The fourteenth season of what started out as chaos ended with Ian Terry as winner. He is already covered on Wikipedia and Big Brother Wiki. He has gambled and partied with some of his favorite Big Brother (“BB”) alum in LA and Vegas. Oh Ian. He doesn’t have to make the QuackPack sign with his hand in every picture.
I loved Ian’s win and I am surprised he is so open to the public so shortly after spending three months inside the BB house cut off from the outside world as he knew it. To each his own. When I won in 2003, there was neither Twitter nor Facebook. But there were plenty of Big Brother forums and a few BB websites trying to make it big.
I chose to leave the BB house and get out of the spotlight immediately. I went back home to Manhattan and I picked up my life as I knew it as best I could. Maggie Ausburn, winner of BB6, chose to disappear altogether from the public eye. I read that she was spotted recently, but she refused photos. Everyone who spends their entire summer in the BB house, winner or not, gets their freedom back at the end. What they do with the freedom is their personal choice.
As an avid (putting it mildly) Twitter user @JunDishes I see a lot. Very often I am asked about BB alum and why-they-do-this-and-that and I can’t speak for all. They make a personal choice in how to deal or not deal with fans, peddle their wares, end up on TMZ or not, you get what I’m saying.
It’s easy to get offended on Twitter. I get offended. But tagging people in aggressive tweets and/or encouraging others to do so, or any variation thereof, is unnecessary. Twitter is what you make of it. If someone blocks you, move on and interact with those who don’t block you. The chances of you ever getting unblocked is slim-to-never. I have been blocked by some. I don’t expect to be unblocked. I am okay with occasional blockage. See how ridiculous this is all starting to sound?
The Houseguests sign away their freedom for a summer and what they do with the rest of their lives is up to them. And lest you forget, it’s THEIR Twitter account. They can do with it whatever they want.
WE can follow and take them for what they are. YOU can either unfollow or get blocked and keep expending more energy in rallying people for a lost cause. That is your personal choice. Imagine waking up every morning to up to a thousand tweets (not me, but BB14 alum) and some angry just to be angry about not getting a reply to their original angry tweet(s), etc.
As BB fans, we can always be more mindful. We will never stop complaining, but we can be more mindful.
I, personally, love how my Twitterverse runs.