Big Brother and tourette’s

I don’t watch Big Brother. I don’t have any problem with the show, it’s just not to my taste. I hear, though, that there’s something of a fuss over supposed exploitation of a contestant with Tourette’s Syndrome. I don’t really know what ‘exploitation’ means, any more, but I think the whole issue is moot. If the guy volunteered, what’s the problem? It’s not like he’s mentally incapable of making decisions. As long as he knew what he was getting himself into – and who doesn’t, by now – then I think it’s fine. The only part I object to is:

a spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: “Pete was chosen solely on the basis of his personality. We feel he will be a great housemate.”

Get real. We’re not that stupid. I don’t think C4 are doing themselves any favours by making this claim.

Not that it means anything, but just reading the BBC article taught me a fair bit about Tourette’s. Just saying.