Not only was it no surprise that Andy won this season, but the reactions to the long-kept secrets about houseguests losing their jobs along the way were significantly underwhelming. Aaryn, by popular opinion being tagged the worst of the group, excused that her modeling agency let her go by telling Entertainment Tonight that she was “on the rocks” with them before she went into the BB house and has six interviews upcoming. Meanwhile, Spencer dismissed his with some jargon about his union and GinaMarie is heartbroken but under the impression that she is a great role model because of her long life story, regardless of her recent, documented behavior on television. The winner, Andy, now half a million dollars richer was potentially fired, but he is only a part-time instructor at the school and didn’t have a stable job there anyway. And, unfortunately, the rumors about Amanda’s unemployment seem not to be true at all and apparently McRae is moving to Florida.
I am with this guy: this season of BB was excessively boring and the only thing to talk about is all the hate speech. As I’ve said before, there’s no way this kind of shit has never happened in the BB in all of its 15 seasons. CBS saw an opportunity to capitalize on some hot topics, namely the Zimmerman trial and acquittal and the public concern about bullying and they got their number one spot for the summer. The story about Julie Chen’s plastic surgery was a nice cherry on top of this mess, which she proudly announced as the most controversial season ever on last night’s finale.
From a perspective of cultural studies, I think this is really ripe for analysis. I take a performance studies seminar next semester and I think I want to take on some of the tokenism and gender dynamics happening in reality TV shows like BB, but I think we need to take a look beyond the obvious and the explicit that hit the air this summer because racism, homophobia, sexism, so on and so forth have always permeated the BB house and we’re naïve to think otherwise. Now, what can we learn from this?