I was a Big Brother House virgin.
How I remained unscathed by this sixteen-year-old worldwide entertainment phenomenon is inexplicable. But unscathed I was...until now. The BBC's 2015 UK Celebrity Big Brother House left me addicted. Like nicotine, the show is a hook in my brain.
But not for the reasons you might expect. I can take or leave the vapid interpersonal dramas. No, I'm hooked because the show left me disturbed and deeply troubled.
My first glimpse of the house reminded me of something, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Cameras everywhere. Listening devices. No privacy. No creature comforts. Limited food. An arbitrary, cold, duplicitous “deity” answering to no moral code. Or to quote 2006 host Davina McCall, “Big Brother will be as twisted and evil as ever.”
And then it hit me. It's called Big Brother House for a reason! George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four had been brought to life before my horrified eyes. Glamorized for the millions of future FEMA camp inmates who will enter their prison with wide-eyes and tweet, “This is so cool! I've always wanted to live in the Big Brother House! #femarocks.”
But it was the visuals that knotted my stomach. The Satanic Illuminati “All Seeing Eye” is everywhere. Naturally, the show's logo is an eye with a spinning pentagram pupil. But that comes as no surprise. The eye is also the logo for CBS, AOL and TimeWarner.
But what did come as a surprise was the tortuous inclusion of the eye motif in the architecture of the auditorium outside the house. One pities the poor architect. It can't be easy to incorporate an awkward almond-shape into a set design.
But succeed he did as hostess, Emma Willis, hobbles across the eye-shaped platform in 4ʺ heels. Waving to the crowd, she minces down a set of stairs landing on a rounded platform which leads to a straight walkway. A better mimetic image of a phallus than even the Washington monument!
As Willis introduces each inmate, the animated pentagram pupil of the All-Seeing Eye contracts like a camera lens as the contestant enters through the pupil and prances up the phallus, smiling and waving. From there, they ascend to the eye platform. Waving one more time, another wall slides silently open, trapping them in Big Brother's prison. Or as Willis put it, “They might be living in luxury, but they won't be able to escape the shackles.”
Once inside the house, the Illuminati bullsh*t has only just begun. Although redecorated every season, each new motif includes satanic symbolism. The coffeetable boasts a gold pentagram while the bedroom artwork and bedspreads sport stylized single eyes. Even while brushing your teeth in the bathroom, you still can't escape the eye's unblinking gaze. But even more subtle is the black-and-white checkering of both the bed linen and kitchen floor, an oft used motif in mind control signifying duality and good/evil.
Nowhere is the evil nature of this House more apparent than in its inner sanctum, Big Brother's “Holy of Holies” jocularly known as the Diary or Confession Room. It is to this room the housemates flee for all the reasons I pray to God. To pour out their hearts, seek guidance, beg for basic necessities and, clasping their hands, shower Big Brother aka “BB” with fervent thanks for meeting their needs.
But unlike prayer in which we are encouraged to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” (Heb. 4: 16) Big Brother is a cold deity. As 2013 host Brian Dowling observed, “This year, Big Brother's heart is frostier than ever.”
Small wonder then that the door of the Diary Room is kept locked. But luckily, it comes with a doorbell. Eye-shaped, of course, as is the chair upon which inmates sit as they pour out their souls to yet another LCD-lit eye representing BB.
Previous years' houses were especially blatant in the use of MK Ultra mind control symbolism. In 2014, the cameras were hidden behind mirrors per the “MK programming techniques us[ing] mirrors and reflections to confuse slaves.”1 But in a diabolical twist only forty of the house's sixty-three mirrors disguised cameras.
And the shattered mind is a recurring motif through many seasons of the show. In 2006, access to the Diary/Confession Room was through a shattered glass wall and doorway. Clocks and gears, also mind control symbolism, dominated the Diary Room décor in 2015, while lightning bolts and electroshock hardware flashed spastically during the show's introductory animation. In 2006, the animation featured flashing hypnosis-inducing spirals interspersed with subliminal messages.
One wonders why this show exists at all. The entertainment value is pathetic, relying on interpersonal drama á la Lord of the Flies. Forty years ago, it would have bombed during the first season.
Perhaps with all of its pulsating symbolism it exists merely to open our minds to receive programming, preparing us to be the perfect FEMA inmates and New World Order slaves. The answer may lie in the so-called “games” set by BB to determine who remains and who is evicted.
Winning is predicated on socialism and betrayal. In one memorable game, BB arbitrarily required the inmates to sacrifice the one thing they held most dear in return for team points. Or as BB phrased it, “Housemates: It's time to test whether you are prepared to make a sacrifice for the good of the team.”
Where had I heard this before? Oh yes, in the writings of Karl Marx. Or as Hillary Clinton said in 2004, “We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
But as I said, BB knows no moral code. Engaged couple Stevi Ritchie and Chloe-Jasmine Whichello were required to sacrifice their love for twenty-four hours. Their love! No displays of affection either verbal or physical were allowed, culminated by the confiscation of Chloe-Jasmine's beloved engagement ring.
Is this what we have to look forward to? The betrayal of our matrimonial vows to “love, honor and cherish,” turning our backs on our spouses, children and families for the “common good”?
Yes, it is. In Luke 21:10-19 Jesus warned that, “...you will be betrayed, even by parents and brothers and kinsfolk and friends….Yet, not a hair of your head will perish. Hold on, and you will win your souls!”
Hold on. Hold on to your mind against all the hypnotic spirals, shattered glass and subliminal messages. Hold on to your faith although surrounded by the Eye of Horus. Hold onto your mind, your faith in God and you will win your very soul.