We've been doing our best to ignore Celebrity Big Brother we really have. We close our eyes when walking past the tabloids and blank out any mention of the nonsense in the broadsheets, but now that questions are being asked about it in the House of Commons (and oh, was a house ever so aptly named?) we thought we'd see what all the fuss is about this time. It turns out that the knuckle scraping 'celebrities' so dear to the nation's stupid heart may be racist.
We're not even a bit surprised.
Housemates Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara have been seen making fun of the Bollywood star's accent. On Monday night's episode, O'Meara reportedly suggested that Indians were thin because they were always ill as a result of undercooking their food. The trio also complained that Shilpa had touched other housemates' food with her hands. Lloyd said: "You don't know where those hands have been."
Complaints to Ofcom and Channel 4 were the result and now at least one MP has been contacted by his constituents hence the issue being raised in the House:
"We would not tolerate this kind of racism on other types of television programme and we should not do so on a programme that is watched by millions of people,"
He has a point. Millions of people though. How depressing.