September 06, 2007 09:47 PM by Joe Blackmon
What would a season of Big Brother be without a little controversy in a
power of veto competition? During last seasons’ Big Brother All Stars,
there was the classic doll fight between James Rhine and Janelle
Pierzina. James claimed that Janelle snatched a doll out of his hand
during a power of veto competition, but video footage of the incident
showed Janelle reaching the doll first.
During the most recent Big Brother 8 power of veto competition, houseguests had to grab green rubber balls and use them to fill a tube. Around halfway through the competition, Julie Chen said “Zach has five, but Jameka you have been disqualified, you put a blue ball in your clear tube.”
A closeup shot of Jameka’s tube showed four green balls and one blue ball. Jameka screamed “No, I did not! No, I did not!” Eric then tried to convince Jameka to give him the green ball she still had in her hand, but Jameka kept going and put it in her tube.
Jameka continued her appeal, saying “I did not put that in there, Julie. It fell in there.” After no response from Julie Chen, Jameka yelled again “Julie, I did not put that in there. Please look at the tape.” Despite being told she was disqualified, Jameka continued to play the game. Ultimately, Zach went on to win the power of veto competition.
In Reality TV Magazine’s initial recap of the episode, we called the blue ball controversy irrelevant in the competition because Jameka continued to play, but some Big Brother fans have disagreed. As one Reality TV Magazine poster quickly pointed out, Julie’s disqualification announcement caused Jameka to stop and protest. If Jameka had not slowed down, then the outcome could possible have been different.
An even bigger controversy brewing on some Big Brother message boards is how the blue ball got in Jameka’s tube to begin with. Did it bounce in there by accident as Jameka suggested? Or did another contestant put the blue ball in Jameka’s tube as an act of sabotage? Some Big Brother fans have suggested that Evel Dick might have put the blue ball in Jameka’s tube.
After a careful review of the footage that aired, Reality TV Magazine could find no evidence showing how the blue ball got in Jameka’s tube. However, there is one point in the competition where there does appear to be a blue ball in Evel Dick’s hand. Why is Evel Dick carrying a blue ball? Did he grab it by accident and then quickly discard it? Or was it the same blue ball that eventually wound up in Jameka’s tube?