In some of the most not-OK news I’ve heard in a while, Brazil’s version of the TV show Big Brother – where ordinary people are locked in a house together for enough time that they all go insane due to cabin fever — allegedly filmed a woman being sexually assaulted on the show, according to Jezebel and Change.org.
A contestant named Monique passed out in bed from drinking too much. A costar, Daniel, was under the blanket with her and apparently, didn’t notice. He told her he only hugged and kissed her, but what was broadcast on television shows a lot more. Monique claimed afterward that she thought he had raped her, but because they’re in the house, neither of them can actually see the footage. Now, Monique and her family demand the TV network Globo does something.
If the producers and/or network saw the footage and didn’t clarify what was happening, they should have done something. And, more than that, those watching the footage as it was filmed should have done something as well. Change.org currently has a petition up demanding that Globo take responsibility for what happened. According to the site, someone needs to admit that they were not wrong to check what was going on after Monique visibly passes out and someone needs to admit that they were wrong to both film and broadcast the footage.
Either way, even if nothing happened — the footage is in night-time vision and both contestants are under a blanket — I think it’s important for Globo to clarify why they still broadcast the footage, and for producers to make it clear as to why they didn’t intervene when Monique obviously was in no state to have a man on top of her in bed. Just saying. I don’t think Globo did anything to intentionally hurt anybody, but I do think they made a really, really poor decision that they need to take responsibility for.
Lovelies, what do you think? What do you think a network should do if they broadcast something without 100 percent realizing its implications?