No Big Brother Thanks, We're Malawian
BLANTYRE (Reuters) - The parliament of conservative Malawi has decided it has had enough of the boozing and sexual shenanigans of "Big Brother," the all-African reality television show being beamed across the continent.
It voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday immediately to pull the plug on the show, which was being aired on public broadcaster Television Malawi.
The chairman of the parliamentary committee on the media, Taylor Nothale, said he had received a chain of complaints over the TV program, particularly from parents.
He said most Malawians felt the show might encourage young people to engage in immoral behavior.
"People are subjected to horrible pictures which are corrupting the morals of our children," Nothale said.
The alcohol has flowed and the clothes have come off in the first all-African reality television show.
"We want the government to stop that nonsense on TV," said opposition leader Gwanda Chakuamba.
"Big Brother Africa" is the latest and most ambitious of the worldwide "Big Brother" series, which takes groups of ordinary people, locks them in a house for months and broadcasts almost every move for TV viewers.
Malawi had a representative in the Big Brother House, Zein Dudah, but he was evicted four weeks ago. The show is currently on day 73 of 106.
Most of the southern African country's 10.6 million people are deeply conservative Christians. It also has a Muslim minority.