Five Things We Could All Learn From Luisa Zissman
Somehow I managed to get completely sucked in to this year’s Celebrity Big Brother. It really wasn’t intentional, and perhaps highlights the exciting, fast paced lifestyle which I lead, but I’m really not bothered about admitting it (and neither’s this guy). With the final on Wednesday pulling in over 3 million viewers, it seems to have been the hot topic of conversation with friends, family and pretty much anyone I’ve had a conversation with over the last 27 days. It’s kind of reminiscent of the time when Big Brother was actually a big deal on a normal channel y’know?
However, the biggest surprise of dedicating an amount of hours I don’t wish to total to watching CBB, was the fondness I developed for Luisa Zissman. Having never watched The Apprentice in my life, I hadn’t actually heard of her until the show started. I feel like I learnt a lot from watching Luisa and I’m going to share that with you all now…
1. SAY WHAT YA THINK
The first time I remember thinking, yeah fair play, was when Luisa was in the diary room talking about Dappy and Lee, and how they were so concerned with the public’s perception of them whilst they were in the house. She said something like, “You can’t go through life not saying things just because you want people to like you.” True dat right? She then followed it up a couple of weeks later saying, “If I’m a bitch cos I’m honest, then I’m a bitch.” I mean, she probs went a bit far at times, but it was kind of refreshing to see somebody who clearly said exactly what they were thinking regardless of the consequences, bad or good.
2. BE LESS MODEST
I kind of lost track of the amount of times Lu Lu told us she was a successful business woman with a lot of money and that Jim had never met a woman like her. But you know what? If you made that ca$h (whether it’s 9-5 or shaking that ass hey, Missy Elliott) then why not be proud of it? In a society where we constantly talk down our achievements and discussing salaries or pay cheques is basically off limits, she just seemed to throw it out there. If she thinks she’s the best thing since sliced bread, then why the fuck not? You earned it gurl.
3. STAND UP FOR YOUR SEXUALITY
I was all like, yeah I like this Luisa girl, she’s entertaining, whatever. Then that row with Dappy happened and I was like POW SOCK IT TO HIM. According to Dappy, if a woman sleeps with more than five men in one night, that is considered “disgusting”, “loose”, “dirty” and “cheap”. She called him a “wannabe gangster” and a "sexist, chauvinistic bigot" then almost threw a glass of water on him, before telling him she refused to argue with someone of his “level of intelligence”. To which he replied he had a B in Maths GCSE. I think we all know who the clear winner is here. (In the subsequent IQ test Big Bro set Luisa and Dappy, Luisa got 69% and Dappy got 5%. But what does that matter when you’re a whore who sleeps around?) She then cemented her credentials by rowing with Jim about ironing men’s shirts, and asking the other female housemates if any of them did that for their husbands. I remember Liz openly scoffing. But according to Jim that’s what women do. Good that the two most sexist people in the house were who the British public chose to be the two finalist’s isn’t it?
4. FORGIVE PEOPLE
After that, who could’ve guessed the way that things would pan out between her and Dapster? Obviously his manhood had an impenetrable allure (no pun intended). Seriously though, she rowed with almost everybody, and came out getting on with everybody. EVEN JIM. If you can forgive Jim Davidson love, you are a stronger woman than I am. She said to Lionel after the all mighty chocolate row, “I can’t hold grudges with people if I really like them.” Wise words. Life’s too short. Ask yourself - does it matter who ate the chocolates?
5. ADMIT WHEN YOU’RE WRONG
Admitting you’re wrong is hard. But I imagine it’s even harder to do on live national television. In her exit interview when Emma asked Luisa if there was anything she regretted, she said something about being less hard on Ollie. All the poor bloke did was (FINALLY) offer an opinion and apparently that made it “the Ollie show” and it meant he thought he was “fabulous”. Just FYI, Luisa’s Twitter handle is ‘TheLuLuLife’. However, everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone will hold their hands up and admit it. I felt like she did that more times in the house, but I can’t think of a good example, so that will just have to do.
Who’d have thought reality television could be so educational. Luisa, I’m not hailing you as saviour of the universe, the new face of feminism, or even as a good person. I don’t know you. I just appreciated watching you. So thanks babe.