Friday, April 20, 2007
Britain's Channel 4 has made its case to regulator Ofcom in the "Celebrity Big Brother" incident, and is now awaiting a ruling. According to observers, the agency may very well come down on the side of critics who say that the show violated existing standards prohibiting racist and offensive language and behavior. However, Ofcom has yet to complete its independent investigation. Channel 4 is running its own investigation as well. Meanwhile, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who with dignity surmounted the slights inflicted by other participants on the show, was under fire for actions committed recently by a well-meaning Richard Gere. During an event to promote AIDS awareness, Mr. Gere gave Ms. Shetty an "enthusiastic" kiss, objected to by some in India who think public displays of affection should be off-limits.