The reality is that most of the people on Twitter who are standing up for non-abusive and non-aggressive behavior on a show that is based entirely on these premises are acting. Faceless animals on Twitter that offer celebrities advice on how to behave on national television aren't saints either.
The concept of a "neutral audience" for a show like "Bigg Boss" is a fallacy, and what happens on social media as a result is a tug of war between the audiences of the show's celebrities. There is no legal or ethical justification for something that occurs on the show or on social media. Check Bigg Boss 15 Live.
It's a show where an individual must project himself with a certain meaning, as host Salman Khan has said numerous times. It may be a Sidharth, with his rational mind and violence, or a Shehnaaz, with her sincerity and ability to entertain. It may be a Gauahar, with her fiery personality, or a Vikas Gupta, with his business acumen. These qualities come at the expense of suppressing the best aspects of one's personality; Sidharth often suppressed his playful and sentimental side, while Gauahar suppressed her humane side in their respective seasons.
The public's perception of their shortcomings becomes the talk of the town, and a slapstick PR war ensues on social media. Many who know, say, person A personally or have known him in the past, support him and attack his opponents. Person B is in the same boat. Via posts and videos on Twitter and Instagram, battle lines are drawn in plain sight. Even as the whole display reeks of rivalry for all competitors, not just two races, more serious topics including woman equality, feminism, and chauvinism are addressed.
Journalists, in their allegiances and relationships, become complicit of the skepticism. Fans, mainly between the ages of 15 and 40, are affected, and as a result, the dialogue around an insignificant war descends to abysmal heights of slut-shaming and, at times, body shaming. In the thirteenth season, age shaming became a tactic when Sidharth Shukla was repeatedly told he was 39 on the show and on social media.
The irony is that the listener is duped. Any other explanation do you have for the regular trends carried out in the name of these contestants? Their idols' fights become their own, and strict patterns occur at all hours of the day and night. Of instance, these, in many ways, are bots attempting to boost an unfamiliar face's social media profile. However, more than half of the crowd is real — people who waste their precious time following patterns.
There's also a line of social media influencers who aim to "influence" the opinion of a wider group by video ratings. A few of them were previous season contestants, and it goes without saying that they are responsible for more than half of the vices they pretend to point out in their ratings.
Viewers of the most recent season of 'Bigg Boss' were able to watch the live feed from the house. This clearly demonstrated what has been said about the show: it is not scripted, but it is heavily edited. Season 14 had so many moments in the live feed that needed to be telecast in the main show, such as Sidharth fooling around. Nobody, on the other hand, must have enjoyed themselves. 'Bigg Boss' is all about drama, and drama sells.
No celebrity or contestant needs to be judged solely on the basis of 24-hour clips condensed into a one-hour special. The main challenge is to judge them based on how real they are, if they are to be judged at all. Toxic positivity is judging them, shading them, or berating them for some cause (read: shading and shaming — of all kinds — are as bad as abusing, maybe even worse).
'Bigg Boss' is a silly concoction of PR campaigns, fan battles, and human behavior in quarantine (read: without cell phones, too) that exists solely to amuse the viewer. It's past time for us to take it less seriously.