Wednesday, 23 December 2009

George wants back in the Big house

You've got to feel a little bit sorry for Boy George this Christmas - he had only one wish this year and now a nasty old judge has taken it, and the £200,000 fee, away.

In case you hadn't realised, or the aversion therapy was working, Celebrity Big Brother returns next week, for one last attempt at capturing a full blown career meltdown from 13 different angles.

As before, some of the housemates will test the very definition of the word 'celebrity'. Others will attempt to project an aura of untouchability by talking about the genuinely famous people in their address book - even if they only met them because they happened to shampoo their Lhasa Apso.

Sadly though, it looks as though Boy George won't be amongst them. The problem is, he's still in a spot of bother after handcuffing a Norwegian rent boy to the wall (which is a shame because that sounds like it would make a great shopping task in week two). More importantly, the Probation Service doesn't like the idea of George making a fortune while he's still technically serving part of his sentence.

Having reviewed George's appeal (sorry, too easy), the Judge commented: " offender serving the non-custodial part of a sentence of imprisonment should not be allowed to take part in a high profile, controversial television production, promoting his status as a celebrity and with considerable financial gain."

I think it's also important that George stop promoting his status as 'Boy'. George, you're 48 - that makes you about as much of a boy as Jeanette Krankie.

I'm sure George is sitting somewhere, wearing a ridiculous hat and licking his wounds, wondering about what might have been. It's funny though, after a four month custodial sentence, I would have thought the last thing he'd want is another three weeks of imprisonment, being scrutinised around the clock and made to suffer a series of humiliating indignities. Like sharing a bathroom with Tina Malone.

But then I guess it's like Red always said, after a while you become institutionalised. And if fame takes less than fifteen minutes, maybe institutionalisation can happen even quicker.

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