 2015 14:58

    Red head mum wrote:
    C.G. wrote:Well I am only slightly ashamed to say that I have been watching it. Cheggers to win.

    There was me thinking you were far to sophisticated and intellectual to watch it :mrgreen: xx

    It's a guilty pleasure.