I’ve been very tempted to join the debate about the Celebrity Big Brother bullying/racism stuff but, having not watched a second of it, felt a bit fraudulent doing so.
I was talking with my assistant, Oliver, who had only watched 20 minutes last Saturday night. He knew nothing of what had been going on in the house at that point but immediately picked up on the bullying that was occurring and was disturbed by the racist overtones. He told me his response was to suggest to his wife that they turn it off, and they did. Only a couple of days later did he realise that thousands of people were having the same reaction.
Drawn like a moth to the flame, he watched the interview with Jade following her eviction last night. He and his wife were struck by her reaction to the video footage she was shown of her behaviour in the house. While not claiming that she’d been edited manipulatively, she found it very difficult to recognise herself in the footage. “That’s not me,” she kept saying.
Whether it was a refusal or inability to see herself as others do, it’s very like that well known sermon analogy of being taking into a cinema at the end of your life and shown a film of all your actions and words – and then being told that all your friends and family have been invited to the second viewing. Reality TV has brought that terrifying and chastening experience to earth. But I doubt Jade’s story will extend the possibility of how God is able to see her through the lens of His grace, only severe human judgement.
Incidentally, how many times in the media coverage of all this have we heard people start to comment by saying, “I’m not a racist, but……” I think it’s what is generally called, ‘blowing your cover’! It reminded me of a John Maxwell quote, “when people say, ‘yes but’, no-one hears the ‘yes’.