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Celebrity Big Brother cleared over Coolio bullying claims

27 May 2009

Ofcom has rejected more than 500 complaints about bullying on January's  Celebrity  Big Brother, in which the rapper Coolio came in for criticism over his treatment of female housemates.

The media regulator today said it had cleared the Channel 4 reality show despite receiving 527 complaints.

A number of viewers complained about the "misogynistic" and "sexist" way Coolio behaved towards the singer Michelle Heaton, although others said he had been "negatively stereotyped as an aggressive black man".

In its ruling, Ofcom said it recognised that Big Brother was the "type of programme that will almost inevitably contain controversial material and that emotional and potentially offensive exchanges will at times occur between housemates".

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