CHERYL GIBBS: Big Brother winner proves how far we've come as a society '“ and I'm so proud

It just goes to show what a thoroughly modern and unique country we live in.

Thursday, 8th February 2018, 8:00 pm
Courtney Act, winner of Celebrity Big Brother Picture: Shutterstock

When a gay Australian drag queen can win a show celebrating the year of the woman (this year marks 100 years of the first women being given the vote) you know you live in a pretty special place.

I don’t usually watch Celebrity Big Brother (honest) but this year I was inspired to watch it because it was apparently going to be very different.

As a television producer myself I wanted to see how the Big Brother producers were going to tackle it.

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Some might say I was doing research, others might say I was just as guilty as the millions of others around the country who watched it purely for entertainment value. Perhaps I’m somewhere in the middle.

While I did appreciate Channel Five’s attempts to address gender equality, let’s not also forget that while the show’s host Emma Willis kept talking about the fact they wanted to address these important issues, they were also using the anniversary as a ploy to make it more topical, and therefore watchable.

I don’t judge them for that, it’s what makes good TV.

But I didn’t think they particularly did it well. The so-called gender tasks designed at stamping out female stereotypes were a bit ridiculous, to be honest.

But, hey ho, it made a TV show.

What I did find thoroughly interesting was listening to the winner, Shane J, aka Courtney, in her drag queen persona, discuss some very important topics about gender and sexual equality.

They were very articulate in getting the point across, without making any of the other housemates feel inferior or wrong for their beliefs.

Given the often disgusting behaviour of ex-politician Anne Widdecombe I feel Shane J/Courtney should be applauded.

Anne, like everyone, is entitled to her beliefs, but some of her disapproving comments and actions were so out of touch with how we’ve moved forward in the 21st century.

I was overjoyed when Shane J/Courtney won the show – it demonstrates how far we’ve come as a society.


After months and months of speculation (nine, to be exact) the youngest Kardashian/Jenner has confirmed she’s now a mother.

Twenty-year-old Kylie Jenner announced to the world this week that she gave birth to a baby girl on February 1.

Declaring her love for her newborn, she explained her radio silence, saying she wanted to stay out of the limelight so she didn’t get stressed and inadvertently harm her unborn child.

I admire her honesty and her decision to put her family first.

When you make millions of dollars putting your life out there for all to see, it takes courage to turn your back on that and those dollar bills for the greater good of someone else. So, fair play.

Like all the other Kardashians, Kylie has also opted for an unusual name for her baby – welcome to the world, Stormi Webster.


Katie Price is apparently being investigated by police over revenge porn claims.

If sources are to believed, the glamour model is apparently being investigated because she shared a sex tape of her ex, cage fighter Alex Reid, to a studio audience.

The red tops have reported that the TV star showed a clip while taking a break from filming Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, where she showed Alex in drag performing a lewd act.

The news comes just days after Price addressed parliament about taking a tougher stance against online bullying.