September 12, 2007 11:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
Over the years, Big Brother has been no stranger to controversial
competitions. Last year during Big Brother All-Stars, a
head-of-household competition had to be redone after technical
malfunctions affected the outcome of the game. Also, during Big Brother
All-Stars, a skirmish between Janelle Pierzina and James Rhine during a
power of veto competition led to a slow motion replay to clear up any
possible controversy in regards to the outcome.
However, both of those controversies now pale in comparison to a storm that is brewing over a single blue ball. During a competition on September 6, 2007, Jameka Cameron was disqualified from the power of veto competition for putting a blue ball in her tube according to Julie Chen. Houseguests were only supposed to put green balls in their tubes.
Jameka immediately protested that she hadn’t put the blue ball in her tube, but her protests fell on deaf ears. On the same night that the competition aired, Reality TV Magazine reported on the belief by some Big Brother fans that Evel Dick put the blue ball in Jameka’s tube. Reality TV Magazine even posted a screenshot that showed Evel Dick clutching a blue ball in his hand shortly before Jameka’s disqualification.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a network spokesperson told them that the blue ball accidentally bounced into Jameka’s tube. However, some Big Brother fans are now questioning that possibility. Given the size of the tubes, the odds would seem to be heavily stacked against a blue ball hitting at the exact angle necessary to land in Jameka’s tube. Did CBS really even bother to review the tapes to confirm what happened?
The latest twist to happen in the blue ball conspiracy is that the live feeds have revealed that the blue ball is still a subject of controversy in the house. In a conversation between Evel Dick and Daniele on Tuesday, Evel Dick asked “How do you like the fact that Jameka really won the POV?”
Also, producers apparently talked about the blue ball with Evel Dick just today. After a diary room session, Evel Dick ranted “you’ve got fifty million ****ing cameras, ****ing replay and you find out what the **** happened if there’s any ****ing question, not five days later, before the next competition.”
Evel Dick’s rant has led some Big Brother fans on the official CBS message board to speculate that Big Brother producers are just now questioning Evel Dick on if he put the blue ball in Jameka’s tube. Other fans are speculating that maybe Zach accidentally put the blue ball in Jameka’s tube, because his tube was right beside Jameka’s. The biggest question among fans is why CBS has simply not aired slow motion footage of exactly how the blue ball wound up in Jameka’s tube.
In the past, CBS has aired footage to clear up controversies, but the lack of footage in this case is adding fuel to the conspiracy theory. If CBS has footage of the ball bouncing into Jameka’s tube, then it would at least prove it was just random bad luck. However, if the footage shows someone else putting the blue ball in Jameka’s tube, then Big Brother producers are in a bind because they did not immediately investigate and redo the competition.