Big Brother ran into more trouble this morning, when Blind Michael announced he would sue the station over the fake wedding of Mario and Stephanie, and the way he was 'kept in the dark' about its lack of authenticity.
Michael is the blindest housemate in the show's history, and is upset that he was made to look a fool in front of millions of TV viewers by believing in the matrimonial charade that was set up by Big Brother.
Mario and Stephanie were amongst the first four housemates to enter the House last Thursday, and were given a task to convince others that they were a couple. Whilst several housemates correctly guessed that they were not, Michael, who is as blind as a bat, blindly refused to accept what was clear for all to see.
In a Diary Room interview, he said:
"I am a disabled person, and to take advantage of a disabled person in this way is totally unacceptable. I am going to speak to a Disability Rights Group once I get out of this house, and will be invoking the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 card in order to get compensation for my trauma."
The part of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that Michael is referring to, comes under the section 'Ridicule of Disabled Persons - Section 3c (i-iii) para 3' which states:
"No disabled person, including sightless persons, persons with no brains, gormless persons and persons of Scottish extraction who should have known better than to have gone on a TV reality show in front of millions of TV viewers, shall be ridiculed or taken advantage of, unless it is in the public interest to do so."
It is the end of this paragraph with which Channel 4 are contending Michael's claim.
Disability Rights activist Sarah Dogooder said:
"Michael certainly seems to have had the wool pulled over his eyes."