Vatican newspaper says Big Brother is 'useless and parasitical'
Official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has attacked the Big Brother reality TV phenomenon as "useless" and "parasitical".
The paper described the housemates as empty protagonists, and the viewers as people full of morbid curiosity.
Big Brother has become a big hit in Italy, but the newspaper asked how so many could watch such a tedious program when the world situation was so serious.
In Italy, where the show is known as Grande Fratello, more than eight million people tune in every day to watch the latest events in the Big Brother house in Rome.
Viewers did not have to wait long for sex between two of the contestants - who jumped into bed within hours of the program starting, although they were already boyfriend and girlfriend.
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31 May 2003