4 August 2002

South Africa: Big Bro Prepared for Real Live Sex

Johannesburg — FLIRTING, flashing of boobs and bums, kissing and cuddling is set to be the flavour of this year's Big Brother.

In comparison with Big Brother 1, this group seem far more sexually adventurous.

And Big Brother 2 is prepared for any romping under the duvets. Condoms have been stashed in the bathroom cupboard and will be replaced as necessary. And they will not be deducted from the housemates' weekly allowance.

All the contestants have been tested for HIV.

"We do not know the results of their HIV tests. They were done as part of a full physical and psychological check-up," Carl Fischer, CEO of MagicWorks, M-Net's local production arm said. "By law we are not entitled to know the results of the tests. They were given only to the contestants for them to react to as necessary."

Fischer said if one of the housemates fell pregnant during the show, M-Net would provide a pregnancy test kit.

If they required an abortion, however, medical personnel would be contracted in the same way they would to deal with housemates' medical problems.

Even though housemates were seen kissing passionately in the Jacuzzi on Thursday night, Fischer does not believe that sex is the overriding interest of the show.

"If we had deliberately chosen six lap dancers and six male strippers as housemates, the project would have been interesting for about two days after they had sex with each other," he said.

"But the selection was more deliberate and will make the content more interesting for longer than the last series was."

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