Analysis of two Celebrity Big Brother Articles
These two articles, written by Quentin Letts and Dr Raj Persaud, give us their impressions of Celebrity Big Brother. They both are very critical and opinionated, but have completely different views: one article consists of pathos and sympathy; the other contains irony and humour. Persaud sympathises with the celebrities, so he uses more emotive and formal language which suits his sympathising tone. Notwithstanding this, both deliver some harsh moral judgements. Quentin Letts enjoys watching celebrities deteriorate during the week long process of the show. Letts admits it’s rather perverse to be enjoying Celebrity Big Brother as it is; “the equivalent of admitting to a gastronomic fondness of Pot noodles,” only enjoying the show for how ghastly the participants are. The choice of the sophisticated word, gastronomic, is deliberately mocking as it elevates Pot noodles to the level of fine dining. He compares enjoying cheap, processed pot noodle to having the poor taste to be interested in watching Celebrity Big Brother. Letts mentions quite a few times in his article how the celebrities are not who we really think they are. “Take away the usual studio make-up, the wrinkle-friendly arc lights; they are not the usual glamour pusses.” He tells us here, that we all view the celebrities and their fame to be untouchable, seductive and elegant. The use of “so-called” makes us ask: but are they really? He compares them to the decks of a yacht, as they look all glitzy and glamorous until removing the varnish which, in the celebrities’ case, is the makeup; then they just are a boring piece of wood underneath. This ironic and humorous approach is enhanced by the informal and colloquial style. “Either she is a brilliant actress or this squawking, deflated balloon of B-grade celebrity” with “a gargantuan vanity” really is being sincere. The word squawking makes it comical to the reader, as you don’t expect an actress to...
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