Big Brother Roma

Papal conclave: eight reasons why it’s just like Big Brother

Wondering why having a bunch of rather eccentric people locked away incommunicado, while the rest of us watch on obsessively, seems vaguely familiar? Wonder no more …

Meanwhile, back in the living room, one of the cardinals reads out the next task … Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

If you’re starting to feel as if this whole papal conclave thing seems a bit familiar, then relax. You have definitely seen it before. No, not in any of the previous papal conclaves that have taken place with the same rigid formality over the course of 800 years, but in an episode of Big Brother. They’re basically the same thing.

Stick with me here. The similarities between the selection of the new pope and an average series of Big Brother are endless. In fact, without wanting to sound disrespectful in any way, there’s a pretty good chance that, as we speak, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples is angrily interrupting a tops-off hot-tub party between Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo of Ranchi and Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw to find out who put a fried egg in his knicker draw. Need proof of these similarities?

Read on

Read on

Yes, there are many similarities…



3 thoughts on “Big Brother Roma

  1. Alex Jones says:

    Except the public get no vote or say in the election.

  2. […] I was a bit disappointed that it only took five votes over two days. You get a better deal with Big Brother, at least they are sequestered for three months. I have about the same level of interest in both the conclave and BB… zero! You can read about the similarities on They Say it’s in the Genes. […]

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