Strike Three to Chinese Whispers

Please read my usual disclaimer before you go any further. I feel it pertinent in this situation to do such a thing.

I am a freelancer. This means I “work for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company”. I am therefore self-employed. The work is not permanent. Nor is it there all the time. It comes and goes, mostly based on merit, trustworthiness and reliability.

I am not a Producer. My job does not involve decisions based on what does and doesn’t make it into any of the shows I work on.

Nor am I an Editor for any show or have input which affects how the shows operate. I do my own editing for personal projects, but none as a freelancer.

I’m also not a Spokesperson (as my Disclaimer clearly states). Anything I write or blog about should be taken as my opinion, and not fact.

So, onto my main point of this blog.

When I woke up this morning there was a flurry of activity on Twitter involving things I’ve posted. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Nor the second. I’d like to clarify a few things:

When I work on Big Brother, I’m employed as a House Director. This is a technical role where you are responsible for getting the shots of the Housemates for the show. For example, if there was a conversation in the bathroom between three people it was my responsibility to get the best camera coverage of that area by sending camera operators around the House to various mirrored windows to shoot from.

Previously, in response to conversational comments posted to me on Twitter I had suggested that if there was a Live Feed for Big Brother, I would watch it. This line was taken out of context and discussed on Digital Spy. It evolved from the comments being made solely by me, into “what the Directors think”, and then into me being “a Producer for the show” and onto “someone who works there says there should be a Live Feed”. All of that was utter nonsense, based on a single tweet.

Again. There was a peak of activity around face-to-face nominations during the Good, Bad and Ugly Housemates task. It was being suggested that Caroline showed Conor the face of another Housemate from the deck of cards they were using as props to identify their nominations. People began to speculate there was an element of cheating going on, with Caroline either influencing Conors decision, or Caroline looking for guidance on her nomination.

I posted a tweet saying “Looks to me like Caroline was showing Conor her own photo?”. This, yet again, was taken out of context. It became “BREAKING NEWS” by individuals on Twitter and started circulating as something “confirmed” that “producers are trying to cover up”. This too is utter nonsense.

Considering some of my words have been taken as fact by a minority of people, and taken as official comment, I have decided that it’s in my best interest not to interact with fans of the show in any capacity. Quite bluntly, the actions of others are becoming a cause of concern for my employment. It may only be one or two comments out of millions, but it’s affecting me directly.

For those who don’t know, I am also autistic. This means that for those who see a line not to be crossed, that line seems a little bit further away to me. I now understand that my interacting with people, although intently as a positive thing, could be causing a negative impact.

As such, I am no longer going to converse over Social Media with anyone relating to any show I work on. I have guidance as to Social Media, with the basis that anything I write should compliment the shows I work on, and avoid confusion. I understand that my views can easily be mistaken as an official view on a storyline, housemate or the show. It appears that I personally am not causing confusion, but others are, and then pointing at me.

So that’s it. Three strikes. I’m out.

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About Mercian Media

My name is Alex, and I work in the Film and TV industry. I work freelance for various employers on several shows including Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Sky News, Sky Sports, London Live, Bloomberg and QVC. All views are my own.

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