Update 3 Jun 08: Eye on Big Brother is now saying that the product squirted into Travis’s eye was not a body cleansing product as BB had claimed, but a shower mould remover, as we at Hoyden About Town suspected. Keep an eye on the comments at former housemate Tim Brunero’s place, “Oh Brother“, to see if there are any updates, or whether Timmy has succumbed to being a cog in the BB publicity machine. (I hope not; he always was one of my favourite housemates!) Shower mould products typically contain substances such as concentrated chlorine bleach.
Big Brother Australia  is being all hush hush about this “incident”, claiming the assault was an “accident” – but it sure wasn’t.
Travis is the chosen target of this year’s bully gang of young men, Nobbi, Rory, and Ben. Travis is skinny, effeminate, relentlessly cheerful, sexually inexperienced, and has a high voice – who better to tease mercilessly until he cracks or is seriously injured?
So, the gang Ben, Rory and Nobbi, high on homosociality and dominance, ganged up on Travis, who is already ill with shingles. They thought it would be hy-lar-i-ous to pull a “Poo Party Prank”, which consist of bursting in on someone trying to have a peaceful crap, and throwing body products over him.
This time, they chose shower gel*, and squirted it into Travis’ eye while he was sitting on the toilet. He screamed in pain while they and Terri and Bianca laughed and laughed.
Travis tried repeatedly to irrigate the eye with tap water and a drinking glass, but he continued to experience severe pain. At this point one or two of the bullies began to look a little nervous. At no point did BB intervene or call him to the Diary Room to offer first aid or medical treatment.
* Edit: Looking at the video again, I’m wondering if the “shower gel” being referred to in forums was not, in fact, body wash, but a shower cleaning product. Ben is shown holding a squirt-gun type bottle in his hands immediately afterwards. What do you think?
Later, at the Friday Night Games, Travis felt increasingly unwell, hunching over a bucket. He disappeared at some point during the games, though BB kept silent about it. Now, Big Brother Australia has finally announced that he was hospitalised for treatment after an incident in which “Travis was accidently[sic] squirted in the eye with Shower Gel by Ben”.
So we’ve seen yet another  Big Brother Australia assault and battery, this time with a side serve of possible grievous bodily harm. And… nothing but silence and lies from Ten so far.
What do you think? How should reality television deal with on-air crime?
 Note: comments about how only eejits watch Big Brother will be deleted, because I’m sick of ’em. Comment on the substance, or move on. Ta.
 Sexual assault trigger warning
Via The Diary Room.