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Celebrity Big Brother: Sexual assault is not an “explosive drama”

We are pleased to see Celebrity Big Brother remove Jeremy Jackson from the house following his sexual assault of Chloe Goodman. We were less than pleased to see Celebrity Big Brother frame the assault as an "explosive drama". Sexual assault is not an "explosive drama". It is a crime and should be treated as such. It is quite clear that CBB used the assault to increase their viewing numbers with the way they advertised the program leading up to Jackson's eviction from the house. The responsible and appropriate response to the incident would have been to remove Jackson immediately, issue a press release explaining why and then refuse to air the footage. Responsible media would have spoken to Goodman quietly to see if she would like to speak to a councillor and publish the helpline numbers of the national rape crisis hotlines on the screen. A responsible media would have also challenged Jackson's statements which invoked numerous rape myths. In advertising the assault in the manner it has, CBB has trivialised sexual assault and given carte blanche to their viewers to harass, intimidate and insult Chloe Goodman whose only 'crime' was to check on a man who was vomiting. Instead, CBB have framed sexual assault as entertainment. This is why, in a society where 1 in 3 women experience sexual violence, very few perpetrators are actually convicted: because we frame sexual assault as entertainment rather than a criminal offence.

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2 thoughts on “Celebrity Big Brother: Sexual assault is not an “explosive drama”

  • Ali Wilkin says:

    Because I don’t watch CBB I hadn’t realised how they had advertised it, and that they had anyway aired everthing around Jackson’s removal from the house. The media needs to stop framing abuse and assault as entertainment.

  • Hecuba says:

    Malestream media always sensationalises male sexual violence against women and girls because this provides male readers/viewers with sexual entertainment. Even better for malestream media is capturing real male sexual violence against women and then showing it for mens’ sexual pleasure.

    Nor should we ignore the fact CBB increased its profit margins by airing the sequence showing yet another mundane male sexual predator using an opportunity to enact his male pseudo sex right to a female.

    The fact male sexual violence against women and girls continues to be an endless male pandemic is as usual ignored by malestream media because their only concern is to increase their profits by constantly publishing/promoting sensationalist male created lies concerning supposedly female victim accountability.

    This is why male sexual violence against women and girls continues to be ignored/trivialised by men and their male supremacist system because malestream media is a very powerful tool men use to maintain their male fiction ‘male sexual violence against women and girls doesn’t exist!’

    I’ve lost count of the endless ‘entertainment’ shows routinely featuring male sexual violence against women and girls and these shows reinforce male created lies that male sexual violence against women and girls isn’t real and/or it is just ‘adult fantasy!’

    The easiest way to maintain male domination over women and girls is by dehumanising females and malestream media are experts in the art of female dehumanisation.