Ofcom Receives 1,000 Complaints Over Big Brother Bullying

Big Brother received 1,000 complaints and some priceless publicity this week when viewers called Ofcom in their droves, after Conor was nasty to his housemate Deana.

The incident occured on Monday night when she failed an eating task and he had a rant at her in which he claimed she’d faked a reaction to some food. He threatened to punch her if she threw water over him and then said he would stick her epilator up her ‘minge’.

“Get your epilator and stick it up your arse. We don’t give a f**k! Stick it up her f**king m**ge, stupid b**tard,” he said. “I’m gonna play loads of pranks on her. F**king piece of s**t, I don’t give a f**k if I’m pulled up to the Diary Room.”

Conor has since apologised for the comments, but many fans believe he should be thrown off the show after Deana – who’s up for eviction this week – explained that she felt intimidated by some of the men in the house.

According to Broadcast, the episode received 356 complaints as the show finished and that number has since grown to 1,000.

Yet the situation brings the bullying debate to the fore for the third time in the last few weeks.

Fearne Cotton infamously claimed that she’d been bullied by ‘huge meanies’ who slammed her Jubilee coverage and Eamonn Holmes rubbished reports that 50% of school-children are bullied on Sunrise last week.

This incident will once again force us to question whether society has become too soft and whether we use the term ‘bullying’ too lightly these days.

In a statement, a Channel 5 bod said that while they did not condone Conor’s behaviour, he wouldn’t be pulled out of the house.

“Having spoken to Conor, and bearing in mind our duty of care to the other housemates, we are satisfied that he should continue to participate in the programme.” They explained in a statement.

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