So the popular reality show Pinoy Big Brother is now the centre of some kind of controversy surrounding allegations that “housemate” Jayme Jalandoni (reportedly “a devout Christian”) in a recent episode was “coerced” into posing nude along with several other contestants. Understandably, Senator Pia Cayetano ought to be upset. After all she is “a staunch women’s advocate and principal author of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710).”
Trust Philippine politicians and bureaucrats to jump on any opportunity to put up another effigy of the Philippines’ supposed moral bankruptcy to fulfill certain pre-election agendas. Senator Nancy Binay was another one of them to swoop in and save the day. “This might be a reality show but its contestants, especially it’s female housemates, should be accorded with respect without compromising their dignity and their rights as women,” says Binay. The media’s Morality Police, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is now on the case. MTRCB Chairman Eugenio Villareal expressed his disappointment over the incident saying that “[…] the conflict with religion and the incursion into otherwise harmonious family relations can also border on insensitivity toward the Filipino values of faith and family.”
“I am dismayed that one of the challenges was for the female housemates to pose nude,” added the senator, a staunch women’s advocate and principal author of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710).
“This is an assault to the dignity of the women housemates. Asking a woman to consider posing nude in such a situation – where her acceptance to perform the challenge is made in exchange for points or benefits for herself or her housemates – is tantamount to coercion.”
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She added: “In their desire to challenge and teach the contestants life lessons, they should be conscious of the rights of the housemates and know the limits when assigning tasks that could end up degrading women and trampling on their dignity. In this case, they crossed the line.”
Villareal, Cayetano, and Binay obviously harboured high expectations of PBB to have been soooo disappointed; and, stupid me, I must have missed the memo. It never occured to me that the aim of Pinoy Big Brother was to teach contestants “life lessons”. Last I heard, however, that’s not what the Big Brother franchise is all about. Television’s Big Brother is all about voyeurism with malice. Check out all the other editions worldwide and one can easily see what all that is really all about. In the average Big Brother household, housemates are essentially encouraged by Kuya himself to engage in buffoonery and debauchery. “Respect” and “dignity”? Bad for ratings, dudes. A typical Big Brother fan does not sit through a typical Big Brother episode to learn about Jesus.
So I just need to ask this really dumb question: What exactly was a “devout Christian” doing in PBB?
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10 Replies to “Newsflash! ‘Devout’ Christian ‘coerced’ to get naked on ‘Pinoy Big Brother’!”
You see PBB likes to test people, like making them cheat on their boyfriends/girlfriends outside, make them come out of being a closet gay. get them drinking if they don’t. thing like that. yes, all of these makes for some interesting show so please stop with this ‘life lesson’ crap.
The last sentence of this article? My thoughts exactly! Probably Jayme’s desperate move to help finance her family (if she’s a breadwinner) or enter showbusiness (she looks like Maricar Reyes, though.
I remember when there was also a “devout Christian” who joined PBB. Her name is Carol Batay. She was also caught at some sort of morality issues when Kuya gave the housemates a task to do the “Fan Dance”. Because the latter involved skin-showing, Carol was having second thoughts (she even cried and made excuses that she’s got a period days before the performance) because she was thinking about her Jesus-centered roots.
My two cents on this issue: If you really want to find yourself in the presence of God, that big house along ABS-CBN compound isn’t the answer.
Very true @Kikay Killer! If she really wanted to help her family, why did she have to enroll herself in Kuya’s house. I think she has a degree in Nursing. It’s a false dilemma to say that PBB is her one and only ticket to success. Kind of reflects her quality of trust in the God she devoutly believes in.
For once, I want to see PBB suspended in the middle of airing this season.
Actually it was same house but wrong time. The proper venue for devout Christians would be this incarnation.
Wonder if ABS would do a spin-off of this Made-for-home-viewing film as premium pay-per-view internet show?
When you joined to PBB you must open to the fact that challenges comes to your life… PBB test your whole personality,, your patience,, belief, dignity, decision making and Palabra de honor!! Its a contest and a self searching maybe… The point is Jayme proved that she made the wrong decision when she say Yes,, then she said No when she heard her father’s messge!
Gee, the show might have a low rating and they need something to re-invirogate it.
Good or bad publicity is still publicity, ika nga :-S
A hideous tv program!
Let’s not forget that Satan is a hideous person, so I think that Kuya of the PBB is non other than Satan himself.