Not just any kind of “cat lady”, because there are lots of interpretations of the term, but a Big Brother cat lady.
Wikipedia has a page dedicated to explaining what a “cat lady” is:
“At least in the Anglosphere, single women who own cats have long been associated with the concept of spinsterhood. In more recent decades, the concept of a cat lady has been associated with “romance-challenged (often career-oriented) women who can’t find a man”.
The term is also used to denote an animal hoarder who keeps large numbers of cats without having the ability to properly house or care for them. They may be ignorant about their situation.”
My other go-to, Urban Dictionary, even has “crazy cat lady” defined as:
“A woman, usually middle-aged or older, who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend, and fills the empty lonely void in her life with as many cats as she can collect in one place. Said homes are usually very stinky and the aformentioned woman may also very likely be white trash.”
Despite what Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary think they know about cat ladies, only the tried and true fans of Big Brother know what a Big Brother cat lady is. So:
What is a Big Brother Cat Lady?
– It’s not always a cat owner. But there is a high likelihood and not by coincidence, according to this study that links cat ownership to the deterioration of mental health and higher rates of suicide. All jokes aside I can see how people who hate their lives, cats or no cats, would threaten the lives and souls of Big Brother alum and/or fellow fans without remorse. There are Big Brother cat ladies who do actually own cats, but some may own dogs or horses or even be a “functional cat lady” with seemingly normal lives with spouses and families.
– It’s not always a lady. But cat lady sounds better than “cat owner”, because you’ll never see a tweet saying “Uh-oh, the BB cat owners are out.” No, it’s cat ladies, but the number of men living as cat ladies is growing every Big Brother season. I know of at least 49 cat ladies who are in fact cat lady-men, not to be confused with Thai ladyboys, because the Big Brother cat lady syndrome does not discriminate. Men can be afflicted too.
The Big Brother cat lady dedicates so much energy to remain anonymous in their carriage of hate. Hate is the key word here, as it is hate that drives these Big Brother cat ladies. If you own cats and happen to love Big Brother that doesn’t make you a Big Brother cat lady.
It’s near impossible to physically apprehend a Big Brother cat lady, because we’re not just talking about just some generic Wikipedia cat lady or even a regular Urban Dictionary crazy cat lady. So we must hope that one of them reforms themselves one day to help us answer better the question of, “What is a Big Brother Cat Lady?” If you have more insight please share, as always.
Update (Friday, January 24, 2014): The Big Brother Cat Lady ranks are being joined by spill-overs from the Belieber Camp. Many young fans of Big Brother seem to be going to the dark side, taking on Big Brother Cat Lady behaviors. We must stop this phenomenon.