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‘Big Brother’ is too Orwellian, watchdog sez

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BUDAPEST — Reality TV stalwart “Big Brother” is deja vu for Romanian regulators still reeling from 40 years of totalitarianism.

On May 22, the National Audio Visual Council rebuked the local “Big Brother” franchise for being an Orwellian nightmare that had come true — and it said the show’s nudity, sex, and machinations were poisoning young viewers.

The council slammed producers for violating the human rights of its live-in cast by filming them incessantly, even in the bathroom. It ordered producers to give contestants some means to escape the cameras. “Television shows must respect human dignity, the rights of participants and family values,” the council stated.

Critics have countered that by meddling in the mores of viewers, the council is being a dictator itself.

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