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18 responses to “Tick-a-box sexual harassment apologism from “Lefty” Tim”

  1. Mark Bahnisch
  2. Pavlov's Cat

    “None of this should surprise anyone who’s familiar with blokes in the “progressive” movement. But like it or not, I’m disappointed every. single. time. Because I keep convincing myself that they really do want to be feminist allies. I keep trying to tell myself that they’re trying.”

    I’d argue that when they’re at their best, it’s true. It’s just that they’re not always at their best.

  3. Mark Bahnisch

    I think you’re giving too much credit to “Lefty” Tim in the first place – he was a bloke on the make with some connections in some pubs on City Road who decided that being “progressive” was the way to go to win BB. He’s publicly discussed his own manipulation of the show. Being a “lefty” was just his schtick.

  4. Mark Bahnisch

    No, not a total lie. But I think perhaps more of a “lifestyle choice” than a matter of deep convictions, from what I hear from his contemporaries at Sydney Uni.

  5. outfox

    All this overt physical,verbal,sexual and racist harrasment on BB makes me question at what point the shows producers & the TV station are legally accountable for their role in enabling harassment?

    It’s been perpetrated by house mates, but the shows creators are actively complicit as 3rd parties by permitting it, censoring it and withholding assistance to those subject to it.

    The economic premise of reality TV shows is that it’s more profitable to capitalize on a media spectacle of “real people” competing than to fund media proffessionals developing original works.

    So…wouldn’t increasing that profit making “spectacle” by enabling actual harassment leave the producers open to workplace harrassment claims?

    Probably the house mates aren’t technically employees. But, wouldn’t the show have some duty of care? The harassment on BB could be illegal in a private dwelling and would be illegal in a workplace. So I wonder whether it is actually legal to publicize the same acts in a domestic dwelling as a media product?

    Even if it negatively affected ratings, it hasn’t stopped them enabling it or reduced awareness of the BB brand. Perhaps they need a contestant to sue to test the legalities and/or their profits?

  6. Steve

    Tim Brunero is a warrior of the left and one example is working himself to exhaustion during the 2007 federal election (and prior) with ECM, almost single handedly destroying any chance of John Howard winning another term by revealing what WorkChoices was. That’s Tim Brunero.

  7. tigtog

    So? There are many men who are left activists who are still apologists for sexism, and it undermines any claim to genuine progressive attitudes. Brunero is being a classic sexist apologist, and he doesn’t get a free pass just because some other stuff he’s done may be admirable.

  8. hendo

    Hey Steve,

    Now, isn’t that nice for Tim? Awww. I’m so grateful to him.

    But, guess what? NONE of that stops him from being a rape apologist.

  9. CK

    Although never a fan a BB, this thread leaves me fascinated – and cold.

    I was sympathetic to Brunero, especially after he had an opportunity to prove his post BB credentials on the now defunct Workers Online*

    No more. What an arsehole.

    *Disclosure: I was employed for WO’s parent company for a time, but after Brunero left.

  10. audrey

    I think Tim appeared a lot smarter/more progressive/reasonable/savvy than he actually is when he was on BB because he was surrounded by a veritable swamp of people with limited brain capacity and very dodgy politics.

    His own scrambling to be one of the boys was fairly pathetic, as was his gradual morph from classic weedy dork with a bad haircut into slightly more muscular man about town with some weird hipster ‘do. He didn’t just scramble for acceptance from the alphas just to win the game – there was definite scrambling for approval somewhere in there.

    But to be honest, he really lost me when he started mooning over Kate. Girl was a Margaret Thatcher fan for fuck’s..plus, a total homophobe. But hey, she was cute and moderately smarter than the rest of the girls and that’s what Brunero wanted. Sadly (and forgive me if I sound cynical) reminiscent of many of the ‘progressive’ gents you’re talking about in the post Lauredhel. More feminist than the feminists but they still want to take a ditz to bed.

  11. audrey

    I just realised I used the word ‘scrambling’ three times. So. Hung. Over.

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  13. hummie

    this year there has been so much sexual harrasment aimed particularly at terri. Now Tim may write it off as boyish behaviour, which stupidly he knows he has said the wrong thing, and he will admit to that i am sure. no one has the right to sexual harrass another human being and BB should have acted a bit more harshly in every case. Since BB didnt it more or less got swept under the carpet, which is really sad for those of us who have been sexually harassed or who are being sexually harassed at work or school etc. If we report our sexual harassments will the people doing it to us be told STOP IT and then the matter swept under the carpet. and the people will go on sexually harassing people cause all they got was a STOP IT. and then these people who got a STOP IT will think hmmm i got away with that i might see if i can go further what if when they say no i take it as a yes. what harm can it do, i mean i only got a STOP IT and i groped her. they will probably say she was too drunk and cannot remember. oh i can get this i can win. you see how the media helps these people, you see how easy it is. BB should have done more than STOP IT. so i suggest if this show goes back on the air, which by the way i love bb any sexual harrasment gets the STOP IT out the door

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