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14 responses to “All Fun and Games: Bullying and assault in the Big Brother house”

  1. tigtog

    No doubt they’ve got one eye on the potential legal repercussions if they fully acknowledge the negligence and reckless/depraved indifference to his safety that was involved in the “prank”. Disciplining the two women is probably meant to show that BB does too take safety and their duty of care to the contestants seriously.

    I hope Travis plays his socks off over the next weeks and gets to stay while the bully boys are voted off. Then once he gets out of the house he can sue their arses then.

  2. tigtog

    I’m also curious: with Travis’ shingles, did anyone mention the shingles/chickenpox connection to him, or to the other housemates? Are any of them who didn’t have c-pox as a child in for a nasty surprise in another week or so? And is it wrong to nurse a small hope that if anyone does end up enduring adult c-pox, that it will be from amongst the bully boys?

  3. Mindy

    I hope Travis is lawyering up right now. If he has any damage to the eye, Ten could be in for a big settlement.

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  5. Meg Thornton

    If Travis had shingles, then Ten’s in dereliction of any duty of care toward their participants right there. It’s an infectious disease, it’s as painful as all hell to go through (I’ve had it myself, as well as chickenpox as a kid – obviously my immune system loves the h. zoster virus to bits) and it really does require quarantining. I’m trying to recall whether it’s one of the ones which can cause problems in the early stages of pregnancy (probably it is, since anything which raises the body temperature too high can cause deformities in an early stage embryo), but even if it isn’t… it’s an infectious disease.

    Quite honestly, from what I hear of “Big Brother”, it’s getting worse each year – how soon before someone kills another participant on-air? I mean, yeah, that’ll really be a ratings winner, even if the unlucky murderer doesn’t make it all the way through the series.

    Meg Thorntons last blog post..The Period Piece

  6. Aaron

    Brunero is already a cog, using his Live News columns to produce advertising disguised as journalism. He speaks as The Machine tells him to. But he was a Big Brother housemate, after all, so celebrity was always a little higher on his priorities than ideology.

  7. sublime cowgirl

    Brunero must be exempt from the law about naming juveniles btw. Odd.

    http://www.ohbrother.com.au/

  8. Helen

    If Travis had shingles, then Ten’s in dereliction of any duty of care toward their participants right there. It’s an infectious disease, it’s as painful as all hell to go through,

    Adult Shingles!!!!!1!1!1
    *shudders*
    *tries very hard to be a Good Person and not entertain thoughts of the bullyboys coming down with it*

    *laughs, evilly*

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