Do you want fame, fortune, social media followers and the chance to really leave your stamp on the world?
If the answer to the above is yes, then break the law.
Now, when I say break the law, I’m not just talking about parking on double yellows for 20 minutes or picking up a discarded £20 note off the pavement and sticking it in your back pocket.
No, I’m talking about committing the ultimate crime. A crime that is so huge it will carry a (probable) long term custodial sentence in a pretty hardcore prison.
But, fear not, because while your temporary incarceration will be tough, you’ll have plenty to look forward to on the outside.
A potential Reality TV contract being just one of these exciting prospects.
Of course, I’m not actually suggesting you go and commit a heinous crime just to go and wind up on TV, I’m being facetious.
However, this is the message bosses at Channel 5 are potentially conveying.
I could see it coming a mile off. It’s absolutely no surprise to me, however, what isn’t a surprise to me is the reaction this news has received.
Let’s dig a little deeper shall we?
Back in 2013 two young women made a huge mistake. On a scale of 1 to fucked up, they seriously fucked up.
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid. You’ve likely heard their names before. If you’ve not heard of them as individuals then you may have heard of their nickname the ‘Peru 2’.
Reid and McCollum got caught trying to smuggle a whopping 11kg of cocaine, worth £1.5million from Spain to Peru. They argued they were forced to smuggle the drugs by an armed gang, however, one of the two later confessed she made a conscious decision to smuggle the drugs and that no one forced her to do anything.
They are convicted criminals. Convicted criminals who have been in and out of the media one hell of a lot over the last 3 and a half years.
Thus, it strikes me as not only odd but actually quite irresponsible that Big Brother producers are considering offering these two a chance to become a part of a long standing, popular TV show.
A couple of weeks ago, one half of the notorious duo was papped holidaying in Marbella.
It was the mandatory beach side pap shots. Sexy bikini, face full of make-up, sultry-but-oh-I-don’t-know-the-camera-is-there type poses. You know the ones I’m talking about. The glossies and papers are full of them these days and I revel a great deal in taking the piss out of them.
As soon as I saw these photos I just knew what was to come. A Reality TV show beckoned for sure. I didn’t think I’d be proven right so quickly, however. The Peru 2 are reportedly being lined up for the next series of Big Brother this Summer. They are, I imagine, a Reality TV producers wet dream. The scandal they could create! The column inches! The controversy!
For me, this is when the world of Reality TV gets just that much murkier. It’s giving out the wrong message. It’s basically saying crime pays. Now, I don’t want to get involved in the whole role model debate, because in my opinion, that’s dangerous territory. Who decides who is a role model and the role they must play in society? However, offering 2 convicted criminals the chance to star in an established, popular Reality TV show is also dangerous territory. Of the highest order.
I know, I know, you want your chance to put your side of the story across. You want people to see the real you. Not the person/s who’s perceived by the media. You’ll want to shed the ‘drugs mule’ label that has haunted you since 2013 and this is the perfect opportunity to do that. The fame and fortune is just an added bonus.
Yeah and I was born yesterday.
McCollum has apparently made no secret of the fact she’s desperate for a career in showbiz. An industry, that until recent years, was a highly coveted one to be a part of, when celebrities were just that; talented people who deserved celebration. These days, it’s no longer reserved for the talented, it’s a fair game industry where anyone can have a go, talented or untalented. And is it really fair for two convicted criminals, who are only in the public eye for smuggling drugs to step inside that world of fame, fortune and celebration? Because, if you ask me, I think it’s pretty damn unfair they are effectively being rewarded for their crimes. No matter how much I’m sure they regret their actions.