Who’s Cleaning Up This Mess?

Topaz Brady realizes she made an error in her final vote.  She intended to vote for Gary, but accidentally voted for Jillian, who won the finale 4-3.  May 2, 2013.
Topaz Brady realizes she made an error in her final vote. She intended to vote for Gary, but accidentally voted for Jillian, who won the finale 4-3. May 2, 2013.

The Big Brother Canada finale just ended.  Had it been a normal finale, I wouldn’t be doing this blog entry at nearly midnight on Thursday night.

But something rather bizarre happened at the BB Canada finale.  A fitting way to end a bizarre season.

While host Arisa Cox was tallying the votes to determine whether or not Gary Levy or Jillian MacLaughlin was going to walk away as the inaugural Big Brother Canada victor, Emerald “Topaz” Brady objected to her vote being cast for Jillian.  She walked over to where Arisa was standing to say that her intent was to vote for Gary, not Jillian.  Cox reiterated that the jurors were told clearly that they picked who you wanted to win the season, but Brady remained adamant that she had made a mistake.

After the show came back from a hastily called (if not an emergency) commercial break, they showed a replay of Topaz inserting Jillian’s card to be revealed by Arisa near the end of the show.  As the vote went, Jillian won the $100,000 and some assorted prizes by a 4-3 count.  That one erroneous vote by Topaz was just enough to give MacLaughlin the win, and cost Gary Levy a chance at victory.

I am not a lawyer.  I only play one when I blog.  It is easy to say Brady messed up, because quite obviously she did.  But if it is true she intended to vote for Gary to win and made a mistake, that’s a serious problem for the integrity of the show and the season.  Topaz’s screw-up was one error, but the producers magnified the error by simply not allowing it’s correction.  Especially on a so-called live show that was taped!

Now I know a reality show can’t realistically mimic a legal system, especially not one of a different country than the show was produced in.  But in the United States, there have been many famous legal trials in my lifetime.  When a verdict is read, the lawyers ask the jurors: is this your verdict?  Did we get how you want to vote correct?  For the verdict to be official, all the jurors must answer “yes” to that question.

Simply put…and I will use the more polite six-letter word here…the producers fouled up.  End of story.  They could have made things right.  They didn’t.  Those final moments of BB Canada wound up being the microcosm of their whole season.

More on Sunday…

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