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Big Brother has often played an important role in challenging stereotypes—the most recent series was no exception

By Peter Bazalgette   March 2007

The programme generated more than 400m hits on Big Brother websites, 2.5m video downloads, a record 50,000 complaints to the television regulator, a private audience for the winner with the current prime minister, a plea to vote for the winner from the next prime minister, a national debate on racism and a rolling story across the world. Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother seems to be living in the “interesting times” referred to in the sinister Chinese curse. Is Jade Goody a racist? Was the series “racism as entertainment”? Do 50,000 complaints mean such a show should be taken off air?…

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