Day 35 of Big Brother UK, and everyone is struggling with the Irish Dancing & Drumming task.
note: This is a five and a half minute video, which I’ve summarised but not transcribed yet – it’s school holidays and I’ve been a low-spoon-y. If anyone needs a transcription, please let me know. Does anyone know whether BB is captioned, and if so, if it’s possible to get hold of the transcripts?
Belinda tries to convince some of the housemates to stay up late at night so that they can “help Mikey” with the drumming. Mikey has a better handle on the drumming than Belinda does on her task.
Mikey is fuming in the bedroom, and Belinda comes in with a wheedley voice asking “Are you alright?” Mikey confronts her for patronising him, implying that he is incompetent because he is blind, and what’s more, laying the blame on him in advance for the group (presumptively) failing the task, when it’s she and everyone else who is struggling.
She flails hopelessly, gives him an unwelcome kiss and hug, and ends up saying that she fancies herself a “voice for the voiceless”. This is the point at which the viewer feels it all unravelling completely, and it sparks the smouldering fire in Mikey. Belinda ends up in tears, perhaps realising how badly she has stuffed up, or perhaps just upset that someone has called her out.
This is the first time we have seen Mikey fighting back. He usually reacts to ableism with little jokes, snarks (his “What’s your name again?” to Sylvia), raised eyebrows, or deflections. This is the first incident that has riled him right up. It’s good to see – not good that she behaved badly, but that at least she’s getting told.
Has Mikey reached the end of his tether, or is it more that Belinda is a new (and particularly irritating) housemate? She has certainly upped the ante on the ableism by blaming him for an impending task failure, and then disingeuously switching to the “I just wanted to spend time with you!” (In the Big Brother house?), and the “voice for the voiceless” really tipped things over the edge.
It possibly also doesn’t help that Belinda snores like a freight train, so no one has had a decent sleep. Not her fault, but I can see how it might bring tempers to the fore.
Plus, Mario’s still a mammoth twerpmuffin. At least he is up for nomination this week, along with Bex. Mario out! Mario out! Mario out!