By the time you read this, one of the two people whose names have dominated the widely reported allegations of racist abuse in the UK would have been out of that country’s most complained-about show ever.
Housemates Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody were up for eviction from Celebrity Big Brother in a battle described by British tabloids as 'Beauty v Beast'. An audience telephone vote — bound to be driven by the vociferous outrage against the bullying and insults faced by Shilpa on the reality show — was to end at 3.30 am India time Saturday.
Goody was the favourite to be kicked out, and in an atmosphere encapsulated best by The Sun’s clarion headline, ‘Evict face of hate’, broadcaster Channel 4 and producer Endemol had taken the unprecedented decision to conduct the eviction in front of a studio audience, not a potentially inflammable public gathering.
Over the last few days, Shilpa, in the British reality TV show for which she is reportedly being paid a whopping Rs 3.5 crore, has been subjected to relentless insults and alleged racist abuse by a gang of three C-list British celebrities led by Goody.