Monday 18 December 2017

Petition to ban Big Brother gathers more than 400 signatures

It follows an explosive row in the house.

Lotan Carter had a controversial weekend (Channel 5)
Lotan Carter had a controversial weekend (Channel 5)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

A petition calling for Big Brother to be axed from television has gathered more than 400 signatures.

At the weekend an explosive row led to security stepping in and contestant Lotan Carter being removed from the reality show house.

A change.org petition calls for the Channel 5 programme to be “immediately banned from TV” by Ofcom after the show descended into chaos when contestants were asked to describe each other’s personality traits.

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Big Brother has shocked viewers once again (Channel 5)

It ended with drinks being thrown, contestants brawling and bouncers rushing in to break up the fight.

The petition claims: “Every year this prime time TV show is fronted by unacceptable violence, language, sexual exploitation, and scenes of unacceptable behaviour suitable for television viewing.”

It continues: “Year upon year there are scenes of violence, past episodes of racial harassment, unacceptable behaviour and this is condoned by TV producers all in effort to gain viewing figures.

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Lotan Carter was at the centre of a heated row (Matt Crossick/PA)

“I am calling for Ofcom to immediately ban this from TV and prevent any further series from being produced.

Some 443 people had signed the online petition by Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for Ofcom said 10 complaints about threatening behaviour were made to the regulator over the weekend.

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Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis front Big Brother’s coverage (Channel 5)

Those complaints are being assessed, he added.

A spokeswoman for Channel 5 declined to comment.

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