it’s time to go…homophobia.
Last night’s massive finale of the rebooted Big Brother attracted enough viewers to beat competitors Channel 7 and 10 (Surveillance and Glee), tying up all loose ends…in many ways.
Taking at the $250,000 cash prize, Benjamin Norris took to the stage in an overwhelmed frenzy, which even seemed to have poor Sonia a little frazzled. But what came next was really what has set the agenda for today’s discussion over the show’s success and more importantly, it’s aims.
In the final seconds of last night’s show, Norris, 32, proposed to his same sex partner in front of the entire nation–his great-grandmother’s treasured diamond entrusted in his hand to give over to his new fiancé, also named Ben.
Norris excitedly popped the question on one knee, interrupting Sonia and asking for a moment to “say something”.
“I almost forgot to say the words…will you marry me?” Norris said anxiously.
The couple quickly burst into hysterics with former housemates looming in the background, just as emotional as the homosexual couple who quickly endeavoured to embrace each other. It was a beautiful television moment; poetic, romantic (perhaps cliche)…
…and a great way to boost ratings.
Today’s political and social discussions have been set with questions over the authenticity of the proposal, asking whether the show had been scripted from the beginning of its course to ensure the win of the first homosexual housemate in Big Brother history.
Now, more than ever, the push for the legalisation of same-sex marriage has been a major deliberation for Julia Gillard and fellow political parties, especially with acceptance of homosexuality becoming perhaps more common, or more well-known and appreciated.
What was upsetting last night, more so than the questions raised over the Channel’s ratings ambitions and alleged rigged homosexual intentions, was the outburst of public discrimination spamming social networking, most definitely Facebook. Insults were hurled at Norris, who had intended to propose to his boyfriend from the beginning of the show through either his eviction or win.
Name calling and threats were generated, “comical” images were created. Whilst some are in good faith and for a bit of light-hearted hilarity, others are intended only to hurt and shame those who are involved with same-sex orientation.
Homosexuality’s place in Australia is more apparent than ever, but where exactly does it belong? A homosexual winning Big Brother seems to say the nation has come along way since former gay housemate Zac was evicted back in 2007.
Or am I just enduring some wishful thinking?