I’ve become an avid user of Twitter. Before, I thought it was a den for people who had too much time in their hands and no (or poor) career. Well, you still can find those trolls on Twitter but there are a few interesting people as well. Celebrities, for example. And I’m not just talking about actors and actresses, but great artists like the feisty Sara Bareilles and Paulo Coelho. Then there’s a funny parody account named Superstarmarian who seems to channel Marian Rivera, albeit wearing a mask of occasional stupidity and bluntness. Follow them and you’ll be entertained.
Anyway, I am writing this article because lately, I’ve been visiting Twitter and I see trending topics that talk about the current Pinoy Big Brother contestants/ housemates. Most of the tweets are about judging them, telling the world who should end up with whom and hating them. Then there are other topics that try to fight these negative posts. Trending topics like “Respect PBB HMs” also became famous for the past few days.
Knowing that tweets are usually driven by impulse, it made me think how awfully poor these people’s time management skills are. One time, they are watching a show that doesn’t make one very productive. And minutes later, they are sitting with their phones on hand, talking about it. When somebody replies, the plot thickens. And so on.
First off, let us all remember that no matter how strongly the network stands by the term “reality TV”, common sense tells you that it isn’t at all real. Just think about it this way: if you are imprisoned in a house with people you don’t know, facilitated by a network that makes money out of intrigue and scandal, and having millions of people watching your every move in their home, would you really bare your honest self in front of the cameras? If you think you had to pretend in high school just for people to think you’re cool, think about what you would do if you were inside THE house.
What’s more, because it is not your comfort zone, you have personal struggles and interpersonal struggles. You are cut out from communication, from the rest of the world and even your bath time is kept by a strict clock. Isn’t that just crazy? Good thing I never dreamt of becoming a celebrity. And with Twitter and judgmental people waiting at the back of their thumbs before they post something about the contestants on their smartphones, all I can say is good luck to the housemates. I hope ABS CBN sets aside a huge budget for psychological post-season emotional repair.
And, at the end of the day, I hope the housemates feel that all the crap was worth it.