The Fame Monster

Special thanks to Hamster Watch for mentioning the arrest and tazering (?!?) of Drew Daniel in Ohio this week.  For those of you who haven’t followed the show a long time,  Drew was the winner of the “Project DNA” themed fifth Big Brother in 2004, outlasting Michael “Cowboy” Ellis for that year’s $500,000 prize.  Seems a lot longer than eight years ago, doesn’t it?

Why have so many Big Brother houseguests been in trouble, either before their respective season, after their respective season, or somewhere in between?  Beats the hell out of me.  I think it’s more of a question you can ask of society in general, not just one TV show that airs three times a week about two and a half months a year.

And no, I’m not going over every houseguest to ever visit the hoosegow.  One former contestant is even blogging about it.  Good for him.  Hope it turns out to be the therapy that turns his life around.

Sometimes, we watch these people on TV in a confined environment and think we know them.  We don’t!  All we are doing is watching how these people cope, playing a game in a confined environment.  It’s too small a sample size to spectate and think this game is part and parcel of what they call a life, and what we think is their life.  It isn’t.  Remember that.

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