Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Brother Africa In The House

Parliament just spent roughly ten minutes debating Big Brother Africa. One concerned upright member of the esteemed Bunge asked whether the participation of our 'youth' in such a competition would damage the moral character of the country and teach other youths bad habits, considering what happens in the Big Brother House.

To which the Deputy Minister of Culture and Misinformation responded with a brief prepared speech in which he defended the cultural exchange that the competition generates by highlighting the education and exposure that it provides to the participants. You could see his forked tongue slip out from time to time to moisten his reptilian lips. Another MP stood up and asked why Richard Bezuidehout (Winner of BBA II) didn't use his 'expertise' to the nation's benefit by lecturing in universities. The Dep. Min. Misinfo replied that winnerssss of competitions like BBA and Missss Tanzania are regularly used for public service eventsssss.

At which point some grandpa in the nosebleeds, obviously fed up with the ssssslipery language of the Dep. Min. asked point blank how the government felt that Richard's behaviour in the house and his subsequent marital problems would be of benefit to young Tanzanians. This is when the Honorable dropped all pretense and schooled Gramps about the 'global village' in which much more explicit material could be accessed on the web at any internet cafe. No, I am not making this up.

Ah, where to begin. I mean, our Parliament was discussing a television show on taxpayer money. What's next, episode recaps of the Tree Sisters soap opera after the Prime Minister's Questions session? Not to mention the sheer horror of proposing that BBA contestants become role models/university lecturers, as though things aren't bad enough as it is. These people...these people make our laws. I need a drink.

Speaking of BBA, it will be interesting to find out if the Tanzanian judges will pick another baby-faced, long-haired, light-skinned male contestant this year. Personally, I am hoping they choose Mwanahawa from Pemba, a nice village girl who will only let her lawfully wedded husband see her hair uncovered. Represent that Mnet!

1 comment:

  1. Heh. I love it. Big Brother is a "cultural exchange... highlighting the education and exposure that it provides to the participants." Because of course, that's Endemol (producers/owners) are all about - education.
    Must have been a slow 2 seconds in parliament as they awaited the latest, greatest scandal.


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